Our Spiritual Metamorphosis:
Intimacy with God
Did you know a caterpillar has the DNA of the butterfly before it is physically transformation is seen?
When one trust Christ as Savior we have the DNA of God through the indwelling of His Holy Spirit. We have the DNA of a child of God before the physical fruit is seen in our walk!
In this video John Lynch explains this analogy for the new nature inside every Christian.
Just like a caterpillar and butterfly, we go through stages, our transformation or maturity in Christ is determined by our trust in God. Notice I didn’t say “by Pleasing God.”
The difference in pleasing and trusting is in our motivation. Cain wanted to Please God, Abel trusted God. When you trust God you please God. When you try to please God by your works you become self righteous.
“These people…honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me.”
I know this becasue I was trapped for years trying to please God through church attendance and obedience to legalistic standards. (See chapters of my life at Treadmill to Relationship: From Mask to Truefaced)
I wore a mask, trying to do and say all the right things to please God. My focus was on what I had to do to grow into deeper level of intimacy with God. I learned I don’t have to do anything but trust to grow into deeper level of intimacy with God.
By trusting God, through Christ we are transformed by love and indwelt by the Holy Spirit, which produces the fruit of the spirit.
“...love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love….Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him….We love because He first loved us” (1 Jn.4:7b,8,16b,19).
God has provided us with the tools (repentance, prayer, His Word) we need to break free by gaining an understanding and by trusting Him. As you turn your troubles to Him you can feel safe, secure, and loved.
A relationship with God is meant to be a love affair of the heart–between father and child. John said, “We love because He first loved us” (4:19).
- Transition: From Religion to Relationship podcast teaching series designed to help people embrace the work of Christ and thus trade the bondage of religious thinking for the freedom of relational living- Wayne Jacobsen
- Epic: The Story God Is Telling and the Role That Is Yours to Play -Excerpt by John Eldredge (also one of the authors of Truefaced)