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The Hope of Change

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.

Romans 6:5

Watch Week One: Is Change Really Possible?

The gospel changes everything.

Whether you have followed Jesus for a few days or followed him for thirty years, you know that he is our hope and our salvation. But when you wake up and look in the mirror each day, how do you change into a person who lives and looks more like Jesus? How does your day-to-day spiritual growth happen?

This is where we’re headed with this six-week study. And let’s be clear. This isn’t a self-help study. There’s no checklist of things for you to strike off that will take you from point A to point B. The gospel is what changes you. The work of the Holy Spirt in your life changes you. So, what does it look like to let the gospel transform you every day? We’re going to discover that we don’t work for our salvation. We work out our salvation.

becoming like Jesus

There is a big word we use for working out our salvation called sanctification. It just means the process of becoming more like Jesus every single day. We love him. We have a relationship with him. Now how do we live like him?

We want to change, but we cannot do it our own. Does that make you feel free or like a failure? For those of us who like control and being able to do everything on our own, the need for help feels uncomfortable. But an artist does not stare at his paint brushes and expect them to create by themselves. He picks them up. He combines them with paint. He cleans them. He creates. In the same way, the Holy Spirit works in us and through us. Another one of our studies, Enjoying Jesus, states: “Jesus doesn’t call us to simply put his teaching into practice by our own willpower. If we try to do that, we will fail. We will be utterly unprepared to turn the other cheek or to love our enemy if we haven’t spent time with Christ in the unseen, everyday things.”

We were made to reflect our savior, but we don’t do that on our own. We become more like Jesus when we surrender and let him work in us. You are his creation, and he has a great plan in mind for you. When you get to know him more, it becomes so much easier to see that his way for you is better than your own way. Take a deep breath knowing that.

There is hope. You can change because Jesus and the work of the Holy Spirit changes you. Praise be to God. Hope is alive.

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What are your hopes for this study? What would you like be different by the end?

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To call on the Spirit which I forget I have sometimes 😩 to help me get unstuck, to help me live the way I really want to live, I just finished Get Out of Your Head and since then I’ve been in my Bible more and looking forward to it! Thank you Jennie, and all fellow IFers!🙏💚

Oh this is SOOOOO good yes just like Paul said
For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do–this I keep on doing.
Oh LORD JESUS help me to do your will lead by YOUR HOLY SPIRIT

My hopes are to change with the spirit of Christ and not by my own determination. My own determination fails. For I am not truly changed. I am playing a role. I want to truly change.
I want to be able to step outside of my self and help others. I am shy and worried about what others think of me. I want to do what God wants me to do. I want to be able to do it afraid.

I would love to surrender all control of the things I cannot control to God! I want to be at peace with myself knowing that God is the one directing the life of my kids and mine . To worry less of the unknown

I need to learn to receive. I have loved and followed Jesus my entire life but I’m always *working* at it – there isn’t a single thing or relationship in my life that I haven’t had to work hard for. I 100% don’t know how to receive.

I need a refreshing of God’s spirit…I’ve become too comfortable, neglecting & downgrading the fact that the Creator of the universe desires to spend time with ME! I need the hunger for His Word, the desire for His Presence.

My desire is a deeper intimacy with Jesus. I want His Spirit to permeate every part of my mind, my heart, and my actions. I want to walk in His Spirit and not in my flesh. It is so important to seek His face early in the morning and to surrender control of my day to Him. Oneness. Rest. Living out of that place. Knowing His love for me and loving others. Change me, Holy Spirit. Have all of me.

To develop daily rhythms of surrender that make me more like Jesus. I want to purposefully make a daily choice to live for Jesus in the spaces He has called me to. To influence & change them for His Kingdom vs them influencing & changing me, by making my heart hard & my mind overwhelmed & frustrated. I want to daily make a choice to allow the Holy Spirit to lead & guide me, in actions, in words, & in my thoughts.

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