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“The Spirit of the LORD will come upon you in power and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person.” 1 Samuel 10:6
These were some of Samuel’s words to Saul when he anointed him as king, God’s chosen leader over Israel.
God’s promise to Saul was fulfilled, as we read just a few verses later:
“As Saul turned to leave Samuel, God changed Saul’s heart, and all these sign were fulfilled that day.” (1 Samuel 10:9)
“You will be changed into a different person.”
Doesn’t that sound glorious?
How wonderful it would be to have my failings and insecurities removed and to be remade into a different person. The idea captures my imagination and stirs me with longing.
The good news is that the invitation and the promise of change have been extended to every one of us. Jesus didn’t die so that our lives could be improved or upgraded; He died so that we could be transformed – a completely different person.
Paul put it this way, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
That promise of newness is for each person who accepts Jesus Christ’s sacrifice for their sins.
Sometimes the evidence of change is instantaneous, other times it appears more gradually, but the truth remains the same – if God’s Spirit lives in us we will be changed.
Thank you Gracious God, that I am a new creation in Christ. Thank you for washing away the old and filling me with Your Holy Spirit. Help me to live in the reality that I am a different person.
Questions: How has God changed you? How does the hope of change encourage you? How does believing that God has changed you affect your daily life?
About this Author: Suzanne Benner