The Christian life begins with accepting Christ, but it doesn't end there. Once saved, we spend the rest of our lives learning what it means to follow Christ. That is transformation.

Day One: Accountability
There is much temptation already in the world today, and Satan is always striving to create even more. In the face of such temptation, many Christians seek out an "accountability partner" to pray with and help share the burdens that come with doing spiritual warfare...
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Day Two: Transformation
In the Bible transformation means "change or renewal from a life that no longer conforms to the ways of the world to one that pleases God" (Romans 12:2). This is accomplished by the renewing of our minds, an inward spiritual transformation that will manifest itself in outward actions...
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For more, see "The Frustration of Sin"

Day Three: Consecration
In the Bible the word consecration means "the separation of oneself from things that are unclean, especially anything that would contaminate one's relationship with a perfect God." Consecration also carries the connotation of sanctification, holiness, or purity...
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For more, see "What does it mean to be consecrated?"

Day Four: Richer or Poorer
How does one's financial status affect one's spiritual status? Or is there any effect at all? Which is better, to be poor or rich? This topic has long been debated within the church. Israel was promised freedom from poverty if the people followed God's laws...
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For more, see "What does the Bible say about being poor?"

Day Five: Martyrdom
The dictionary defines a martyr as "a person who is killed because of his religious or other beliefs." Interestingly enough, the English word martyr is really a word transliterated from the original Greek martur, which simply means "witness"...
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For more, see "What should we learn from Christian martyrs?"

Day Six: Christian Hope
Most people understand hope as wishful thinking, as in "I hope something will happen." This is not what the Bible means by hope. The biblical definition of hope is "confident expectation." Hope is a firm assurance regarding things that are unclear and unknown...
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Day Seven: Contextualization
Generally, to contextualize an idea, statement or event is to place it within its larger setting in which it acquires its true and complete meaning. Contextualization aids comprehension...
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For more, see "What is pedagogy?"

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Published 7-21-16