Principles for Personal Change: Process

“You must put on your new nature because you are a new person, created in God's likeness—righteous, holy, and true.” (Ephesians 4:24)

When God wants to remove the defects in your life, he doesn't just snap his fingers so that it happens instantly. He does it incrementally. You've heard me say this before: When God wants to make a mushroom, he takes six hours, but when God wants to make an oak tree, he takes 60 years. 

Question: Do you want to be a mushroom or an oak tree?

The Holy Spirit will make changes in your life far beyond anything you thought was possible, but they’re not going to happen overnight. That's why we're working on a Decade of Destiny, not a Day of Destiny. My prayer for you is that, through the work of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God, and with support from your small group, you will be more mature, more Christlike, and further along in your purpose ten years from today.

My prayer is that ten years from today, you will be stronger emotionally, physically, spiritually, psychologically, and financially, but you've got to be intentional about it. The Bible says, “You must put on your new nature because you are a new person, created in God's likeness—righteous, holy, and true.”

This is how we become more like Jesus. The apostle Paul says, “As the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like Him” (1 Corinthians 3:18 LB).

Take a look at this new curriculum from Saddleback Resources: Raising Your Kids without Raising Your Blood Pressure

© Copyright 2011 Rick Warren. Used by permission.

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