“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
Ever since I received Christ genuinely, my life has completely taken a 360 turn. In the past, I had many opportunities to accept Christ but I never accepted him from a genuine space, although I was usually amongst the crowd that received him.
I knew to have Christ was a must as I had grown up in a religious household. But the sad part was, I didn’t genuinely take him into my heart. I did it just for the sake of wanting to make Heaven.
But after I recently had my first encounter with Christ and genuinely accepted him, my life has completely changed. I’m not the same girl I used to be, but most importantly, I don’t repeat the same sins anymore. My taste in many things have changed and my overall outlook on the world has also taken a different turn.
The Holy Spirit has been ministering to me with the bible and I’ve been loving my new Christian journey. I don’t ever feel the need to go back to the way I used to be, because this new life just brings the peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7).
I’ve been seeking the Lord way more than I used to, and this time around, I seek Him sincerely because of that unconditional love He has for me. But I would go into more details about seeking the Lord in another blog post because that too has had a positive effect on me. But here are some changes that have occurred in my life with the help of the Holy spirit since Christ changed me.
How Christ Changed Me
Different Taste In Music:
Since Christ changed me, I felt so led to clear out my entire music playlist. I used to be the Beyonce lover and listened to all kinds of hip-hop and pop music. But nowadays, I barely listen to any of it. I’ve replaced most of it with gospel music, which I feel is more beneficial to my soul and helps me continuously feel the Lord’s presence and love.
With the help of the Holy Spirit, I ended up deciding to go celibate. So far I haven’t had any sexual urges or thoughts, because my mind has been so filled with God’s words, commandments and promises. Each time I stumble across any photo or video that contains explicit content, I can barely stand to look at it for more than 2 seconds. It just never sits well with my spirit.
Increased Desire To Seek God:
I’ve been seeking the Lord like I’m losing my mind. I can’t wake up or go about my day and night without talking to God. Before I sleep I have to consult the Lord, and before I make any decision (including blogging), I have to talk to God first. If I don’t involve the Lord in anything, it wouldn’t sit right with me and I won’t feel like I’m doing the right thing.
Also, my praise life has increased as well as my prayer life. Knowing that we are in a spiritual warfare is enough reason to always seek God and fully put on His armour.
Less Interest In Social Media:
I used to be so obsessed with social media. It was so bad that I couldn’t go a day without being on it. But since Christ changed me, I barely pay much attention to it. I unfollowed a ton of Hollywood celebrities who weren’t adding any value to my soul. Their messages didn’t flow with the word of the Lord, hence why my spirit couldn’t take it. Some of the biblical messages I see on social media have become so watered down to suit worldly lusts. There’s so much false knowledge out there that claims to be of the Lord but absolutely isn’t, hence why I had to cut it off. I still stay on my Instagram from time to time, but I had to filter my timeline to suit Godly messages.
New Set Of Friends:
After Christ changed me, my first prayer was for the Lord to bring friends that would encourage and strengthen me on my journey with Christ. Lo and Behold, two days after asking the Lord, He sent me the best group of friends that have stuck with me since. I’m part of a Christian group full of people that truly seek the Lord as much as I do and I’m so thankful to Him for bringing them to me. They pick me up during trials and remind me of God’s love and promises for me which keeps up my faith.
More Respectful And Loving:
The Bible says we should love our neighbours as ourselves (Mark 12:31), and that has been the scripture I’ve been living by with the help of the Holy Spirit. I have also become a lot more respectful (not that I never was), but it is much heightened now. I treat people the way I would like to be treated, without being judgemental and pushy. And so far, it has strengthened the relationship I have with others.
No Longer Of The World:
I used to be a lover of worldly things. Trends were a must for me, and being so of the world was an attitude I had. I chased after wealth, beauty, ungodly relationships and other things of the world that wasn’t filling the void. But since I genuinely accepted Christ, all that changed. I now live by God’s will and not my personal lusts. I love to do things that please God and not that of man. But most importantly, I live to one day see God and be in His kingdom because worldly things are meaningless.
Wanting To Be Of Help:
Since Christ changed me, I’ve become so motivated to be helpful to others as much as I can, because it pleases God. But not only that, helping is a form of showing the true love that is very important as a believer in Christ.
I’ve become very content with the things I have. Knowing that the Lord would supply all my needs according to his riches (Philippians 4:19) is enough to feel content. The concept of ‘wanting more’ doesn’t sit with me anymore since Christ changed me. I am happy with the things I have, even though it may not be the best according to worldly standards.
Fear Of The Lord:
My fear of the Lord has greatly increased. Knowing that he is the almighty, all-powerful God is enough reason to fear Him. Plus, fearing Him makes me obedient to His commandments. As the scripture says, “Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.”- Job 28:28
Taste In Relationships:
I recently came to the understanding of soul-ties which changed the way I view relationships. Knowing ungodly soul-ties exist is the more reason why I changed my attitude towards the men I date. Basically, I wouldn’t get involved with a person who isn’t a true believer and seeker of Christ. Also, knowing that there are many false Christians out there who claim to know Christ but don’t live godly lives is another reason why my taste changed.
I’ve come to love and accept myself the way I am without using worldly things to make up for my appearance. I love the way I look because I know God created me perfectly in His image. Since Christ changed me, I’ve come to accept my flaws because I know no one is perfect in the eyes of the Lord, but He still loves us amidst it all.
More forgiving and Less Dramatic:
I’ve always been a forgiving person, but with Christ, I tend to forgive without thinking twice about it. I also try to stay away from anything that is likely to stir up drama because it wouldn’t be good for my soul. With that being said, I try to be mindful of the way I let people treat me. If I notice someone is trying to take advantage, I forgive him/her, but I try not to allow the person to repeat the same mistakes.
What ways has Christ changed you since receiving him? Let me know in the comments.
Till next time,