What does it mean to be transformed by the Holy Spirit? How does the Holy Spirit transform an individual? Transformation by the Holy Spirit begins the day you accept Christ as your personal savior and continues until we meet God in Heaven. Being transformed by the Holy Spirit is being changed into the image of Christ and into the person God has called you to be. Being transformed is becoming an entirely different person than you were before the time you were saved. This process is done by three main areas; through our prayers, the Word of God, and through our circumstances.
“But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” (Jude 1:20,21). The Holy Spirit transforms us through our prayers and meditation time with the Lord. The Lord speaks through the Holy Spirit to us, revealing to us what sins we need to confess and forsake in our lives as well as what areas may need strengthening. When we pray in the Spirit we then open up the door for the Spirit to truly come into our hearts and minds and to help cleanse our minds and hearts of the junk that we put in it by TV, internet, and many other avenues of the world.
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17). The Holy Spirit also transforms us by the word of God speaking to our hearts and minds. When the Spirit speaks to us through the Word, He then reveals to us the ways of God and the way in which we should walk. He builds our faith by planting the word of God within our hearts and minds as we read and meditate upon the Word and ultimately setting the Word as our foundation in which we live by. When we read the word of God we read about the examples in the faith that have gone before us to do great works for the Lord and in this, the Spirit speaks to us and shows us how we should work for the Lord and also reveals to us through the Word what work we have been called to do for Him.
“Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” (Hebrews 12:11). The third and last area that the Holy Spirit uses to transform us is through our circumstances in which God sets us. Some circumstances we tend to complain about, but we shouldn’t complain about the circumstance instead we should pray and ask God how He is using the circumstance to teach us and transform us into His image. God is in control of our entire goings and sets us in certain areas in our life to teach us and to help us grow closer to Him and the ultimate end is transformation. Our circumstances are the perfect place for the hands on learning as the Lord chastises us through the circumstances by discipline, contentment, thankfulness and etc. Instead of spending our time complaining we should spend our time seeing the teachings of God through the circumstances and apply them to our lives.
The Holy Spirit transforms us through three main areas; prayer, the word of God and our circumstances. We should be wise to heed to all three areas while remaining content wherever God sets us, but at the same time growing and following the calling of the Spirit to wherever He calls us to go next. The chastening of the Lord is never too much fun, but the end result is transformation and a deeper relationship with God like never before. We must be willing and ready to allow the Holy Spirit to transform us and when we do, nothing but good fruit shall be the final result. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28).