Introduction – Bible Characters Who Were Transformed By God
God is always working to transform us and uses all sorts of people to do it. In the Bible, we see story after story of characters that God changes.
Sometimes it’s a dramatic change, as when Saul becomes Paul. But often, it’s a quieter change that happens slowly over time as we learn to trust and follow God.
No matter how big or small the change, it’s always amazing to see what God can do in someone’s life. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at some of the most amazing Bible characters transformed by God.
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Paul: From Persecutor to Preacher
When we think of the apostle Paul, the first thing that comes to mind is usually his missionary work and his many letters to various churches. But many people don’t know that before Paul was a preacher, he was a persecutor.
He was so dedicated to persecuting Christians that he even had a hand in killing Stephen, one of the earliest followers of Jesus. But everything changed for Paul when he had a dramatic encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus. This experience transformed him so much that he devoted the rest of his life to preaching the gospel.
Moses: From Killer to Leader
Moses was a killer.
He had led an uprising against the Egyptian Pharaoh, killing any man, woman, or child who got in his way. He was on the run for his life and had good reason to be. The Pharaoh had ordered the death of Moses.
But then Moses met God.
God didn’t condone Moses’ past actions but offered him a new chance to lead the Israelites to freedom. Moses accepted this chance, and he went on to become one of the most revered figures in the Bible. God’s grace transformed him, and he used his new power for good.
Joseph: From Rejected to Ruler
Joseph had a rough start in life. His brothers sold him into slavery, and he spent years in prison. But through it all, Joseph never lost faith in God.
When he finally got to speak to Pharaoh, Joseph used his God-given gift of prophecy to save the country from famine. Pharaoh was so impressed with Joseph that he made him ruler of all of Egypt.
What can we learn from Joseph’s story? We can learn that God is always with us, even when things seem darkest. He never abandons us, and he has a plan for our lives. When we trust in God, anything is possible.
Elijah: From Fearful to Faithful
Elijah was one of the most impressive prophets in the Bible. He was a man who was on fire for God and who was unafraid to stand up to anyone – even the king!
But Elijah didn’t start that way. He was once a fearful man who hid from his enemies. But after he encountered God on Mount Horeb, everything changed. Elijah’s encounter with God transformed him from a fearful man to a faithful man who was bold in his proclamation of the Lord.
If you feel stuck in a rut or afraid to take steps forward in your faith, take courage from Elijah’s story. God can transform even the most fearful of us into people unafraid to stand up for what is right.
David: From Sheep Herder to King
You might think, “Wait, didn’t David start as a king?” And you would be correct. But before he became the great king of Israel, he was just a boy tending sheep in the fields.
But one day, everything changed. God called David to be the next king, and he was anointed by the prophet Samuel. From that day forward, David’s life was never the same. He went from being a simple shepherd to leading an entire nation.
And it wasn’t just his station in life that changed; his relationship with God also transformed. As king, David had a much closer relationship with God than he did as a boy in the field. And that relationship deepened even further when David committed his life to follow God’s will.
If you feel like you’re stuck in a rut or like you’re not living up to your potential, take heart! You never know when God might call you to do something great.
Mary Magdalene: From Demoniac To Disciple
Mary Magdalene is another well-known Bible character which God transformed. She was once a demoniac, meaning seven demons possessed her. But when she met Jesus, He cast the demons out of her, and she became His follower.
Mary was present at Jesus’ crucifixion and was the first to see Him after His resurrection. Because of her faithfulness, she is considered to be a saint by many Christian denominations.
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