Every time you encounter the true presence of God, something about you changes. The Bible says in 2 Cor. 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” When there’s a true encounter with God, a change occurs. That’s the glorious mystery of how God made things work. You can come just as you are; full of fear, sick in your body and active in the worst kind of sin. But one moment in the presence of God can melt it all away.
At the Festival Of Life in Clarksburg, West Virginia a man gave his heart to Jesus. He had done drugs since he was a child and was living with his girlfriend. By the end of that week, he quit doing drugs, married his girlfriend and was baptized with water and the Holy Ghost! When that man encountered Jesus, a change had begun. The more he stayed in the presence of God, the more the Holy Spirit directed him to make changes.
No one told him he had to marry his girlfriend. No one had to force him to put the blunt down. No one had a gun to his head forcing him to smile from ear to ear. That all came because of a moment in the presence of God.
If there are things you want to change about yourself, you need to evaluate your relationship with God. Have you had a true encounter with Him? If you have, He’ll lovingly tell you about all the things that need correcting in your life. Going to the bar with your buddies will no longer be an issue. Meeting up with that person who sends you a text a midnight will make you cringe.
God welcomes the sinner but His love compels that sinner to get rid of sin! You may have come into God’s presence one way but you come out a new man/woman!