Dr. Crystal M. Consonery is a Certified Faith Based Clinical Counselor, Life Coach and Speaker. With over 20 years of Counseling and Training & Development experience. She holds a PhD in Biblical Counseling, as well as a certification in ...
Dr. Crystal M. Consonery is a Certified Faith Based Clinical Counselor, Life Coach and Speaker. With over 20 years of Counseling and Training & Development experience. She holds a PhD in Biblical Counseling, as well as a certification in Herbal Medicine and Nutrition.
She is the Host of Coffee with Crystal on Blog Talk Radio, the author of the 30-day Women’s Devotional A Transcending Peace and the Devotional Book From Mommy with Love. A native of Donaldsonville, LA Dr. Crystal currently resides in a suburb of Metro-Atlanta with her husband and two children.
Are you aware that God has a plan for each and everyone of us and that plan is as unique and individual as we are after all, Jeremiah 29:11-12 says “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
As outlined in Part I— Embracing You —the four steps to finding your Godly purpose are:
Step 1: Survey where you are in your walk with God
Step 2: Pray for guidance and direction
Step 3: Establish Relationships with others who are focused on God
Step 4: Identify & change things in your life that are not in line with God’s word
Once you have completed these steps you may ask, “Now what, where do I go from here?”
Romans 12:2says … Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
To be transformed is to change in your form, your external appearance, or structure, the way you are made up, your essence your way of thinking and being. It’s to a have complete metamorphoses or profound and complete change.
When you begin to go through a Godly transformation, it will be noticeable in many ways but there are three areas that I would like to touch upon:
1. Your thoughts and actions
2. Your outer appearance
3. Your reception by others
1 Corinthians 13:11 … When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. Think about it for a moment, you may not have begun to physically age as you embark on living your Godly purpose but you are growing spiritually, and this should be evident.
Thoughts and Actions
Another area where your transformation should be evident is your outer appearance. Let’s consider Moses’ appearance after spending time with God. Exodus 34:29 says ... When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord.
Your Outer Appearance
Which leads into the last point I would like to touch on; I would like for us to take a walk through Mark 5:1-20 and look at the transformation of a demon possessed man:
They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes. When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him. This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.
When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!” For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!”
Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”
“My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area.
A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” He gave them permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned.
Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man—and told about the pigs as well. Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region.
As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.
Your Reception by Others