Summary: Living the new life in Christ requires a reprogramming of our thoughts and manner of thinking by the renewal of our mind
Rom. 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
The power of the renewed mind! What vast potential lies within the believer!
How important is a renewed mind?
It's possible to get a renewed mind because the Word of God says so!
Nurturing the dream and vision!
We are under construction! A work in progress! An ongoing work in mind renewing!
Our present physical feelings are real and the pain is real but remember God is more real and so is His Word…very real! In fact His words are more real than the physical universe we presently occupy, for the universe was framed by the word of God! If His words should cease then everything else ceases for He upholds all things by the Word of His Power!
His promises are yes and amen! What He says about you is true. So in the great debate about your life, your health and well being whose report should you believe?
While the enemy is on one side flashing us with all his wares, God is on the other side showing us what He did through His Words and what He paid for with His Blood!!
If Jesus came that we might have life and that more abundantly what has the enemy been really force feeding us? Are we really satisfied? Have we settled for less than He promised us?
How did we get saved and become children of God?
By hearing Believing and Confessing God’s Word!
Meditation on God's Word moves us from theological fact to spiritual truth!
As we allow our minds to be renewed we become transformed. Transformation is a radical change from something ordinary looking into a totally revolutionary new creation! Just like those cars in The Transformers movie!
As we meditate on the Word it may look difficult and indeed the enemy will do his utmost to make it so. But as we persist it becomes like one of those candies, like Jolly Rancher Double Blasts or Gushers, that you work on with patience until you get to the center and a flood of flavor explodes in your mouth as you savor its sweetness!
So really now:
"How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?”
The word transformed here comes from the Greek metamorphoo¯ which occurs in three verses in the New Testament. It's translated as transfigured, 2 times in Mar 9:2; as changed in2Co 3:18; and as transformed in Rom 12:2
It's in contrast with metasche¯matizo¯ which occurs as transformed in2Co 11:14-15;change in Phi 3:21;figure in 1Co_4:6 and transferred in 1Co_4:6
metasche¯matízo¯; fut. metasche¯matíso¯, from metá (G3326), denoting change of place or condition, and sche¯matízo¯ (n.f.), to form, which is from sche¯´ma (G4976), shape, outward form. To transform, change the outward form or appearance of something. Occurs only in 1Co_4:6; 2Co_11:13-15; Php_3:21.
This outward change is best illustrated by contrasting metasche¯matízo¯ with metamorphóo¯ (G3339), to transform. If one were to change a Japanese garden into an Italian one, this would be metasche¯matízo¯. But if one were to transform a garden into something wholly different, as a ballfield, it is metamorpho¯´. It is possible for Satan to metasche¯matízo¯, transform himself into an angel of light (2Co_11:14), i.e., he can change his whole outward semblance. But it would be impossible to apply metamorphóo¯ to any such change for this would imply an internal change, a change not of appearance but of essence, which lies beyond his power.