Reformation and Transformation

 

·      Romans 12:2 (NIV84) 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. 

 

So many people have a singular idea of spiritual warfare being Christians rebuking demons but I would suggest that there is a more prevalent battleground where spiritual warfare is fought – the mind.  We are born with a sinful mindset – the spirit of our mind is sinful.  When we become Christ-followers God changes the sinful nature to a godly nature but now we must allow the old thinking of the mind to be replaced with the way God thinks – we need a reformation of the mind so that we can experience the fulness of the transformation.

 

The only way that can happen is through the power of the Holy Spirit working from the outside in and the inside out.  

 

Here are some things that our renewed mind should embrace…

  1. All behavior is based on a belief 

You do the things you do because you believe a certain way.

If we know God hates lying – which He says in His word – and we continue to lie it says something about what we really believe.  

What we believe is that is it may be easier to ask for forgiveness rather than permission.  

Or we believe that the consequences for lying will not be as bad as the consequences for not lying.  

Or we may believe that the payoff of lying is worth the price we have to pay.

 

  1. Behind every sin is a lie I believe

At the moment you sin, you’re doing what you think is the best thing for you and not trusting God’s heart of love for you.  You believe the lie of Satan.

 

  1. Change starts in the mind

If you want to change the way you act, you must renew the way you think. 

You can’t start with the action, you’ve got to start with the thought.  

 

·      Romans 8:5 (NIV84) 5 Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 

 

4      The biblical term for “changing your mind” is “repentance”

Repentance is just changing the way we think about something by accepting the way God thinks about it. 

 

5      Bringing our bodies into alignment is the fruit of repentance

Repentance is not behavioral change. Behavior change is the result of repentance. 

 

·      Matthew 3:8 (NIV), “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.” 

 

In other words, “You’ve changed your mind and accepted God’s way of thinking about things — now the fruit is living the way God thinks.

 

So…

Are you being transformed or are you doing all the same things as before you were a Christ-follower? 

Are you still championing the same worldly mindsets that you had before you were a Christ-follower?  

Are you allowing God to remold your thinking?

 

Take a moment to do some introspection.

 

·      What are the areas of my thinking that is more influenced by the world’s mindset than by the Word of God?  Ask the Holy Spirit to show it to you.