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The Meaning of Conversion

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"Conversion is conversion from a self-centered person to a God-centered person." - E. Stanley Jones Conversion is not optional. Jesus was clear, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3 NKJV). The Apostle Peter said the same thing, “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19 NKJV). Conversion means to turn around. We can illustrate it by imagining a person heading in one direction and then turning around and heading in a completely different direction. That is conversion. Repentance is changing your mind, conversion is changing your direction in life. And this is what E. Stanley Jones is pointing to. Before conversion, everyone is self-centered. They are living their life on their own terms, they are doing what they want when they want. They are lord of their lives. Conversion is turning from selfishness and surrendering to Go

Biblical Prayer 2

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For this reason,      I bow my knees to you Father of my Lord Jesus Christ,      from whom the whole family      in Heaven and Earth is named, that you would grant me,      according to the riches of your glory, to be strengthened with might      through your Spirit in the inner being, that Christ may dwell in my heart      through faith; that I, being rooted and grounded in love,      may be able to comprehend with all the saints      what is the width and length and depth and height - to know the love of Christ      which passes knowledge;      that I may be filled with all of your fullness. In Jesus' name, amen. (Eph 3:14-19)

Biblical Prayer 1

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Dear heavenly Father, I pray that you,       the God of my Lord Jesus Christ,       the Father of glory, may give to me the spirit of wisdom and revelation       in the knowledge of you, that  the eyes of my understanding      may be  enlightened; that I may know       what is the hope of your calling,      what are the riches of the glory            of your inheritance in the saints, and      what is the exceeding greatness of your power            towards us who believe, according to the working of your mighty power       which you worked in Christ           when you raised him from the dead           and seated him at your right hand in the heavenly places. In Jesus' name, amen.   (Eph 1:16-20)

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Jay Forrest is a Christian teacher of the mystic way of union with God as revealed by scripture and tradition. He is a member of the Episcopal Church and the author of The Deeper Life: Finding God on the Mystic Path.

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