Do you need a Character makeover?
Christ has given us no assurance that to attain the perfection of character is an easy matter. A noble, all-round character is not inherited. It does not come to us by accident. A noble character is earned by individual effort through the merits and grace and Christ. God gives the talents, the powers of the mind; we form the character. It is formed by hard, stern battles with self. Conflict after conflict must be waged against hereditary tendencies. We shall have to criticize ourselves closely and allow not one unfavorable trait to remain uncorrected…. O.F.C.P308 Ellen G. White
Change is necessary if we are striving for Eternal Life. We have to take a hard look from within and evaluate how far our character is from the character that God requires.
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. there is no law against these things! Galatians 5:22,23 NLT
We must let go of bad attitudes, anger, hostility, unforgiveness, impatience, and all other characteristics that do not reflect that we are Saints of God. It is not enough for us to wear the label as a Christian–appearing as a beautifully gift-wrapped package and hold onto ungodly traits that we have cultivated due to heredity or environment.
It is our sinful nature that we can secretly hide from others; even so, God is fully aware of who we truly are from the inside out. Remember to always pray, study the Word of God, to resist temptation by walking away from conflict, and to form the habit of Silence.
It is when we choose to remain silent that God can demonstrate His mighty power; our Spiritual team will intervene on our behalf when we acquiesce to the Holy Spirit. We can listen with spiritual ears and hear the instructions and see the manner in which God will manifest his power.
Yes, it will be one of the greatest challenges to begin the work of modifying our character. However, if we are obedient to God, then we will overcome, and begin to reflect that we are clean from the inside out. God is willing and able to cleanse us from all unrighteousness and to fill us with His precious Holy Spirit.
Do your part today…you will love the new and improved you!
Bible Reading: Galatians 5
Prayer for today: Dear God, We ask forgiveness for the sinful traits that we have proudly cultivated and held on to. From this day forward, we desire a complete spiritual makeover of our character that is enmity against you. We desire to be cleansed from all unrighteousness and to be filled with your Holy Spirit. We believe and we receive the blessings that come from being Christ-like from the inside out. We love you, and we praise your Holy Name, and we humbly ask this prayer in the Worthy name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019