Posted by: Brian Musser | February 17, 2013

God Is Changing Me to Be Like Christ

35 Days Toward PEACE – Week 4 Discipleship (Day 23)

The goal of this devotional is to develop the spiritual disciplines and habits over the next 35 days that will allow the PEACE of Jesus Christ to change our lives for the better.  Is that what you want?  Are you willing to join me in the journey?

As we continue to develop our daily conversation with God we are going to spend this week talking about becoming more like Christ.  The “C” in PEACE is fro the Challenge to be like Christ.  Becoming like Christ is process mediated by the Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives.  As we open ourselves up to the God’s work in our lives and the Holy Spirit gains more and more access to the whole of who we are, we change.  We become more like Christ.  A daily part of our process should be evaluating where we are as it come to our “Christ-like-ness.”  How are you doing?  what specific part of you are you trying to change to look more like Him?  Over the next seven days we are going to look at Christ, what it means to be “Christ-like,” look at specific things that need to change in us and focus our prayers around those changes.

Romans 8:28-39 (NIV)
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.  And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?  Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.  Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?  As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,  neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

As I read these verses, I realize that God has determined that someday I will be conformed into the image of His Son.  I will be Christ-like.  This is awesome.  This is a process that starts here and now as I work alongside the Holy Spirit to become more like the Son.  But this is a process that will ultimately completed upon my glorification by the power of God when I step into heaven.  It may seem hard at this moment but remember the God of the universe is working with you.

Watch the following YouTube video by Chris Tomlin.  Sing along if you want to but use the words of the song either vocally or mentally to think about who Christ is and what He has done for us.

After reading the verses and watching the video remember Christ’s Sacrifice as you approach the Lord in prayer.

  1. Praise God for who He is.
  2. Ask God to forgive us of our sins.
  3. Ask God to help you in the same specific area as yesterday to become more like Christ.
  4. Ask God to bless others.
  5. Thank God that He is for us and will do a great work in our lives.
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