His Image

by APC on August 21, 2019

Conformed to His Image

God had a plan to restore man after the fall in the Garden. Jesus Christ came to show us His image and model to follow to lead us to salvation. He taught us there are 2 key parts to our salvation: the gate (the new birth) and the way (Matthew 7:13–14). This is the way to regeneration (transformation) where we’re conformed to the image of Christ. Our end goal is to reach to His likeness (Psalms 17:15); we’re called to be conformed to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29). Conformed means to “be like,” “measure up to,” or “be similar in form or type.

Enemies and Trials Against Conforming to God’s Image

Anything that is good is going to take work. For us to be considered “good” in God’s eyes, we must strive in working to please God. We will need to endure trials and temptations to be conformed to the good image of Christ. We have 3 enemies that will come against us in our plight: the flesh, the world, and the devil. Each of these enemies will present specific trials for us to endure.

Trials of the Flesh

There are 3 trials that come from the flesh. These trials test us in trusting God, waiting on God, and believing what God promises. Trusting in God to move in our situation is difficult. But, we must know the only one we can trust in our lives, situation, and future is God. In addition to trusting in God, we need to wait for God to move and open up the right doors. We may walk an entirely different pathway than what we expect, but God will lead and guide us to reach our ultimate destination. Lastly, when God tells us a promise, we must believe He will fulfill it in our lives.

Trials of the World

There are 3 trials that come from the world. These trials test us in obedience to God, betraying God, and praying to God. The world tries to get us to disobey the Word of God, and convince us that being faithful will be a hindrance to us. But, we will find being obedient to God will benefit our minds, bodies, souls, and spirits. We cannot give into the world system! In addition, we must be careful we don’t go back on vows and commitments we’ve made to God and His Word. Lastly, we must remember to be faithful in praying to God. No matter what happens to us, we cannot forsake our prayer life.

Trials from Satan

There are 3 trials that come from Satan. These trials determine if we will live by God’s Word, if we will allow the devil to twist God’s Word, and if we’ll keep God’s Word higher priority in our life than material things. We have a ministry to live by God’s Word everywhere that we go. We cannot let Satan try to snuff out our passion and ferverency to live for God. In addition, we must watch to ensure the devil doesn’t misuse the Word of God against us. We need to know truth and discern when the devil is trying to deceive us. Lastly, we need to place priority on the right things in this life: God’s Word over everything else. We need to buy the truth and sell it not. There is more worth to conforming to God’s image than anything money could ever buy.

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on August 21, 2019 with Guest Teacher Pastor Melder