During the New Year, millions will partake in New Year’s resolutions. Some resolutions are trivial; others are major turning points that may result in failure and disappointment. The majority will break their declarations before the end of the new month. This is expected and understandable. We become accustomed to specific situations and behaviors and are unable to change. However, we must find a way to strive to succeed in our pending undertakings if we wish victory. A heart may want to accomplish tentative goals, however, a confident mindset is required for optimal results in transformation.
Everything is a Process
I believe that denominationalism and opinions can become complicated, especially when you begin your new walk with God. Depending on the avenue of faith, which you are free to follow, many Elders, Pastors, and Ministers have expectations and time frames regarding your spiritual growth. Many expect your behaviors and conduct to immediately change the moment after your declaration of accepting God into your life, others after your baptism.
The Transition can be Slow
Despite how much we intend to transform as a new creation in God’s eyes, we must understand that everything is a process. I would expect certain behaviors to continue but diminish in time. You will likely struggle with certain mindsets as you strive towards holiness. However, as you frequently have communion with God, foster a healthy prayer life, study scripture, fellowship with fellow believers, introvert yourself from the toxicity of people and situations, you will begin to see your spiritual development. It all starts in the heart, followed by your mind.
Transformation of the Mind
Scripture has conveyed, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what the will of God is, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)
If your mind tells you that you cannot do it, I guarantee that it cannot be done. But, if you tell yourself you can do it, the probability is it will be done. Become so determined to the point you become unbeatable. Determination is fundamental in life, from spiritual growth, interpersonal growth, and professional growth.
In the intelligent design, God created, we can be reborn despite our existence in this world. Jesus replied, “‘ Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.’
‘How can someone be born when they are old?’ Nicodemus asked. ‘Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!’ Jesus answered, ‘Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to Spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.'” (John 3:3-7)
Transformation: The New You
As all babies begin to crawl until they start to walk, they will stumble. This is part of the learning process. They grow through what they go through, and so will you. When you see yourself stumbling and going astray, seek guidance, and pray to become steadfast. Everyone has different needs and circumstances. As we all know, metamorphosis is progressive and unfolds within steps. The key is to strive to be better and endure. In time you will begin to walk upright as God intended. Always keep in mind transformation is a process!