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          God changed life.
               By Caleb
              Many Christians today think that one prayer uttered to
God and a public confession is all there is to
salvation.  Some may think even less than that is
necessary, but let me share something that recently
jumped out at me during a sermon.  In II Corinthians
5:17 it says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is
a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all
things are become new.”  Now, I’m no authority on
ancient Greek, so I have no way of knowing if this
passage is translated exactly word for word, but I do
believe that God takes an active part in preserving His
Word and so far I have no reason to doubt this
interpretation.  (Anyway, I digress...)  The point that
I would like to show you is in the verse itself, “All
things are become new.”  Isn’t it interesting that it
says “are”; not “have”, or “did”, or some other
past-tense word.  It specifically says “are” as in the
process continues and doesn’t stop.  Some of you may
say this is mere semantics and that’s fine, but I
believe that it was written this way on purpose.  We
are told to continually strive to be like Christ, and
this verse shows us that it is a necessary part of
salvation.  Accepting Jesus in your life changes you at
the point of conversion, yes, but it also continues to
change you throughout your life.  The verse also says
that “if any man be in Christ,” so in order to be
continually renewed, you must dwell in Christ.  Kenneth
Copeland teaches that the word Christ translates into
“the Anointed One and His Anointing.”  So this verse could
also say, “if any man be in [the Anointed One and His
Anointing], he is a new creature...”  That is the
result of a dynamic relationship with the Creator of
the Universe, He changes you constantly.  His desires
become your desires and your habits melt away to make
room for His habits.  The more you spend time in
Christ, the more you change.  You don’t even have to
    There are so many of us (myself included) that
take it upon themselves to change an area of their life
that they are not happy with.  Take New Year’s
Resolutions for example, what are they?  A bunch of
promises made by mortal, fallible human beings. 
Promises that we know we have no way of keeping.  They
are usually broken after a few days and we feel
horrible afterwards.  But dwelling in the Anointed One
and His Anointing is going to change us for sure!  And
its always available, in Hebrews 13:5 God tells us
that, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”  And
a promise by our sovereign, infallible, loving God is a
promise that you can count on.  He definitely has the
means to keep his promises.  Sometimes, you don’t even
realize that you’ve been changed.  There have been
things in my life that I thought I’d never be able to
give up.  Then one day I realized that I hadn’t done
those things in a few weeks and there was no gaping
hole in my life.  Why?  Because God came into me and
changed my lifestyle.  He altered my being so that I
depended on Him rather than on those earthly things. 
Its wonderful to have a personal relationship with God,
and I know that there is much more that I could be
doing, but my laziness continues to get in the way. 
    I encourage you to put God into your life every second
that you can and don’t just try to squeeze Him in at
the end of the day.  Rearrange your schedule and put
time with God in stone at the very beginning.  Trust
me, you’ll thank yourself and more importantly, you’ll
be living a changed life!