Transformation

When I think of transformation I think of the butterfly breaking out of its cocoon; I think of the sunrises I see from our kitchen window as it drives away the darkness of night, I think of what I have experienced as I understand my identity in Christ.

James 1:12-15 Only if I open the door can Satan influence my life. I am the gatekeeper.  I am responsible. Don’t allow just anything into your life. 1Peter 5:8 Be sober, vigilant. Shut the door. Trojan horse looked good but they were allowing their defeat in. Phil 3:13-14. Eyes on the finish line.

God’s love is expressed by His desire to see our life improve. Just like we want for our children. God wants to bring us to a new level. There is a price for us. If not willing to change, I’m wasting my time living for Jesus.  New nature in spirit. Renewal of mind. Change is not overnight. “Well, my life got a little off track.” Devil wants you “off track”. How far will a train go if it is off track? It’s called a train wreck! Brain washing. New nature. But flesh pulls us back and the devil uses that. Bondage, destruction.

Strengthen in God to stand up to temptation. 1Tim 4:8 Message “Workouts in the gym are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever.” 2 Cor. 10:4 Weapons are not carnal. The Word inside. The promise of eternal life that now is.

Willpower cannot replace God’s power. Galatians 5:22-23 Self control as a fruit of the Spirit comes through mind renewal. Zechariah 4:6 Not by might, not by power, but by My spirit says the Lord. 1Peter 1:13-15 Message “So roll up your sleeves, put your mind in gear, be totally ready to receive the gift that’s coming when Jesus arrives. Don’t lazily slip back into those old grooves of evil, doing just what you feel like doing. You didn’t know any better then; you do now.”

Keys to transformation:

  1. How different am I? Rom 12:2 God’s Word needs to be the central focus. Want change? Aggressive about renewing your mind. Slave of passions and desires. Change to attitudes, not knowledge. Romans 8:5
  2. Mind renewal is not about knowledge: it is about change. Put off the old man (instant). Put on new man (change). Mat 23:27 White washed tombs: beautiful on the outside, filth on the inside. Look at your life in the Word. Look at level of change.  Sons of Sciva. 2Tim 3:5 Form of godliness but denying the power. Roll up your sleeves. Put your mind in gear.
  3. Receive correction Rev. 3:14-19 Lukewarm, vomit you out. Your spiritual condition makes Jesus sick. Can’t live in the flerit: flesh and spirit and the same time. Can’t live in the middle. Complacency. Self-satisfied. God shows His love through correction.
  4. Life style, not an experience. Not about getting comfortable. “Be a Christian and life will be so much easier.” No it’s not! Mat 7:13-14 Broad is the way that leads to destruction. We don’t want to pay the price. Garage sale mentality. No easy way.
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