What the true proverb says has happened to them: “The dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire.” —II Peter 2:22

            The nature of an animal does not change. You can give a dog the best food and satisfy its hunger and yet the disgusting animal will still eat its own vomit after throwing up— gross! But this is a characteristic of a dog. That is his nature. You cannot change it.

            You can give a pig a bath, clean it all up, but given the opportunity it will return to the muck and mire to roll around in it— stinky! But this is a characteristic of a pig. That is his nature. You cannot change it.

            So it is with a lost person who comes under the knowledge of our Lord and Savior. They hear, make some adjustments to life and look they have believed. But in time they return to their defiling ways.   But this is a characteristic of a lost person. That is his nature. You cannot change it.

            When a person “calls on the name Lord” and is saved (Romans 10:13) there will be a transformation that begins in their life (Romans 12:1-2). This transformation will take place over a life-time. The thinking of a person will be transformed and the actions of a person will follow that inward transformation. Desires, speech and deeds will also follow the inward transformation. Evidence will be seen that a person has truly been saved by faith (Ephesians 2:8-10; James 2:14-26). This is characteristic of a saved person. This is evidence that he is taking part in the “divine nature.”   He has been changed and is being changed— “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (II Corinthians 3:18).  We are likened to sheep and follow our Shepherd (John 10:27-28). May we stick close to Him, keeping out eyes fixed on Him! (Hebrews 12:2).

Dear Father may I show forth Your divine nature by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. Oh that it would be so.

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