Living the Transformed Life!
Therefore, I urge you, brothers in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. 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. Romans 12: 1-2 NIV
So let’s look at just these two verses. How are we able to offer our bodies as living sacrifices holy and pleasing to God? According to these Scriptures we cannot offer our bodies as living sacrifices if we are not being transformed by the renewing of our minds.
What happens when our mind is renewed by the Word of God? We are able to stay conformed to Kingdom principles and not the pattern of the world. Without the renewing of our minds, we will not be able to test and approve what God’s will is. We will not be able to distinguish what his good, pleasing him and perfect will is. Our lifestyle choices will not reflect Kingdom principles or the wisdom of God. We are walking as carnal people allowing our carnal nature to dictate our decisions living on this earth.
What would be an example of conforming to a pattern of the world? Doubt and fear is a pattern of this world.
- Doubting God will take care of us.
- Doubting that we have received our healing from an illness.
- Doubting that God is going to fulfill his promises for our lives.
- Doubting God’s provision for our needs.
- Doubting we can be delivered from an addiction.
- Fearing the future.
- Fearing calamity.
When our default is immediately fear and doubt to circumstances and adverse facts in the natural, then what does the Word say about what is going on in our mind?….Our mind is not renewed in that area.
When a feeling of fear or doubt comes up in you, what should you do then? Get your mind renewed in that area. Find a Scripture or two that applies to the fear or doubt you are dealing with specifically and meditate on it, study it, and declare it. Allow the seed of the Word of God to take root and choke out all of the lies you have believed about God.
When you think of the maturing and growing and transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly do you think that they look very very much alike? No! We are transformed by the renewing of our mind. Our habits, defaults, and our attitudes will look nothing like they used to when we are truly transformed!
Let me put this in perspective. For years I struggled with really bad acne on my face. It was a source of great insecurity. I was tired of being anxious and insecure about my face and wasn’t understanding why I was not receiving healing from the Lord from the acne. I could make all the diet changes I wanted to make and still the acne was really an issue. I took several scriptures and began to declade them over myself every day. It took some time for my mind to be completely convinced that I was healed by the stripes of Jesus, but I finally saw the transformation in myself. Where in the past one large pimple would pop up and I would possibly get angry, upset, and distressed, now I would just continue to speak the Word and tell it to dry up and tell my hormones to go into balance. Finally, one day I realized that my face had been clear for many months and from that time on my face has pretty much always been clear with only minor disruptions rarely!
One other thing that I had to deal with in terms of receiving my healing from acne was learning to walk in my identity as a child of God. Often times the spiritual root to acne is self-rejection. Sometimes we have a difficult time walking in our identity as children of the King of Kings. This little demon of inadequacy can jump on us and affect our bodies. For me the result happened to be acne. For others it can be a range of different physical ailments. I began knowing who I was as the daughter of the King, and that changed everything!
The good news is that you can be so sure that as you are renewing your mind to the Word of God and being transformed that you will no longer look like the person you used to look like in the physical, in the spirit, and in your emotions! Your default and knee-jerk reaction to what you see in the natural will be faith instead of fear and doubt and negativity!