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When Will I Be Changed?


The goal is not to change me. I’m already changed. The goal is to mature. When I depend on the new creature I’ve been made into through the work of Jesus at the cross, I begin to live healthier, more free of sin, more free to love. —The Cure, by John Lynch, Bruce McNicol, and Bill Thrall.

I have to admit, on some level, I’ve been obsessed with changing. I have thought one day I’ll be free of the tendency to isolate myself or anger or lust or anything else. I don’t want to settle for rules when God promised a “changed me.”

All that is great, but I’m realizing it’s been part of the problem.

By looking at a point of change, I deny the freedom I was made to live in right now. I deny that He’s already changed me and He continues to bring me into maturity. It’s hard to believe this because I don’t feel like it.

I don’t feel changed, but it doesn’t matter. Truth is truth. I don’t always feel like God is with me, but I believe He will never leave nor forsake me. I don’t always feel like He is good, but I know it’s true.

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. –2 Corinthians 5:17

If old things are passed away and new things have come, I’m not the same. If I’m a new creature in Christ, I can’t go back. I have to accept He did a complete work and it’s having its full effect in me.

A sculpture made out of recycled car parts is never going to one day revert into an automobile. It has a new purpose. It was fashioned for something different. You were created again, born again. You cannot be unchanged.

Jesus didn’t become theoretical sin. He actually became real sin, in every possible way that sin can be sin. And if the corollary holds, then we didn’t become theoretical righteousness. We became real righteousness in every possible way that righteousness can be righteousness. That didn’t happen to anyone before Jesus. Now we’re free. —The Cure, by John Lynch, Bruce McNicol, and Bill Thrall.

Real sin. Real righteousness. Real change.

I’ve mistakenly believed that freedom would come when I had tackled my many issues and didn’t screw up so often. It’s freedom that allows Him room to work that grace into every part of me. Seeing yourself as changed and loved no matter what feels so counterintuitive and even dangerous.

It’s how He set it up so I will have to accept it. Those who are truly in Christ cannot go back to a life of sin and depravity. You can mess up and fall short. You can even sin, but it doesn’t revoke His righteousness or change you into unrighteousness. It doesn’t take away the change He purchased for you.

What do you think? Is this a hard concept for you (as it is me)? What helps you remember these things?

cure2Welcome to week 1 of Chapter 3 discussion of The Cure (disclosure) by John Lynch, Bruce McNicol, and Bill Thrall. We are taking a sentence, paragraph, or passage that inspires, encourages, or challenges and writing about it. Once again, we’ll be taking 2 weeks per chapter as these are dense and thought-provoking words. If you have a response on your blog, head over to my friend and co-facilitator, Sarah Salter’s blog for her thoughts and the widget to add your post. Whether you’ve read the chapter or not, please dive into the conversation!


  1. As I read this chapter, wrote my post, and read your post, I realized something, we are like the Galatians.

    We are denying Grace to follow the Law and fix ourselves by ‘adherence to it’.

    • You are so right, Dusty. We read passages like what Paul wrote, “who bewitched you” and we don’t see that we are so easily bewitched ourselves. Law doesn’t bring freedom. Never can and never will. Thank you, Dusty!

  2. As I read your post I thought of all the deceptions of satan. He will use anything, especially the emotions of guilt and pride, to keep us from walking in the freedom we have in being made new through the work of Christ.
    For years I doubted my salvation. I kept re-saying the sinners prayer. I lived with such guilt over my sins- surely I had to try harder, I had to prove myself worthy before God truly accepted me- only then would I “feel” saved. Satan used my emotions against me.
    Not sure what happened or why I finally accepted His grace, but thankfully after years of struggling, I am free from that trap. I give credit to God for delivering me from that horrible repetitive cycle. I know I am saved. Satan can’t get me with the lie any longer- but he’s got other things he traps me with. And only God can shed light on it and bring me to deliverance.

    • That’s a beautiful thing, TC! When His Spirit witnesses in our spirit that we are truly His child and assured of salvation, it’s amazing. For me, I go through cycles where I fall short and I feel guilty or ashamed that the enemy tries to tell me I need to work my way back. It’s so subtle and seems so righteous, but it’s bondage and won’t produce. All of those deceptions! Jesus aims to break them all! Thanks TC.

  3. Great thoughts here. Yes, there is a paradox and dilemma in trying to understand this truth -- we are new creatures in Him, but constantly being renewed and transformed into His image. We have His very Spirit dwelling within us -- but we’re constantly being refined to look more like Him.

    I have spent most of my life believing the message that I need to change. All too often, I listen to “old tapes” -- many of which I am now understanding are recorded or enhanced by the enemy. I’m either *too much* this, or *not enough* that. Maybe it’s just me getting older, but I don’t have the energy to keep up the self-bashing.

    I know that I am a work in progress. But I am asking God to help me accept the way He made me. Maybe what He really wants me to understand is that the sculpture that is *me* is just the way He intended -- now He just has some polishing to do!

    What helps me with all of these things is the deep knowledge I have -- and the knowledge that is rooting itself ever deeper into my heart -- is how very much I AM LOVED!

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    • Accepting His love is so key! And I so appreciate your thoughts, Sharon. Thank you.

  4. “If old things are passed away and new things have come, I’m not the same. If I’m a new creature in Christ, I can’t go back. I have to accept He did a complete work and it’s having its full effect in me.”
    These statements truly spoke to my heart today, Jason. Yes, I am changed by Jesus taking my sins away, but I’m not a finished product. His work is complete, yes, but God does lead us into a more mature and spirit-filled faith when we allow him to continue to reveal His glory in new and unexpected ways in our lives. My prayer is that we will allow him to make us “new” creatures each and every day.
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    • Amen. He renews the passion, the commitment, the grace--and brings us closer to Him as He conforms us to the image of Jesus. Thank you, Martha!

  5. Wow. Great thoughts. Much insight and wisdom here, my friend. Great analogy about the car parts! It is all about His love and grace, not our legalism….

    • Thank you, Floyd! It can be so hard to remember at times, but His truth truly does set us free.

  6. Your last paragraph, Bro… SPOT. ON. Good stuff! 🙂
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    • You know you’re talking to someone with rejection issues when my first thought after reading your comment was, “so the rest was crap but that last paragraph was good.” 🙂 I don’t believe that’s what you meant, but it was my first thought! Ha! Thanks Sarah.

      • LOL! That sounds very much like a conclusion I would draw. 🙂

        But no, the rest of it wasn’t crap. That paragraph just particularly resounded with me. 🙂
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        • I really did know what you meant, just thought it was funny with our discussion that this was my first thought. 🙂

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