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Levels of Salvation: Global Transformation through Unity

May 7, 2014

The experience of salvation in Christ is progressive and ongoing throughout a lifetime. ~Tracey Nelson, Accelerated Transformation

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How does God transform the world? He starts with the individual first.

What does this process of global transformation look like? Here is a bird’s eye view.

[Please keep watch for my next article about the history of the Church where I will feature evidence to any doubters out there that Christianity changes the world for the better. Hopefully it will encourage the hearts of those of us who already recognize this fact.]

The Journey to Transformation 

Salvation starts with the individual first, reconciling him to God and his eternal destiny in Heaven.

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Eventually, he is also reconciled to others as his own heart becomes firmly grounded in the love of Christ through grace.

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But all of this happens gradually. It is a process of growing in his awareness of what is needed to be restored to mankind’s former glory. 

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This means establishing his identity in Christ’s image.

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He gains greater awareness of his new identity by reading God’s Word. The application of this Word to his life is what transforms Him into that image.  

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Like any child, he accomplishes this through his walk and personal relationship with his Father through Jesus (because the visual representation of all the attributes of the Father were in Jesus, our role model).

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By healing his heart through this loving relationship with the Father (and, hopefully with a nurturing community of believers or mentor by his side), the new believer is better equipped to love himself. This helps to correct the destructive thinking patterns that arose from his wounds. These wounds had hardened his heart with pride. This pride had separated him from greater intimacy with God, others, and even himself. 

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Consequently, due to the inner strength gained from this transformation, his health is naturally likely to be restored, his relationships will become healthier, his conflicts more capable of being smoothed out, and his financial prospects likely to increase.

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Eventually his personal transformation progresses outward towards others. 

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God’s grace then flows through his heart with love, forgiveness, and mercy, breaking down the walls of pride and removing the masks of insecurity, pain, and defensiveness that had once blocked these relationships.

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In other words, people who are set free of the need to “be perfect,” have permission to “get real” with others. These people are more humble and therefore more approachable because they embrace their vulnerabilities, limitations, and weaknesses. And they don’t judge others for theirs.

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Soon, with the greater strength and inner fortitude that were gained through this process, his confidence and trust in the Holy Spirit to help with the harder things of life grows.

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This confidence, in turn, helps him take on the character of Christ which assists him in the resolution of conflicts with others; again, promoting greater intimacy, authenticity, maturity, and social justice.

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These humble Christians are truly mature and basically about as close to being perfect or “spotless” in character as one can be, having conquered the inner demon of selfishness, valuing others ahead of himself.

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It is not hard to see how this would promote Christian unity. 

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Christian unity will lead the world to believe in Christ. How do I know this? Jesus already laid out His plan for world transformation for us:

I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me... (John 17:22-23 NIV)

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (John 13:35 NIV)

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Christians from every denomination and persuasion are joining together united in love in order to commit themselves to pray for their towns. Consequently, whole cities are being transformed.

Here is the evidence…

Manchester, Kentucky – Amazing story of an entire community’s transformation all because of Christian unity and prayer! It was formerly full of governmental corruption with a large percentage of the population on drugs.

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Elsewhere in the world, after Christians from all faiths gathered in prayer, here is what happened:

  • In Cali, Columbia, the crime and murder rates fell drastically as the police uprooted long-standing drug lords.
  • In Kenya, all of the bars except for one turned into churches.
  • In Hemet, California, they experienced a dramatic reduction in occult activity as well as an increase in church activity.
  • In Almolonga, Guatamala 85% of the population turned to Christ where it once was full of violence, witchcraft, alcoholism, and crime. Now there are even Christian street signs and churches everywhere!

Sign says: "Jesus is Lord of Almolonga"

Sign says: “Jesus is Lord of Almolonga”

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© Tracey Nelson, M.Ed.

Permissions: You are permitted and encouraged to reproduce and distribute this material in any format provided that you do not alter the wording in any way and do not charge a fee beyond the cost of reproduction. For web posting, a link to this document on our website is preferred. Any exceptions to the above must be approved by The Spotless Bride Ministries.

Please include the following statement on any distributed copy: By Tracey Nelson, M.Ed., author Accelerated Transformation , © May, 8, 2014 Website: The Spotless Bride Blog; (Some images, songs, & videos not owned by author).

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