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Summary: Part five of the series "A purpose driven life".

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You were created to become like Christ.

*Rom. 8:29-30, ’For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first born among many brethren; and whom He predestined, these He also called; and whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified’.

- Becoming like Christ is a process called sanctification. (Notice the process in today’s reading).

-In the mind of God you were originally created in the image and likeness of God. [The Bible says that; MAN WAS CREATED IN HIS LIKENESS AND IMAGE, BOTH MALE AND FEMALE]

- You are spirit like God is

- You are also a trinity in the sense of being spirit, soul and body.

- You were created with the capacity to make Godly decisions.

-sin stain’s the likeness and image of God in you.

-In the book entitled; ’THE SEVEN ARROWS OF OBEDIENCE’ THE AUTHOR STATES THAT;

’To obey God fully, you must be determined to be a reflection of Christ above everything else’.

* This means no compromise.

- No compromise in your words.

- No compromise in your actions.

-No compromise in what you see or choose to listen to.

-anytime you disobey God, you are sinning and not being like Christ.

*’GOD IS SPIRIT AND THEY THAT WORSHIP HIM MUST WORSHIP HIM IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH.’

-Jesus restores us so that we can regain what was lost.

>God’s purpose for your life, if you are a son or a daughter of God, is for you to be like Christ.

- God wants us to grow and be more like Jesus. (’IT’S TIME TO GROW UP’)

*IT’S NOT IMPOSSIBLE IF YOU HAVE THE HOLY SPIRIT.

2 Cor.3:18 says; ’As the spirit of the Lord work’s within us, we become more and more like Christ and reflect His glory’.

-in the book, THE SEVEN ARROWS OF OBEDIENCE the author SAYS; ’the secret of Christ likeness is being occupied with the things that concern Christ’.

- This transformation takes place by; ’by the abiding presence of the spirit of God’.

* The bible says IN 2 COR.3:17-18; ’WE ARE BEING TRANSFORMED INTO HIS IMAGE BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD’.

What is the Holy Spirit’s work within us¿

1. He gives you a new life.

2. He seals you. And gives you the earnest (las arras) of the Spirit.

3. He wants to baptize you,*acts 1:8.

4. He wants to keep you filled at all times. Read Eph.5:18ff;’ ’Do not get drunk with wine which brings disalusion but be filled with the spirit.....

>the trick is to cooperate with the Holy Spirit.

- FOLLOWING THE LEADING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

-BEING LED OF THE SPIRIT AND NOT THE FLESH.

-ALLOWING THE HOLY SPIRIT TO PRODUCE SPIRITUAL FRUIT WITHIN US.

*LOOK ATGal.5:22-23;

>you will not be able to do it on your own.

1. John 14:17 says; ’ The Holy Spirit is the spirit of truth’.

-Therefore you stay away from anything that is false, deceitful or hypocritical.

2. 2 Cor.4:13 says; ’The Holy Spirit is also the spirit of faith.

-Anything that is contrary to faith is not convenient.

- stay away from doubt, anxiety and worrying about unnecessary things.

3. Heb.10:29, ’The Holy Spirit is the spirit of grace. -Bitterness, maliciousness, unforgivenes, unforgiveness and cold love is not from God.

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