I wanted to talk to you about a topic that’s been on my heart recently. The topic is that it takes more than declaring Jesus your Lord and Savior to walk as a new creation in Him. Transformation in Christ involves much more.
When I rededicated my life to Christ on January 24th 2018, I believed that all I had to do was go to church on Sundays and I was good. Meanwhile, I kept all of my vices: drinking, smoking, promiscuity, anger, depression etc, and had no motivation to change any of it. It wasn’t until I began praying, reading the word of God every day, and making a genuine attempt to make Jesus the center of my life, that things truly started to change for me.
The Lord began speaking to me or rather because I was actively seeking Him, I began hearing Him better. And He began to heal me by dealing with all of my vices patiently and intentionally. Through Christ, I’m almost two years sober from any alcohol or drugs, and I now have proper strategy for dealing with the emotional instability that I once suffered from.
Now let me be clear, when you declare Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you are saved and you experience “Spiritual Freedom” for “if the Son sets you free, you are truly free John 8:36NLT.” However what you lack as a believer when you stop here is “Spiritual Awareness.” As believers we recognize that we live in two realms simultaneously at all times, the physical/natural realm and the spiritual realm. Our earthly vessels give us immediate access to the natural realm, but only daily relationship with Jesus gives you access to the spiritual realm, thus giving you Spiritual Awareness.
Spiritual Awareness is just as important as Spiritual Freedom because by making Jesus the active, center of your life, you allow Him to give you timely wisdom about how to address different things going on in your life. This is where all the miracles, signs, and wonders come from because you allow Jesus to move on your behalf and WIN all of your battles for you.
I believe a lot of Christians end up disappointed when they first convert because they think things will just change overnight. I know because I was one of them. But as I’ve grown on this journey in Christ, I’ve thought about how much it would’ve helped me to know that, I have to be ready to change in order to see change.
I want to encourage anyone in the faith who might be wondering why things don’t seem to be moving the way they believed they would. Continue to pray, continue to let Jesus in through reading the word of God and worshipping. All of these things will increase your ability to hear Him as you seek Him. Remember, if you only have Spiritual Freedom, you’re only half-awake. You need Spiritual Awareness as well to be fully woke.
Til’ next time adieu.