True transformation does not come by looking at your flaws and then doing your best through human striving or self effort to change yourself! No! this will only lead to living a very frustrated Romans 7 way of life of " the harder I try, the more I seem to fail!" we need to understand that true transformation only comes by beholding who God has already created us to be In Christ and it comes by the Spirit of Grace as we rest in Christ.
One of the main reasons we study the word is to show ourselves that we are already 100% approved before God! We do not study to gain approval from God, but we study to show ourselves, that we are already approved before God and that we no longer have to hang our head in shame!
All shame and all condemnation has already been dealt with at the cross. Jesus took all of our guilt, shame and condemnation, so that we could be at peace with God.
To rightly divide the word of truth is to understand that we are no longer under the old covenant of the law, but we are now under the new covenant of Gods wonderful grace. Many do not know who they are in Christ because they have failed to rightly divide the word of truth. Most in the church today are feeding on a mixed message of the old and the new, which has in fact rendered both ineffective. We cannot pour new wine into an old wine skin.
In the Old Covenant we did our best to change, measure up and to live for God, but in the New Covenant we do not live for God, God now lives in us! He is alive in us and He wants to live in us and through us, under the New Covenant transformation does not come by human striving, but it comes by the spirit of Grace. In fact our human striving just gets in the way of grace and it actually frustrates grace. One reason that so many lack maturity and fruit in the church today is because they keep trying to do by the flesh, what only grace can do.
righteous ( Rom 5:21) He has already sanctified us, He has already made us Holy and He has already redeemed us. Its a Done Deal.
One of the best things a Christian can do is to stop trying to become who God has already created us to be in Christ and start Resting. Today, begin to see yourself in the Fathers eyes! You are Complete In Christ, You are Holy In Christ and nothing will ever be able to separate you from the Love that the Father has for you In Christ.
Again, your transformation will come by resting in and seeing who God has already created you to be in Christ. In Christ you are righteous, In Christ you are sanctified, In Christ you are redeemed, In Christ you even have the wisdom of God, again as you see who God has already created you to be in Christ, then you will be transformed from the inside out into the same image, even by the Spirit of the Lord.