20 Feb 2014
Romans 12:2- 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.
Conformer or Transformer
The world wants to change you and make you a conformer, but God can help you become a “transformer” today, right now. The word transformation comes from the Greek, Metamorphoo (Meta means self change, morphe means form) from which we get the word Metamorphosis. Metamorphosis is a complete or total change such as a caterpillar turning into a butterfly. Biblical transformation therefore starts with a total or abrupt change in the mind and thought process of a person. It involves thought displacement and thought alignments to the word of God. It is like for example you are walking in one direction and suddenly you stop and turning in the opposite direction. This is how the transformation process of the mind starts.
Renewing of the mind is thinking new things which bring life to the body, spirit and soul. This mind renewal process is a deliberate effort where by one allows their mind to be controlled by the Spirit of God through their spirit rather than by their flesh. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind controlled by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God ( Romans 8:6-7).
It is displacement of negative and corrupt thinking and putting on God’s thought which is the mind of Christ. Ephesians 4:22-24 tells us to “…put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of our mind; and put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Therefore a renewed mind achieves two things: first it “puts off” any sin (lust, fear, doubt, rebellion, hurts, self-centeredness, bitterness, corrupt thinking, quenching of the spirit etc.) and secondly “putting on” the mind of Christ. This is the mind of Christ- Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).When your mind is renewed by God's Spirit you have the same supernatural ability. You're able to discern what the natural mind cannot understand. This brings freedom from self, the world and Satan. Just remember where there is no mind change, there is no life change! Put off the old man, put on Christ and make no provision for the flesh!