Transformation comes through repentance. Not the apologizing for sin, but the change of ones mind from a lie to the truth. The lies keep us in bondage, darkness, and feelings of condemnation. The truth sets us free. Yet, not a truth that is separated from Jesus. In other words, truth as a person and not a principle sets us free. The Truth set us free. Jesus, who is Truth, became the Door into the presence of the Father. It is by His blood that we can come boldly into the throne room of grace and presence. (see Hebrews 4:16,10:19-22)
Transformation happens in, and only in, the presence of God. As we behold Him, worship Him, and give Him thanks, we are changed by the very glory we are beholding. Transformation isn’t simply an increase of knowledge. It’s when we literally change how we think because of the Truth. That is repentance. It changes the thoughts we wake up with in the morning. It alters the way we respond, or rather react. Changes occur in how we view circumstances. Are we identifying ourselves by what happens to us or by what Truth has declared over us? We see the Kingdom of God as bigger than the kingdom of this world. All this and more happen in His presence. And the Way has been opened.
We will never learn enough or grow enough that will make God unnecessary. We will always be dependent on Him and His presence. That’s why we need to cultivate our consciousness of His presence in our lives. We should always be hungry for more. Romans 8:31-39 declares that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. He is not condemning, He is talking to the Father on our behalf. We overwhelmingly conquer by His love.
We can stay outside trying to change and end up staying the same. Or, we can enter boldly, by the blood of the Lamb of God, and be changed from glory to glory. Striving gets us nowhere. Resting in the finished work of Christ ushers us in to the presence of God. There is only one way to come before God. Just as you are. With every wrong thought, feeling, and even action, we come to our loving Father by the blood of Jesus. There, we are transformed. Christ is formed in us. We are conformed to the image of His Son!