Four Keys to Personal Transformation

January 03, 2021 | Scott McDermott

Matthew 4:12-20
When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee. Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali— to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah: “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles— the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.

1. Acknowledge your need to change

Matthew 4:15-17
“Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles— the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

Matthew 8:17
This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.”

Matthew 5:6
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Matthew 6:33
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

2. Choose God’s agenda over the agenda of this world

Matthew 4:19
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”

John 1:40-42
Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter ).

3. Keeping following Jesus no matter what the circumstance

Matthew 4:19
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”

4. Learn how God wants to use you

Matthew 4:19
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”

Acts 2:14-18
Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: “ ‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.

Questions

What does it mean to follow Jesus right now in your life?


What are your greatest battles?


What are you learning about the way God wants to use you?


What does God want you to do about it?

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