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When Jesus teaches about the planting of the Good News seeds of the Kingdom in the hearts of men and women, it’s clear that there are two dynamics that are necessary in the seed becoming fruitful. The first is the power and life that is in the seed itself. The second is the soil or heart that receives the seed that is planted. This process occurs without any fanfare.

Jesus says: “The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil; and he goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and grows-how, he himself does not know. The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head. But when the crop permits, he immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.” (Mark 4:26-29) The seed is no longer the seed, but is transformed into fruit! How? The one who planted the seed doesn’t know; he only experiences the end product of the seed. He knows the seed is genuine by its fruits.

In my case, it wassn’t that I read something that I hadn’t read before. It had nothing to do with hearing another teacher say it differently. There was no special worship music providing the right atmosphere. I didn’t have a vision, a dream, and I didn’t see the light. By the way, I believe all of the above can be used in your transformation process. But for me, there was no formula that I did that worked. In fact, I’m convinced there is no formula you can share with another person for them to experience this transformation. No altar call, no supernatural gifts displayed, no special prayers, no particular sacrament or ritual will be particularly effective, because humans cannot accomplish transformation or conversion. Transformation is only a God-thing!

Don’t take my word for it. Listen to what Jesus says about this experience. Speaking to his early disciples after the resurrection, Jesus says: “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus said to him, “Blessed ar you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven(Matthew 18:15-17)

Peter answers Jesus question correctly, “You are God’s Messiah, the son of the living God.” Jesus quickly strokes him for his answer, but just as quickly points out that Peter has been blessed by the work of the Father who is in heaven. NOTE no flesh and blood revealed this to you. Why? Because man cannot transform the heart of another man. This is totally God’s work and His work alone!

Early after Jesus apprehended my heart, I knew I had been transformed. And, this was only about 12 years ago. No one taught me this transformation. I was already educated beyond my intelligence, neck deep in theological and Scriptural studies. It just happened in God’s timing and in God’s way.

Check out THE WAY and ask God to do His work in His way in you!

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