Converted

Clear glass with Ice-Cubes

The word Converted is seen 9 times in the Old & New Testament.
Webster’s 1828 Dictionary: Converted, pp. Turned or changed from one substance or state to another; turned form one religion or sect to another; changed from a state of sin to a state of holiness; applied to a particular use; appropriated.
     How many times have our cries reached God?  Have you ever cried out to God, begged him, or prayed to him for a clean heart and right spirit? I have. At the time I didn’t think he heard my silent plea. There are variances in where our beliefs may be at any given time. We should be continuing to look for the Holy Spirit to continue its work in us. Me, I wondered why I wasn’t converted.    
     I believed, yet I wondered where the joy was that others spoke about. I questioned doctrine that limited the Grace and Power of God. I began to question, maybe I wasn’t saved. If I was saved I would have the joy. I must be an imposter, God wouldn’t want me anyway. There were others who would make better soldiers for Christ.
     I was timid about learning more in case the depths of my heart be made known and that I would be found as an imposter. Look, she has no Joy!! 
     So I ran, from one church to another but I kept the same belief. God’s word is true. God’s word was made flesh. God’s word dwelt among us and we (humans) had beheld that glory. God had only one son. God’s son is full of grace and truth. It is written that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. Therefore Jesus is the son of God. He also says In John 10:30 I and my Father are one. To me it is quite clear. Perhaps that is one of the gifts the Lord gave me. Faith in His Word. Faith in Jesus (via trusting in his word).
     Praise be to Jesus, I finally feel Joy! It began to snowball, when I stopped trusting in myself and believed without a doubt two things, I believed in Jesus and I believed He would complete His work in me. Till the end. In one of my poems I say “Its not hard, but oh so easy, to ask Him in, to let Him be thee”.  Too many are trying to limit Jesus and God’s power through Him. I was a mustard seed, now I am a mountain and God is moving me. See, we can move mountains- when we become the mountains!

Four times Converted is used  in similar verses. Those verses are:
Mat 13:15, Mar 4:12Joh 12:40Act 28:27

We also see Jesus saying in verses: Mat 18:3  And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Mat 18:4  Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

I knew the words “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so”. I had heard the song, I didn’t think I knew Jesus. My song should have read, Jesus loves me this I know, but love from me I cannot show. I shied away at every opportunity when the name of Jesus was mentioned. If you love something more than God, he will take it away I thought I had heard. Ok, no more love. Me, Ice you, fire and never the two two shall mix. No one was getting into this heart! Or so I thought. Jesus eventually did. Yup, now that is one determined Lord. That is one patient Lord. That is one loving Lord. He is the I, He is the Am. Alpha and the Omega. Beginning and the end.

I have been pushing the boundaries physically and mentally. I am challenging myself to put my faith in the Lord, to have Him continue His work in me. To do mighty things with my faith.

May the Lord bless you reader as you start or continue to look towards His presence. Keep believing, keep hoping towards righteousness. His righteousness, to be found in you through the workings of the Holy Spirit.  Look towards love in your daily doings. Stay in His word, read it fast or read it slow, but keep it in your heart, your mind, your soul to know. Trust that he will give that increase. In the name of Jesus I pray these thoughts of you.

 
(I used a glass with ice to show a form of conversion that we can relate to. From water to ice, ice to water. Changed, but still recognizable. When I was converted, I didn’t become a puppet as I had erroneously used to think would happen. But the change has been slow for me. I can’t stress enough how being close to God’s Word and actively involved in wanting to know Jesus more has played a part in my conversion. There are outward changes; such as how I deal with stress now or worry, and a most obvious is my sense of joy due to the faith I have that nothing will come into my life that He can’t get me through. My mind sings praises to Him for that.)
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