7 AMAZING Benefits in Becoming more like Jesus!

Becoming more like Jesus Christ can be an intimidating thought when we think about it.  The Creator of heaven and earth is the resurrected Savior for all humankind. 

 Jesus has us here on earth to be a representation of who He is. I am humbled and thankful that He is always by my side.

He desires to mold us to be more like Him. (Romans 8:29) Yes, there are tumultuous trials. We also face spiritual warfare daily. But there is something so remarkable and life-transforming as we seek to live like Jesus!7 Amazing Benefits in Becoming more Like Jesus

How to Be Like Jesus

 Based on my experiences over the past several years since the stroke, I want to share with you Seven AMAZING Benefits in becoming more like Jesus every day!

For those whom He foreknew, He predestined to be conformed to the image of His son; so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren.” Romans 8:29.

1st Benefit.  A Relationship with God through Jesus

Jesus Christ paid the ultimate sacrifice for our sins when He died for us on the cross.  Through His resurrection and our acceptance of Jesus as our Savior, we can have unfettered access to our Heavenly Father.  As we read His word daily and reach out to Him in prayer, He communicates His will and desires for our lives and helps us understand our purpose for His glory!

For if while we were enemies; we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more being reconciled we shall be saved by His life.” Romans 5:10.

2nd Benefit. A Renewed Mind.

When spending quality time communicating with God and studying His word, our mind changes.  Our thoughts become more Christ-like as we grow spiritually. The things we speak, think and do are transformed as our mind becomes saturated with God’s word.

And that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and put on the new self which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.” Ephesians 4:23-24.

3rd Benefit. A Rejuvenated Spirit.

 

It was not until after my mind began to renew while lying in the hospital that God rejuvenated my spirit.  I had a ravenous HUNGER to know more about Him and learn why He allowed me to survive.  I was HUMBLED when I realized His unconditional love for me. Directing me off the dangerous path, I was headed down. There will always be trials and tribulations in our lives, but when we remember all that Christ has done for us, our hearts should shout with joy! 7 AMAZING Benefits in Becoming more like Jesus

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. James 1:3. NIV

4th Benefit. A Renovated Heart.

A word of warning! This benefit may cause us to endure necessary pain as God peels away the residue of habitual or hidden sins. The things in our life that displease and dishonor Him. These renovations can take time. A lot depends on our willingness to change and our stubbornness holding on to obstacles that hinder us from fulfilling His will for our lives.  God replaces what we thought was something we needed with His unfailing love and divine strength to overcome anything.

And the hope of God does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts which was given to us through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:4-5.

5th Benefit. A Reconstructed Future.

Having accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior, we have the promise of spending eternity in Heaven with Him.  He wants to bless us not only in Heaven someday but right now as we seek to live for Him. The Prosperity of His Peace, the Goodness of His Grace, and the Moments of His Mercy are all bountiful blessings that we can receive right now as we live for Him!

In my Father’s house are many mansions, if it were not so I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you and will come again and receive unto myself that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:2-3.

A faithful man will abound with blessings…” Proverbs 28:20.

6th Benefit. Righteous Thoughts.

As a result of a renewed mind, our thoughts about life change. Despite repeated personal attacks from Satan, the unprecedented changes in the world around us, the country continues growing further away from God. Our righteous thoughts help us see everything through God’s eyes.  Jesus warned us about the tribulations and turmoil we would encounter, but He also promised to leave us with incomparable peace. (John 14:27) He wants us to think like HIM in every situation.7 AMAZING Benefits in Becoming more like Jesus

 

Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about sucj things. Philippians 4:8.

7th Benefit of Becoming like Jesus. A Reinforced Faith.

This is one of my favorite benefits (although #5 is hard to beat!). Just last week, I was headed to the doctor, and my mother said to me, “You know you are in spiritual warfare?”  I said to her,” I must be doing something right if the devil continues to attack.”  I don’t mean that in a prideful way, but I am thankful that as God brings me through each trial, my faith in Jesus grows stronger every day.  I want to encourage others as they witness my response to unexpected difficulties and trials.


Armor of God-Shield of Faith

Before I was afflicted, I went astray but now I keep Thy word.  May those who fear You see me and be glad, because I wait for your word.” Psalm 119:67,74.

These 7 Benefits have Transformed my life, and it’s my prayer that you are encouraged as you’ve read them. Becoming more like Jesus is a tremendous responsibility but also the highest of honors. As a member of God’s family, I am thankful for the blessing of these benefits as I seek to continue in God’s will for my life.  

If you know Christ as your Lord and Savior, I would love to read about some of the AMAZING benefits that God has blessed you with during your journey.  I am always inspired to hear how God is working in my brothers’ and sisters’ lives in Christ!

 

Blessings…

 

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36 thoughts on “7 AMAZING Benefits in Becoming more like Jesus!”

  1. These are amazing, Horace! I’m thankful my mind, heart, and faith changes as I spend more time with Jesus. No matter what is going on around me, He is ALWAYS in control, I just have to keep spending time and trusting in Him. Thank you for sharing with Thankful Thursdays.

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    • Thanks for the opportunity to share Lori. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. Yes I do believe that trusting Him and time spent with God makes the AMAZING benefits attainable! Thanks for the visit today. Have a wonderful week and God bless you my friend!

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  2. Nice job breaking down these benefits into an easy to understand message of grace and living with Christ, Horace! You will reach and impact many with this and your message. Blessings to you as you follow His path. #IntentionalTuesday

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    • Thanks for he visit Jill and thank you for your words of encouragement! I am thankful that all these benefits are available to us as we seek to be more like Jesus. I hope that those who do read are encouraged and inspired to be more like Christ. Have a wonderful week and God bless!

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    • Thank you for visiting and your comment Ellen. Yes, the benefits from God are Amazing and I am thankful that He blesses us with them as we strive to become more like Jesus. Thanks again for the visit. Have a blessed week!

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    • Amen Kristi! I am thankful for the Savior’s love that He continually bestows on us as we seek to be more like Jesus. Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend and God bless you and yours my friend!

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing this edifying post.

    I found myself reflecting upon your statement, “He replaces what we thought was something we needed with His unfailing love and divine strength to overcome anything. And your subsequent verse,

    And the hope of God does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts which was given to us through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:5.” was perfect further emphasis that His unfailing love and divine strength will help us overcome anything.

    Blessings

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    • Thanks for the visit Karen. Ye I have experienced God’s “divine” replacement and boy am I glad He did! I am learning to trust His love for me and rely on His strength. Have a wonderful weekend and blessings to you and yours!

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    • Thanks Amanda. I am thankful that God helps me in sharing what He reveals to me. I pray that it is both helpful and encouraging to those who read. THanks again for your comment. Blessings to you and yours!

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  4. Horace, what wonderful benefits come from being conformed to His image! I was especially encouraged by the 6th benefit: righteous thoughts. To see the world through His eyes is an awesome gift! Bless you, dear friend.

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  5. You hit another one right out of the park, Horace! I even shared this on my personal FB page. Thank you for sharing your post and your faith with us at the Over the Moon Link Party. You are one of my Feature picks for this week’s link party, so come back tomorrow evening and grab your Featured Post Badge.

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    • Thank you Sandy for the kind word and for sharing! I am blessed hearing that you enjoyed the post. I ask God to use my writing for His glory and I continue to reap from these benefits of Jesus as I seek to become more like Him everyday. Thanks again for the visit. Have a wonderful weekend and may God bless you and yours!

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    • Thanks for visiting Michele. I hope to glorify Christ in everything I write here. It is because of His blessings that I can share all that He’s done for me. Have a wonderful week and may God bless you and yours!

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  6. How can I not want to be more and more like Jesus? This human thinks I am not “good enough” but the Jesus follower knows that I am accepted as I am and can be molded and made by the Potter Himself. Thank you for sharing these powerful points for me to ponder.

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    • Amen Linda! I think at times it is a struggle for us a Christians to comprehend Christ’s acceptance. I thank Him for His acceptance of me every day. I am blessed by His desire to mold me into Christ likeness. The benefits continue to transform my life. Thank you so much for your visit today. Have a wonderful week and blessings to you and yours!

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  7. Such a great run down on the benefits of sanctification! Thank you for your encouraging and inspiring words, Horace! Blessings!

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    • Thank you Liz and welcome! It was not until just a few years ago that I understood what sanctification meant. We are blessed that God continues to mold us in His image as we seek to be more like Christ.

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  8. You have said it best! Following Jesus may be really really really tough, because the enemy will surely work in double time to bring us down. But it is worthwhile. I think we can even go beyond 7, can we?

    Blessings!

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    • Lol…thanks Lux for your visit and your comment. Yes, the enemy is working double time to bring us down. In fact I am discussing that in my next post! I truly believe the benefits are more than worthwhile and if I did more than 7; the post would turn into a series:) Thanks again for your return visit. I hope you will visit again. Have a wonderful week and may God bless you and yours!

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  9. Wonderful! Love these. Thank you so much for linking up to Open Mic Monday for the soul at Cisneros Cafe last week. I’ve been absent this week due to my morning sickness, but I’m getting over the hump and hope to be back very soon. Have a beautiful and blessed rest of your week, friend.

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  10. Horace,
    This is such an encouraging list of 7 reasons to becoming more like Jesus! I want to keep this handy for those conversations of “Why?”

    Your story is so filled with hope. I pray many come here and find that hope alongside you! Thank you for joining me on the launch of Moments of Hope! I’d love it if you come back on Monday!!!

    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

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    • Thanks Lori for your visit,kind words,and for allowing me to share at Moments of Hope. I too hope those who read this post are encouraged and inspired to be more like Jesus. What a testimony for Him we can be. I definitely hope to return on Monday. What a great way to start the week;) Thanks again for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend and blessings to you and yours!

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    • Thank you for the visit Mary. Yes it is my desire to be like Christ each day. I am a work in progress but it makes it better for those around me when I seek to live and love like He does. Thanks again for stopping by. Have a wonderful and May God bless you in all your endeavors!

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    • Thank you, Carole, for the kind words. Seeking Jesus is the best thing a person can do, both in good times and bad. May he continue to walk with you on your lifelong journey as you seek Him

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