In a biochemical reaction change takes place under the influence of an enzyme. Similarly, the execution of our inner transformation (aka Sanctification) can only happen under the direct auspices and charge of the Holy Spirit. And just as an enzyme requires optimum conditions and a substrate to work on in order to exact the reaction and produce the desired result, so too we need to create the right conditions and present ourselves to the Holy Spirit to work on in order to achieve ongoing inner transformation to which we are called and are destined for (For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers – Romans 8:29). Only when these conditions are fulfilled do we experience the transformation Christ completed for us on the cross and we are taken deeper and further in the things of God. Where it is not, our transformation will be stunted and hindered.
What then are the right conditions, the optimal environment required to enable the Holy Spirit to comfortably work in? What is it we need to provide Him with to work freely in our lives?
The first is availability, making time for God in our lives daily is the sine qua non, the essential condition required by the Spirit for His work of transformation in our lives. If God is to work His transformation in us, He’ll need us to be there for Him to work on. Simple as that. And being there doesn’t mean attending church and being part of a ministry only (though these are essential elements too) but spending time alone with God. Without this regular time of individual devotion, all church attendance and ministry on their own do is produce external assimilation only without adequate, if any, inner transformation. Our availability represents the required medium, the essential environment for the Spirit of God to work in.
Next, is the word of God. The word (together with our confession of it ) is the weapon the Spirit must have for effective transformation. It is the systematic, continuous and sustained intake of God’s word in our lives that presents the Spirit with the right tool to effect changes deep within us. It is here in our individual engagement with God through His word in reading, meditating, studying (individual and group) and listening that the Spirit meets The word to deadly effect killing off the old and manifesting the new us in Christ.
Third, the confession of God’s truth – open, verbal and articulate confession – in our praise, worship and witness delivers the ultimate ammunition for the Spirit to execute the task of transforming us from the inside out to perfection. This, it can be said, is the cutting edge of the Spirit’s ministry in our lives – confession founded on sound faith in Gods revealed word.
Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak, 2 Corinthians 4:13
How much we take in and take on God’s truth for ourselves boldly confessing and declaring it in our prayers, praise, worship and witness will depend on our availability, the time we devote to our walk with the Lord individually and in communion with others. Where this is lacking or low key, our inner transformation is accordingly inhibited and handicapped.
These three elements then represent the wheels that carry and fuel the vehicle of inner transformation. So be sure to make regular time to engage with God daily through His word. Do not hold back from boldly declaring His truth in your praise and witness remembering always that… we walk by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7). As you do, you will be supplying the Spirit with an impressive arsenal with which He’s guaranteed to continually and effectively execute your inner transformation.