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Transformation!

Posted in Spiritual Formation, Transformation with tags , , on August 14, 2010 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

Spiritual Transformation is impossible without the help of the Holy Spirit!

  • Genesis 1:27 says the Spirit was involved in the creation process.
  • John 16:8 says the Spirit convicts us of sin, righteousness and judgement.
  • John 3:8 says the Spirit breathes life into us.
  • John 14:17 says the Spirit resides in us.
  • 2 Timothy 3:16 says the Spirit inspired the Scriptures for us.
  • 2 Corinthians 3:18; 5:18 says the Spirit transforms us.

The Holy Spirit is our helper and our sanctifier but we have a role to play in the transformation process. In Acts 2:37-39 the Apostle Peter called the crowd on the Day of Pentecost to repent, be baptized and they would receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

The core element of spiritual transformation is your heart! Your heart is the epicenter of your life that directs and motivates everything. The problem is your heart is deceitful above all else (Jer 17:9). Our hearts are totally depraved because apart from Christ we are dead in our sin (Romans 3:8-10) and the answer isn’t more education but reconciliation with God which leads to a reformation of the heart.

Reformation of the heart begins with acknowledging that we are inherently sinful and that we need to repent and have genuine remorse over our sinfulness. I think one of the reasons why we don’t see more genuine transformation in our lives at times is because we aren’t genuinely repentant and remorseful of our sin.

Faith in Jesus Christ, being the Son of God and that God raised him from the dead (Romans 10:9-10) is essential. Faith in God worships God as God and builds a close relationship with God through the Scriptures and prayer. Faith comes by hearing and hearing through the Word of Christ. Daily communion with God positions us to be sanctified by the word of truth (Jn 17) and the work of the indwelling Holy Spirit.

Repentance and faith leads us to being apart of the Community of faith = Church! To be a Christian and not be a part of a local church is to disobey God and remove yourself from the very environment that God chooses to use to shape and mold your faith and new creation nature. Some of us run away from church the moment there’s an issue but we are missing the point. It’s as we embrace the wrestle and tensions of the things that irritate us and challenge us about people within the church that God uses, in part, to shape and mold us.

Build your future on biblical truth that leads to spiritual transformation. Spiritually transformed people love God with all their heart, soul and strength.

Be the Change!

Rekindle the fire!

Posted in Intimacy with God, Prayer with tags , , on November 4, 2009 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

090706-A-7265M-003Acts 4:31 “And when they had prayed the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.”

The events surrounding this verse is in the context of Peter and John being released from the authorities after they had performed a miracle by the power of the Holy Spirit with the lame beggar at the Gate Beautiful. Peter and John as well as the other disciples had already been filled with the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost but they still needed the fire of the Spirit kindled in their hearts to continue the ministry that Christ had called them to. The text says after they prayed the place they were meeting in was shaken and they were all filled with the Spirit and continued…

What about you? Have you lost the fire and passion of the Holy Spirit in your own life? Have your prayer times becomes a distant memory or at best an exercise in mindless repetition? Have you given up the fight for souls and settled for personal comfort? If this in any way describes the condition of your soul, you need to position yourself for the Holy Spirit to rekindle the fire in your heart.

I ask you to attempt a 10 day challenge whereby you spend 30 minutes each day with Jesus. Your 30mins looks like reading a chapter of the bible (start with Acts) and write down one paragraph about what stands out to you as you read. Then I want you to spend the rest of the time praying through what God has spoken to you about and commit your day to him. In the last minute or so, spend time in silence listening to anything the Spirit would want to talk to you about. If you don’t hear or feel anything in this time, don’t worry. Each day you spend consecutively with Jesus, the more familiar you’ll become with his voice.

It’s time to rekindle the fire of the Spirit in your heart. Attempt the 10 day challenge and then come along to one of the prayer meetings at the church. In a matter of weeks you will be on your way to becoming full of the Holy Spirit and like the early apostles you will have the boldness to continue…

Lead the Change!

Kingdom Culture Pt6 – Supernatural

Posted in activate church, church, spiritual gifts, supernatural, Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 15, 2009 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

God intended the supernatural to be a normal part of church life. Luke in writing to Theophilus in the book of Acts 2:42-47 outlines the reality of the supernatural in the early church, “And awe came upon every soul and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.”

God has called us to pursue a Spirit-filled, Spirit-led and Spirit-empowered life. This does not mean that we are to chase miracles and signs and blunders…I mean wonders. We are to chase Jesus and the preaching of the gospel and signs and wonders will naturally follow.

We are not to chase personal ecstatic spiritual experiences as if they are a sign of our spiritual maturity. The book of 1 Corinthians shows us that the Corinthian church thought they were spiritual because of strange supernatural manifestations but God judged this church because their misguided frenzy led unbelievers to think that Christians were out of their minds.

At Activate Church we embrace the exercising of spiritual gifts according to the limitations of scripture (1 Cor 12, 13, 14; Romans 12:3-8; James 5:13-18, etc). The missional church prays for the sick to be healed in faith, The missional church embraces the gift of prophecy, tongues and words of knowledge, etc, according to the stipulations outlined in 1 Cor 14, “Everything should be done decently and in order.”

 At Activate Church we value those gifts that build up the church over those gifts that build up the individual…ie..prophecy over tongues. Some believers are more hung up on tongues being the visible sign of being spirit filled rather than being like Jesus and embracing mission. The point of Pentecost wasn’t tongues (although I speak in tongues and value it deeply as apart of my normal prayer life) but MISSION. Men from every nation could hear the gospel being proclaimed in their own native language and the end result of Peters explanation was that 3000 people were added to the church. Embracing mission is what the empowerment of the Holy Spirit is about not just if you have a certain gift (Acts 1:8).

In regards to demonic activity and spiritual warfare, we must acknowledge that these are a reality in the clash between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan. While we don’t blame everything on Satan, nor do we go looking for demons, we must acknowledge that he is a real personality with an agenda to steal, kill and destroy anything that God promotes as being good (John 10:10).

For further reading on this subject I am releasing my new book titled, “Supernatural” in late June 09 and I hope you order a copy and read it to grow in your theology and application of the supernatural in your life.

Lead the Change!