But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. –  (2 Corinthians 3:16-18 ESV)

Our journey with God and the transformation of our nature into Christlikeness takes time. I really wish a single ‘big time’ spiritual experience could fix us all for life, but that is not reality. As we follow Jesus on the path He is leading us on, we will have intense spiritual experiences at times. These experiences are leading us into the fullness of the Spirit, and I would never minimize them. But lasting transformation and genuine spiritual growth are the result of disciplining our bodies and minds on a day to day basis to obey the the teachings of Christ, and to an openess to the Spirit.

Suffering is inevitable in the Christian life. Those that embrace suffering and the grace that God gives with it, will grow spiritually, and experience a deep joy even during times of sorrow. This joy is supernatural, and is a by-product of abiding in Christ – who has become our life. Change doesn’t come through a occasional visit with Jesus, it only happens to those who abide in(stay put) and follow Him.

Some fear that being changed by Jesus will cause them to lose their identity. But I have found that the more of myself I give to God – the more freedom I have to become who He really created me to be.