Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that by testing you may discern what the will of God is, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Do not conform to this world - “pattern of this world” - or the system this world operates in.
Matthew 16:25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul.
There is a system in this world that says you must grind every day in order to gain some kind of life. Jesus teaches here that we have to lose that system of thinking in order to find the life that we actually want.
2 Corinthian 4:4 Satan who is the god of this world
The one who is behind that system is the devil
John 17:16-17 They are not of this world, just as I am not of this world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth
And even though we are in this world we are not of this world
Two families in this earth:
The family of God
Those who are not in God’s family
To get in God’s family the Bible says you MUST be born again into another family.
When you are born into God’s family it is a family you have never been a part of before and now begins the journey to learn a NEW way of thinking
But be TRANSFORMED by the renewing of your mind
Transform - to change into another form
As a child of God there is a daily monthly and yearly process of being transformed - how by the renewing of YOUR mind
God wants to do an amazing miracle of transforming me BUT He is going to do it with my involvement - by changing the way I think.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is anything excellent, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
What you think determines who you are and who you are determines what you do
Your future does not contain pain and struggle - scripture says so -
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts I have toward you says the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil and to give you a hope
Hebrew word translated “Thought” also can be translated “Frame” because thoughts are the framework of our lives
The Bible is God’s framework for our lives and when we renew our minds with it our lives are TRANSFORMED
Psalm 139 He sees our thoughts before we get to them and even before that thought becomes a word He knows it
PSALM 139:17 How precious are the thoughts of God!
What is the Bible? A collection of God thoughts - SO you can think like God
THINK ABOUT THIS: Jesus is the Word made flesh - God thoughts made so we can see:
God’s Truth and
Jesus’ words and actions were a direct expression of who God is and what God thinks and what God does
Jesus said I don’t do anything except that what my Father says
God says in Romans His goal for us is to be conformed to the image of Jesus
So His goal is for us to think like God, be like God and do life like God
How do I transform into Jesus’ likeness? By renewing the way I THINK
The problem is there are other THOUGHTS in our life -
Worldly thoughts - thought that lead to death
Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seems right to a man but it’s end is death
Psalm 139:23 Search me oh God and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts
Gen. 1:26-28 26 Then God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 28 And God blessed them, Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earthen subdue it,…….
The biggest lie in the earth, in the world’s system that is perpetuated by the devil is that we are to live our lives for ourselves and NOT for God’s image
So - get this - “be fruitful and multiply is to ensure that God’s Kingdom advances in the earth - that God’s Kingdom grows”
We are not here to build a kingdom of our own we are here to minister a Kingdom that already exists.
Ezekiel 36:20 But when they came to the nations, wherever they came, the profaned my holy name.
TRANSFORMATION is God's goal….and desire of me and you.
This year is about understanding:
Who you are
Whose you are
Why you are here
What’s available to you