A new nature

If we try to change our lives by looking at our flaws and trying to eliminate them ourselves, we will become frustrated.  It is the same as going to a pear tree, and being angry at it for not producing apples.  By picking each pear you will not be changing the tree into an apple tree – you will just be wasting your time.  Each new season it will continue bearing pears – the whole root system and nature of the tree needs to change in order to produce apples.

The same principle applies to our spiritual life.  When we are born again, something really amazing happens.  We become born of the spirit, meaning our nature changes completely.  We are no longer subject to the flesh – but we become a new spirit man.

“What is born of [from] the flesh is flesh [of the physical is physical]; and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.” John 3:6

The nature of the spiritual man bears spiritual fruit.  It is effortless – just as easy as it is for an apple tree to bear apples.  It is in it’s nature.  We don’t even have to struggle and strive to accomplish it – the Word says it is the Spirit that brings forth the fruit.  All we need to do is believe – and live in a relationship with Him.

“But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness…” Gal 5:22

God does not have a split personality

Some people believe God has different personalities.  They do believe in a God who performed miracles and wonders, but “He only existed in the days of the Bible”.  Somehow, in their minds, He changed into a God who expects us to get by without any supernatural manifestations in this modern day and age.

This simply is not true.  God is incapable of change – in Him there is no variation.  James 1:17 says the following:  “Every good gift and every perfect (free, large, full) gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of all [that gives] light, in [the shining of] Whom there can be no variation [rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [as in an eclipse].

We’ve already seen that Jesus demonstrated God’s character on earth – therefore the following verse also confirms the fact that His character does not change:  “Jesus Christ (the Messiah) is [always] the same, yesterday, today, [yes] and forever (to the ages).” Heb 13:8

We can still expect wonders!  God does not change.  He still wants to show us His glory, power and supernatural provision today.