Chapter 2 No Unsolvable Puzzle

Formation in Christ is not a haphazard thing. Though mysterious spiritual experiences like Paul’s Damascus road can be meaningful, it does not constitute spiritual formation. God is not a God of disorder and although He can choose to work in disorder it is not His preferred way of working. Why should spiritual formation be any different? We must humble ourselves and submit to the ways that God chose to work in us.

 

Experiment

What do you already know about how God is forming your soul? Make some notes as you read through this book. What do you think of the following ideas of soul transformation?

  • Immerse yourself in the words of the New Testament. What would it look like to experience Scripture passages and taste and see that God is good? How does it help you to hear God speaking to you?
  • “Where there’s a will, there’s a way” is not true. When have you strained to become a better person, relying on your will alone?
  • Spiritual formation in Christ is an orderly process. Confess to any beliefs that you might have that spiritual growth somehow without you paying attention to it. Consider what God has done that has facilitated the most growth in you. How did you cooperate in this?

 

Pray and ask God to show you today the small steps in your life that would lead to inner transformation.

 

Chapter 3 Change Me On The Inside

Our lives are the result of what we have become in our inner being. From our inner self we make the choices that affect our lives and those around us.  That is why Jesus’ revolution is one of the heart, to bring all human life under the ruler ship of God. The revolution is one of character of individuals that in the end form society and we will see “… a mighty flood of justice, a river of righteous living that will never run dry.” Amos 5:24 NIV.

 

Spiritual formation of the Christian’s soul is Spirit-driven forming the inner man into the image of the inner being of Christ. The outer life is a natural outflow of this. Christian spiritual transformation is entirely focused on Christ and is brought on through the purposeful interaction with the grace of God in Christ.

 

When regrettable words “slip out”, we didn’t have the time to dress up what was in our heart before it came tumbling out of our mouth. Unsavoury thought leaks out in objectionable words and actions. (Luke 6:45). [Note: I remember my dad explaining to me Galatians 5 and how a tree doesn’t strive and try to produce fruit, it just does it.] As we let what is stored in our hearts be transformed, we behave as Jesus would have.

Experiment

What sort of heart would you like to have? Read 1 Cor. 13:4-5. Form your dreams and desires for your heart into a prayer.

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