As I say multiple times in my book, The Pursuit of Freedom, we already have the mind of Christ, His freedom and His character. He died so that we could be restored to God’s original plan and glory, and so we can be fully alive. He is not dying again—His part is done—but we are not done. While we live here on earth, there is always more growth and more glory for us to step into.

His character is in us already, as we are made in His image and have the fruit of the Spirit. It is now our responsibility to develop that character within us and reach our potential.

2 Peter 1:4 (TPT)
“As a result of this, he has given you magnificent promises that are beyond all price, so that through the power of these tremendous promises we can experience partnership with the divine nature, by which you have escaped the corrupt desires that are of the world.”

Let’s look at the definition of “develop.”
to develop (verb)

make grow or grow, become bigger, stronger.
Ex.: body, muscles.

cause to increase or increase the capacity or possibility of; make progress.

In the definition above, the dictionary uses the body as an example—muscles, to grow, to become bigger and stronger. In other words, we are all born with muscles. But we are not born with strong, defined muscles and six-pack abs! To acquire that, we need to EXERCISE, to develop our muscles, make our muscles grow and become stronger.

Suppose, then, that if we are the body of Christ, the character of God in us is like our spiritual muscles. We already have it in us, it is part of the DNA that God gave us, we were born with it. And when we are born again in Jesus, we have the nature of God. But just like our natural muscles, we are not born again with a spiritual six-pack...

God makes the grace of Jesus Christ and the Power of the Holy Spirit available to us so that we can imitate Him, so that our task of DEVELOPING our character—that is, the character of God in us—becomes possible.

Our muscles won't get stronger just by knowing that we have the right and access to go to the gym. We have to actually go and exercise.

Sometimes, we go for a week and do fifteen minutes of leg exercises, our legs hurt, and we end up frustrated because the muscles are not yet fully defined... Or does that only happen to me?

I believe that sometimes we are looking for shortcuts and quick fixes. We do that in the natural world as well as in the spiritual one. But it doesn’t work that way. To develop the character of God in us takes time, exercise, and often challenges. We must be willing to get out of our comfort zone.

I have a trainer at my bootcamp that always says, “Do not compromise your posture for the sake of adding more weight. You will hurt yourself.”

This is true for our spiritual walk as well. We cannot compromise the posture of our hearts for the sake of “religious duty,” because we will end up hurting ourselves. The development of our character in God is dependent on a daily walk and constant relationship and connection with Him.

I would like to talk a little bit about three simple ways we can imitate Jesus and be more like Him, by practicing some of the things He did while He walked the earth. But remember, it’s not a to-do list or religious duty. It is all about developing a true and intimate relationship with Him.

Having a Lifestyle of Prayer
A Lifestyle of Holiness
A Lifestyle of Constantly Renewing Our Minds

1. Having a Lifestyle of Prayer

Jude 1:20 (ESV)
“But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit…”

Praying in the Spirit is one of the most effective ways of developing our character. Sometimes, we don’t even know what to pray, or what to say, and when we partner with Holy Spirit and pray in the Spirit, we align ourselves with God’s will and desires. It is an act of surrender to God, allowing Him to have His way, even when we have no idea what that may be.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to pray without ceasing. I believe that is to live a lifestyle of prayer, a lifestyle of open communication with God, as if you had a cell phone connected to God all the time and were always speaking with Him. Asking for advice, asking His opinion, listening to what He has to say. 

It is important to stop and take the time exclusively to talk to God and connect with Him, without any distractions. But to me, praying without ceasing is to be fully conscious of God’s presence at all times. Fully aware. Regardless of what we are doing, we have Him in mind, we count on Him, listen to Him, and talk to Him.

2. A Lifestyle of Holiness

1 Peter 1:14-16 (ESV)
“As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’”

To be holy, and to live a lifestyle of holiness, is simply to be separate from worldliness—to live for God. Our source of holiness is a relationship with Jesus, not a religious system of rules and prohibitions. It's not about what we can or can't, should or shouldn't.

It is between each of us and Jesus. A lifestyle of holiness requires intimacy, because it is in that intimacy that He will show you what holiness looks like for the season you are living in.

I say that because I often see people getting hung up on what holiness needs to look like, when in reality, it doesn’t need to look like anything other than being in tune with Jesus. Perhaps what you considered to be a lifestyle of holiness years ago—when you were single and had no children—is not the same as it needs to look like now, having a spouse and children to care for.

Before moving on to our third point, I want to quickly address “worldliness.”

Often, people and churches think that worldliness is forms of entertainment; things we watch on television, secular music we listen to, and even the clothes we wear. Or maybe we think that worldliness is not going to church, or not having a commitment to our churches.

But none of this defines worldliness according to the Bible. All of these may be bad habits, sure, or perhaps the person has a reason to do what they do, which is none of our business and not for us to judge. Or maybe these things can even be evidence of worldliness in people’s lives. My point is that none of these things define the bigger, deeper problem, which is worldliness.

In chapter 3 of James, he defines worldliness as worldly wisdom, conflicts and envy that cause division, confusion, and all things evil.

This is worldliness according to the Bible. It is way deeper than someone’s dress code.

James 3:14-16 (ESV)
“But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.”

This is a harsh truth. Ouch!

- Unhealthy competition in the business world: worldliness
- Political parties wanting to kill each other: worldliness
- People stepping on each other’s heads to climb the ladder in the social world: worldliness
- A family where there are brothers and relatives who don’t speak to each other: worldliness

This is by no means judgement. Believe me! God addressed some of these in me a while back, and I had to sit there and listen, bring myself into alignment, if I wanted to grow past the stage I was in. So, no judgement from me at all. But I thought it was important to address what worldliness is, because it cannot be a part of our lifestyle of holiness.

3. A Lifestyle of Constantly Renewing Our Minds

Romans 12:2 (ESV)
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

This is vital for our growth and development. To become spiritually stronger, we need to constantly renew our mind. I have an entire section on how to do that in my book, The Pursuit of Freedom—that’s how important it is—but it boils down to doing the hard work!

When we renew our mind on one aspect or topic, there will be another one ready to go, or even a deeper level of that same one. The renewal of the mind is part of our daily process of development, strengthening, and spiritual growth. Jesus is the standard, the One we are to imitate.

In Closing...

I pray that these simple, yet not so easy, things can help you imitate Jesus more and more each day, developing your character in His likeness and becoming the fullness of who He created you to be.

Activation Time...

Ask the Holy Spirit what is one lie you are believing. It could be anything. 

Once you hear the lie, ask Him: What is the truth? WHat do you say about it?

Write those answers down. 

Spend time this week repeating that truth over yourself over and over.

This is how we live a lifestyle of renewing our minds. 

Tassyane Assis
Tassyane Assis

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    4 replies to "Developing the Character of God Within | Jesus’s Part is Done! But Our Part is Not!"

    • Joan Vetter

      I have been hurting over some areas of rejection within my family when I listened to this, but the activation has ministered deliverance to me.
      My lie is that it is difficult sometimes to come into his presence. His answer: I will never leave you. The activation is to trust that I am his beloved and he will not reject me. He says let me heal the areas of rejection in your heart.

      • Tassyane Assis

        Wow Joan! That is beautiful! Thank you for sharing! Thank you for your vulnerability! Believe me, I had to deal with my own share of rejection… And sometimes it still tries to come against me… but when we allow Him to heal us, He takes us into deeper and deeper waters with Him every time, and as a result, we learn to lean more and more into His love and care less and less about anything else that is not aligned with it! I am believing a season of deep healing for you! Healing and restoration of places in your heart you didn’t even know needed any attention!

        Much love!!!

        • Joan Vetter

          I see you received my comment. Thank you for the response and the prayer.
          I believe I am following too many people, and I need to trust that Jesus himself will continually speak, guide, and heal me.

          • Tassyane Assis

            Yes!!!! Exactly that girl! Trust in HIM!!! He is the one who will do everything!!! You just say yes and believe it!!!

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