Converted: seen 9 times in the Old & New Testament.
Converted, seen nine times in the Old & New Testament.
Webster’s 1828 Dictionary: Converted, pp. Turned or changed from one substance or state to another; turned from 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, and begged God for a clean heart and right spirit?
I have. At the time I didn’t think He heard those silent pleas.
We are all at different stages of belief. We should be continuing to look for the Holy Spirit to continue its work in us. I often doubted my salvation. I believed, yet I wondered where the joy was that others had. I questioned doctrines that limited the Grace and Power of God.
Questions I asked:
-Where was my Joy?
-Was I saved?
-Am I an imposter?
Or, I would tell myself, “God wouldn’t want me anyway. There are others who would make better soldiers for Christ.”
I was afraid my cowardly heart would be revealed. Look, she has no Joy!!
So I ran, but I kept the same beliefs: God’s Word is true. God’s Word was made flesh. God’s Word dwelt among us, and we had beheld that glory. God had only one Son. God’s Son is full of grace and truth. It’s written; 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 knew He would complete His work in me. Till the end. In one of my poems, I say “It’s 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.
Four additional verses that use converted:
Mat 13:15, Mar 4:12, Joh 12:40, Act 28:27
Mat 18:3 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, but, I didn’t think I knew Jesus. My song should have sung, “Jesus loves me this I know, but love from me I cannot show.”
I would shy away at any mention of the name of Jesus.
I had heard before, “If you love something more than God, he will take it away.” Okay, no more love. Me ice, you fire, and never the two shall mix. No one was getting into this heart! Or so I thought. Although I tried not to love because of what I had heard, Jesus eventually conquered my heart.
We have one determined, patient, and loving Lord. He is the Great I Am, Alpha, Omega, beginning, and end.
I have been pushing my boundaries physically and mentally. I am challenging myself to put my faith in the Lord, to have Him continue His work in me. And to do mighty things with my faith.
May the Lord bless you as you start or continue to look toward His presence. Keep believing, keep hoping toward His righteousness. Look toward love in your daily doings. Stay in His word. Trust that He will give that increase.
I didn’t become a puppet as I had thought I would. The changes have been slow for me. I can’t stress enough, be close to God’s Word, actively involved in wanting to know Jesus more. That played a significant part in my conversion. There are outward changes; such as how I deal with stress now or worry, and a most obvious difference is my sense of joy. I believe there is nothing that will come into my life that He can’t get me through, and I praise Him for that.Connect with me!