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John 1:12 NKJV
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
Romans 12:1–2 NKJV
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Romans 12:

Transformers

Mankind has made miraculous advances in physics, medicine, astro-physics, genetic engineering, psychology, theology and other scientific disciplines in the last decade. Some Examples are…
But when in comes down to man’s treatment of his own kind the story is much different. Starvation and diseases are running rampant and unchecked despite man’s agricultural and medical advances. Man with his powerful electron microscopes can fine the human gene responsible for aging, but amazingly man has not found a way to live at peace with his fellow man.
peer pres·sure
noun influence from members of one's peer group. "his behavior was affected by drink and peer pressure"
A cartoon program in the early to mid-nineties featured characters that at first glance seemed to be tractor trailers and other types of vehicles. But they had the unique ability to transform themselves into other forms! It seems very simple and childish but a very powerful spiritual lesson can be learned from this.
When it comes down to a changed life, from the inside out, man still has to come to the Church of the living God to discover the power that transforms lives!
A cartoon program in the early to mid-nineties featured characters that at first glance seemed to be tractor trailers and other types of vehicles. But they had the unique ability to transform themselves into other forms! It seems very simple and childish but a very powerful spiritual lesson can be learned from this.
It reminds me of the popular TV and Movie franchise called “Transformers” as the story goes, several thousand years ago, the planet Cybertron was consumed by a civil war by the two Transformer factions, the Autobots led by Optimus Prime and the Decepticons led by Megatron.
A cartoon program in the early to mid-nineties featured characters that at first glance seemed to be tractor trailers and other types of vehicles. But they had the unique ability to transform themselves into other forms! It seems very simple and childish but a very powerful spiritual lesson can be learned from this.
At first glance they seemed to be tractor trailers and other types of vehicles. But they had the unique ability to transform themselves into other forms!
It seems very simple and childish but a very powerful spiritual lesson can be learned from this.
The fictional characters had the power or ability to transform but they had to make it or will it to happen!
Tell your neighbor make it happen!

It was an act of the will!

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Exodus 15:2 NKJV
The Lord is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; My father’s God, and I will exalt Him.

The first transformer...

God was the originator of the idea of transformation! When he created man in such a way that, if need be, He could pull a woman out of him with out ever having to reach back into the dust. In one act God transformed a man into a marriage and marriage into a family, and so on. When God created man everything he needed to become was already placed inside of him!
Unlimited potential was locked into our spirits before birth. For the Christian, transformation is the out-working of the internal. In other words God has placed certain things in us that must come out!
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
I pray that we as Christians never lose our conviction that God does change lives. Even though we are so fragile, and can be burdened beyond our strength and taxed beyond our power to cope. We are created beings, with limits, and life will drag every one of us to his or her limit, time and time again. We invest our trust with others who betray us. We often stumble in the face of strong temptations and never cease to pay a price that we never imagined. Sharing our lives with others that need us can deplete our means and our strength; extended illness that we feel we never deserved can cling like a close friend; and besides all of this, we are still random candidates for street violence, airplane and car crashes, violent storms, war casualties, freak accidents and mental breakdowns. In the midst of hell and high-water we need to know that we are not alone in this world. We need to know that God is a power and a presence who is aware of our condition and who is able to intervene on our behalf. We need to know that… God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; ,
Just like a caterpillar in his cocoon transforming into a beautiful butterfly, many people that will rock this world are sleeping in the cocoon of obscurity, waiting for their change to come. However the Scriptures speak loud and clear,”…it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer that when we believed” ().
Expound the Idea about God being the original transformer!
Romans (King James Version) A. The Believer and God, 12:1–2

the believer is to give his devotion, energy, and thoughts to God. The word therefore launches a new subject for discussion. It connects what is about to be said to what has been said. What has been said is this:

⇒ The world desperately needs to get right with God (Ro. 1:18–3:20).

⇒ The way for the world to get right with God is now clearly revealed through God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. The way is justification: believing in the Lord Jesus Christ and having God count one’s faith as righteousness (Ro. 3:21–5:21).

⇒ The believer in Christ can now be sanctified, that is, set apart to God and set free from sin to life eternal by the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Holy Spirit (Ro. 6:1–8:39).

⇒ The believer or the church, not Israel, is now God’s choice to carry the gospel of His Son to the whole world (Ro. 9:1–11:36).

This is the glorious message of how much God loves us and of what God has done for us. This is what is meant by “the mercies of God.” The mercies of God are overflowing; they are beyond anything any person could ever desire. Just think about what God has done for us. God has …

• met our desperate need to get right with Him

• provided the power to be set free from the terrible bondages of this life and to live eternally

• given the most glorious purpose to life: that of proclaiming the news of God’s Son, of how to be set free from sin and death and to live eternally

Therefore, in light of the mercies of God, of all this that God has done for us, we must devote ourselves to God. We must dedicate and commit ourselves to Him.

Dedication - commitment

Romans 12:1 NKJV
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
Romans (King James Version) A. The Believer and God, 12:1–2

the believer is to give his devotion, energy, and thoughts to God. The word therefore launches a new subject for discussion. It connects what is about to be said to what has been said. What has been said is this:

⇒ The world desperately needs to get right with God (Ro. 1:18–3:20).

⇒ The way for the world to get right with God is now clearly revealed through God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. The way is justification: believing in the Lord Jesus Christ and having God count one’s faith as righteousness (Ro. 3:21–5:21).

⇒ The believer in Christ can now be sanctified, that is, set apart to God and set free from sin to life eternal by the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Holy Spirit (Ro. 6:1–8:39).

⇒ The believer or the church, not Israel, is now God’s choice to carry the gospel of His Son to the whole world (Ro. 9:1–11:36).

This is the glorious message of how much God loves us and of what God has done for us. This is what is meant by “the mercies of God.” The mercies of God are overflowing; they are beyond anything any person could ever desire. Just think about what God has done for us. God has …

• met our desperate need to get right with Him

• provided the power to be set free from the terrible bondages of this life and to live eternally

• given the most glorious purpose to life: that of proclaiming the news of God’s Son, of how to be set free from sin and death and to live eternally

Therefore, in light of the mercies of God, of all this that God has done for us, we must devote ourselves to God. We must dedicate and commit ourselves to Him.

Romans (King James Version) A. The Believer and God, 12:1–2

the believer is to present his body to God. The importance of the human body cannot be overstated. The one thing upon earth that is abused more than anything else is man’s body. Man abuses, neglects, and ignores his body …

• by overeating

• by becoming inactive

• by being too active

• by cursing, fighting, and killing

• by partaking of harmful substances

• by caring for the external abusing the internal

• by getting too much or too little rest

The list could go on and on, but just the mention of these few sins clearly strikes the point home. If there is an exhortation in Scripture that must be heeded by Christian believers, it is the exhortation of these two verses.

a. The believer is to present his body as a living sacrifice to God. Note three facts.

1) God demands the believer’s body. God is not only interested in man’s spirit; He is vitally interested in man’s body. His interest could not be any stronger nor made any clearer. This is clearly seen by contrasting the world’s view of the body with God’s view (see DEEPER STUDY # 1, Body—Ro. 12:1 for discussion).

2) The believer is to present his body to God. The dedication …

• is not to be made to self: living as one wishes; doing one’s own thing

• is not to be made to others: living for family, wife, husband, child, parent, mistress, companion, sexual partner, or employer

• is not to be to something else: houses, lands, property, money, cars, possessions, profession, recreation, retirement, luxury, power, recognition, fame

The body is to be offered to God and to God alone. God demands the body, demands that it be presented to Him. God wants the body to be sacrificially living for Him.

3) The believer is to present his body to God as a living sacrifice. Note the believer’s offering of his body is to be sacrificial. This is the picture of Old Testament believers taking animals and offering them to God as sacrifices. The believer is to make the same kind of sacrificial offering to God, but note the profound difference. The believer’s offering is not to be the sacrifice of an animal’s flesh and blood. The offering and sacrifice of the believer is to be his body: he is to offer his body as a living sacrifice. A living sacrifice means at least four things.

⇒ A living sacrifice means a constant, continuous sacrifice, not just an occasional dedication of one’s body. A person does not sacrifice his body to God today and then take his body back into his own hands and do his own thing tomorrow. A living sacrifice means that a person dedicates his body to live for God and to keep on living for God.

⇒ A living sacrifice means a sacrifice of a person’s body wherever the body is. A particular place is not needed. The sacrifice of the body is a living sacrifice; it can be made while the body is living right where it is. And the offering of a living sacrifice is to be made right now while the body is living.

⇒ A living sacrifice means that the body sacrifices its own desires and lives for God. The body lives a holy, righteous, pure, clean, and moral life for God. The body does not pollute, dirty, nor contaminate itself with the sins and corruptions of the world: neither the lust of the flesh, nor the lust of the eyes, nor the pride of life. The believer’s body is sacrificed for God and dedicated to live as He commands.

⇒ A living sacrifice means that the body lives for God by serving God. It means that the body sacrifices and gives up its own ambitions and desires, and it serves God while upon this earth. The body gives itself to the work of proclaiming the love of God and of ministering to a world reeling in desperate needs. The body sacrifices itself to serve God and Him alone. The body is dedicated to God as a living sacrifice.

In summary, the believer is to dedicate his body to God as a living sacrifice in the home, church, school, office, plant, field, restaurant, club, plane, car or bus. No matter where the believer’s body is, his body is to be sacrificed for God. Sacrificing to God is not something that is transacted in a church. Sacrificing to God is transacted in every act of the human body. The world, that is, the whole universe, is the sanctuary of God; and the believer’s body is the temple of God. Therefore, every act of the believer’s body is to be an act of service to God.

1 Corinthians 6:20 NKJV
For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
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Romans (King James Version) A. The Believer and God, 12:1–2

Body: the world’s view of the human body differs radically from God’s view. This is clearly seen by contrasting the two views.

1. Some persons treat the body as though it is all that matters in this world. They believe the body—its physical, mental, and social development—is what life is all about. Therefore, they declare that man must take care of his body to the ultimate degree, developing and getting the most out of it. The developing process may range all the way from bodybuilding through weight-lifting to mental apprehension through concentrated study. Some just view the body—its development, life, and contribution to society—as the very purpose for the existence of man, as the very reason lying behind the evolutionary process of man’s being. (Note: this view is most often held by the humanist, the disciplined, and the stoics of society; however, there are few persons who hold to a pure view of the human body. Most persons cross this view with the next view so as to live as they choose when they choose.)

2. Other persons treat the body as though it matters little. It is reasonably or moderately important, but not of supreme importance. The supreme significance in life is the spirit of living and getting the most out of life. What a person does with the body matters little just so he takes reasonable care of it. What matters is the enjoyment and pleasure of life, the spirit of living, of really experiencing the most enjoyment possible. The attitude is “care for the body, yes, but be reasonable about its care. The body is not going to last forever, so do not let its care interfere with the enjoyment and pleasure of life. Eat, drink, and be merry—just do not kill yourself. A few hours or months taken off a person’s life for overindulging here and there do not matter that much. Do not take the fun out of life by over-stressing the body.” (Note: this view is most often held by the carnal, the undisciplined, and the Epicureans of society. However, remember the statement above: there are few persons who hold to a pure view of either position.)

3. God’s view of the human body differs radically from man’s view. God’s view of the body is higher and more supreme than man’s view. Scripture reveals several significant things about the human body.

a. When God created man, He created him in His own image (Ge. 1:27). That image rested in the human body. No matter what the image is, or what a person thinks the image is, it rested in the human body. An image is only a shadow. It is like the picture on a stamp: the picture is not the person; it is only an image of the person. However, it is an image, and it is a likeness. Just what is meant by the “image” may be disputed, but the arguments do not matter. Whatever the image is …

• it was given to man by God

• it was a part of man, of his being, of his person, of his body

The point is this: man’s body is of supreme importance to God. God gave the body the stamp of His very own image.

b. When God sent His Son into the world, He chose to send Him in a human body.

“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage” (He. 2:14–15).

c. When God’s Son was put to death and His body buried, God raised His body up from the grave and took His resurrected body into the spiritual world.

d. Scripture teaches that the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, that the body actually houses the presence of God’s Spirit.

“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Co. 6:19–20).

e. Scripture teaches that the body has been created to exist eternally and that the body of man will actually be resurrected from the dust of the ground and recreated into a perfect body (1 Co. 15:1–58; 1 Th. 4:14–18).

f. Scripture teaches that the body is to be cared for to the ultimate degree, being developed and disciplined to the fullest.

⇒ The ultimate degree of physical discipline.

“Neither yield ye your members [bodily parts] as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead [perfection], and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God” (Ro. 6:13).

⇒ The ultimate degree of mental discipline.

“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Co. 10:5).

⇒ The ultimate degree of social discipline.

“Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Mt. 22:39).

“Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them” (Mt. 7:12).

g. Scripture teaches that the body is to enjoy life to the fullest.

“I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (Jn. 10:10).

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Ga. 5:22–23).

In summary, Scripture teaches that the human body is of supreme importance to God; therefore, man should take care of his body as well as is humanly possible. The body does not exist for this life alone; it has a far more supreme purpose than to just exist for a few years and then cease to be. The body of man has been created by God to be resurrected and to live eternally.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service” (Ro. 12:1).

3 (12:2) Conformed—World—Worldliness: the believer is not to be conformed to this world.

a. The word conformed (sunschematizo) comes from the root word schema which means fashion, the outward form, the appearance of a man. It is the appearance of a person that changes from day to day and year to year. A man dresses differently for work than he does for an evening out. A man looks different as a young man than he does as an older man. His schema, his fashion, his outward appearance differs.

b. The word world (aion) in the simplest of terms means the world itself and everything in it, for it is all corruptible. The world, including the heavens and earth and all therein, is aging, deteriorating and dying; and it will pass away. The world is not perfect: not in being, order, morality, or justice.

c. The believer is not to be conformed to this world. Now note something: the world, the very fashion and appearance of the world …

• seems to be lasting, permanent, and unending

• seems to offer the very best of everything: pleasure, enjoyment, happiness, fulfillment, satisfaction, completeness

However, the fashion and appearance of the world is a lie, a mask, a masquerade. Even the very spirit of the world has within it the seed of corruption. The seed of corruption is seen in the acts of the world and its nature, in the terrible spirit of …

• selfishness

• greed

• anger

• hatred

• bitterness

• ungodliness

• savagery

• division

• war

• deceitfulness

• suffering

• conflict

• ignorance

• deterioration

• death

• sickness

• disease

• cursing

• pride

• disorder

• decay

Note two significant facts, facts that desperately need to be heeded by the world as well as by believers.

1) The world itself and everything in it shall pass away.

“The fashion of this world passeth away” (1 Co. 7:31).

“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Co. 4:18).

“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless” (2 Pe. 3:10–14; see vv. 3–14).

“And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever” (1 Jn. 2:17).

“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea” (Re. 21:1).

“The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish” (Is. 24:4).

“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (He. 9:27).

“But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away” (Js. 1:10).

“Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away” (Js. 4:14).

“For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away” (1 Pe. 1:24).

“For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding” (1 Chr. 29:15).

“My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, and are spent without hope” (Jb. 7:6).

“Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good” (Jb. 9:25).

“Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity” (Ps. 39:5).

“Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish” (Ps. 49:12).

“For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again” (Ps. 78:39).

“Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed” (Ps. 102:25–26).

“For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust” (Ps. 103:14).

“As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more” (Ps. 103:15–16).

“Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?” (Is. 2:22).

“The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: the grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass” (Is. 40:6–7).

“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away” (Is. 64:6).

2) The believer is not to conform, that is, fashion himself after the world …

• not to follow the fellowship of the world

“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty” (2 Co. 6:17–18).

“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (Js. 4:4).

“And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against” (Lu. 2:34).

• not to follow the fashion and lusts of the world

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world” (1 Jn. 2:15–16).

“As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance” (1 Pe. 1:14).

• not to follow the course of this world

“Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience” (Ep. 2:2).

• not to follow the god of this world, Satan

“In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them” (2 Co. 4:4).

• not to follow the leaders of this world

“Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: but we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” (1 Co. 2:6–8).

• not to follow the false security of the world

“For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Mt. 24:38–39).

“For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape” (1 Th. 5:2–3).

• not to follow after the deceitful riches of this world

“He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he become unfruitful” (Mt. 13:22).

• not to live in pleasure on earth

“Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter” (Js. 5:5).

• not to follow the crowd of the world

“Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil” (Ex. 23:2).

4 (12:2) Transformed—Mind: the believer is to be transformed (metamorphousthe). The Greek root of the word is morphe. Morphe means the real being of a man. It is the very nature and essence, the inseparable part, the unchanging shape of a man. The man in evening clothes looks different than he does in work clothes, but he is still the same man inwardly. The elderly man is the same man inwardly that he was as a young man.

What the Bible is saying is clearly evident: the believer must undergo a radical change within his inner being in order to escape the world and its doom. The believer must be transformed and changed inwardly. His real self—his very nature, essence, personality, inner being, his inner man—must be changed.

a. How is a man transformed within his inner person? The Bible declares as simply as can be stated, “by the renewing of your mind.” The believer’s mind is to be renewed (anakainosis), which means to be made new, readjusted, changed, turned around, regenerated.

1) The mind of man has been affected by sin. It desperately needs to be renewed. The mind is far from perfect. It is basically worldly, that is …

• selfish

• self-centered

• self-seeking

• centered on this world

• centered on the flesh

• centered on this life

Scripture is clear about the corruption of man’s mind. The human mind has been tragically corrupted by man’s selfishness and sin.

⇒ Man’s mind has become vain, empty, and futile in its imaginations.

“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened” (Ro. 1:21).

⇒ Man’s mind has become reprobate.

“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient” (Ro. 1:28).

⇒ Man’s mind has become carnal and full of enmity against God.

“Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be” (Ro. 8:7).

⇒ Man’s mind has become blinded by Satan lest it believe the glorious gospel of Christ.

“In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them” (2 Co. 4:4).

⇒ Man’s mind has become full of vanity, futility, emptiness.

“This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of the mind” (Ep. 4:17).

⇒ Man’s mind has become focused upon earthly things.

“For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things” (Ph. 3:18–19).

⇒ Man’s mind has become alienated from God and an enemy to God.

“And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled” (Col. 1:21).

⇒ Man’s mind has become fleshly.

“Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind” (Col. 2:18).

⇒ Man’s mind has become defiled.

“Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled” (Tit. 1:15).

2) The mind is renewed by the presence and the image of Christ in the life of the believer. When a person receives the Lord Jesus Christ as His Lord, the man is spiritually …

• born again (Jn. 3:3–8; 1 Pe. 1:23)

• made into a new man (Ep. 4:24; Col. 3:10)

• made into a new creature (2 Co. 5:17)

• given the mind of Christ (1 Co. 2:16; see vv. 9–15)

• changed into the image of Christ (2 Co. 3:18; see Ro. 8:29; 1 Co. 15:49; Col. 3:10; 1 Jn. 3:2)

What this means is a most wonderful truth, and it is easily seen. When a person receives Jesus Christ into his life, he receives the mind and the image of Christ as well. Christ places His mind into the believer’s mind; that is, Christ changes the believer’s mind to focus upon God. In addition, He stamps His image upon the person. Whereas the believer’s mind and image used to be centered upon the world, they are now centered upon spiritual matters. The believer’s mind and image are renewed, changed, turned around, and regenerated to focus upon God. However, it is critical to remember that only Christ can renew the human mind and image. Only Christ can implant the mind and image of Christ within a person. Only Christ can give His thoughts and the spirit to live out His thoughts to a person.

3) The believer is to live a transformed life; that is, he is to walk day by day renewing his mind more and more. He is to allow the Spirit of Christ (the Holy Spirit) to focus his mind more and more upon God and spiritual things.

⇒ The believer is to love the Lord with all his mind.

“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Mt. 22:37).

⇒ The believer is to keep his mind upon spiritual things, not carnal things.

“For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace” (Ro. 8:5–6).

⇒ The believer is to cast down imaginations and every thought that interrupts his knowledge of God and to captivate every thought for Christ.

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Co. 10:3–5).

⇒ The believer is not to let his mind be corrupted.

“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (2 Co. 11:3).

⇒ The believer is not to fulfill the desires of the flesh and of the mind.

“Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others” (Ep. 2:3).

⇒ The believer is not to walk as the world walks, in the vanity of their mind.

“This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind” (Ep. 4:17).

⇒ The believer is to be renewed in the spirit of his mind.

“And be renewed in the spirit of your mind” (Ep. 4:23).

⇒ The believer is to let the mind of Christ be in him by walking humbly before God and men.

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Ph. 2:5).

⇒ The believer is to think only upon the things of praise and virtue.

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Ph. 4:8).

⇒ The believer is to live by the laws of God which God has put into his mind.

“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people” (He. 8:10).

⇒ The believer is to arm himself with the same mind as Christ in bearing suffering.

“Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin” (1 Pe. 4:1).

b. The reason why the believer is to be transformed is extremely significant. The believer must prove (dokimazo) the will of God. The word prove means both to find and to follow God’s will. This is certainly understandable. If a person’s mind is not renewed and focused upon God …

• How can the person ever find or discover or know the will of God?

• How can the person ever follow or obey or do the will of God?

The only conceivable way a person can ever find and follow God’s will is to focus and keep his mind upon God and upon the things of God.

Note also how the will of God is described. Meditating upon the threefold description stirs a person to crave after God’s will. God’s will is said to be …

• good (agathon): beneficial, rich, bountiful, suitable, moral

• acceptable (euareston): pleasing, satisfactory, welcomed

• perfect (teleion): without error or mistake, flawless, complete, absolute, free from any need, short of nothing, completely fulfilled

In summary, victory over the world is gained by the believer’s renewing his mind more and more. The believer must focus his mind upon God and the things of God. He must …

• focus His mind upon living and moving and having his being in God

• learn to concentrate upon God and the things of God

• mentally practice the presence of God

Very practically, the believer must do exactly what Scripture says. Note the clarity and life-changing instructions in these passages. What an enormous impact is made upon lives when they actually follow the Word of God in these instructions!

He gave us power to unlock hidden potential

Proverbs 20:17 NKJV
Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.
Proverbs 20:27 NKJV
The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord, Searching all the inner depths of his heart.
proverbs
But as many as received Him, to them gave He
But as many as received Him, to them gave He
But as many as received Him, to them gave He
But as many as received Him, to them gave He
The source of the power is in Jesus ! In Jesus omnipotent power moved in a human arm. In Jesus divine love thrived in a human heart. In Jesus divine wisdom was cradled in a human brain. In Jesus divine compassion glowed in human eyes. In Jesus divine grace poured from human lips. Only when we are weary from trying to unlock our own resources do we come to the Lord, receive Him, and allow Him to release in us the power to become whatever we need to be.
Romans 12:1 NKJV
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
John 1:10–11 NKJV
He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.
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Not everyone rejected Christ. Some responded, and the result is astounding: “to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (v. 12). That statement is incredible. It is incomprehensible that God, the Creator of all things, the One who upholds all things by the word of his power, should enable me, one who has rejected him, to become his child. We need to hold this New Testament teaching close to our heart at all costs. We need to marvel not only at the greatness of Christ but the absurdity of his love to us.
12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
Being God’s “children” (v. 13) means we can call God Father. More specifically, we can address him as “Abba, Father” or “dearest Father.” We can call God, if we do not say it flippantly, Daddy. That is what my children called me long ago when they toddled to the front door and I took them in my arms. It is what they called me when they were hurting. It is the word my girls used when they wanted something from me. Calling God Daddy is a precious privilege. And before Jesus came, it just was not possible.
12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:

Salvation is the power to become what God says you are!

Hughes, R. K. (1999). John: that you may believe (p. 27). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Salvation is the power to become what God says you are!

For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Living Bible
For from the very beginning God decided that those who came to him--and all along he knew who would--should become like his Son, so that his Son would be the First, with many brothers.
Salvation has three aspects; past present and future.

The Grace to stand in difficult situations

Problems are not really problems to a person that has been given the grace to serve in a particular area
King James
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

The power to rise above his circumstances

I am a transformer

Do not be conformed to this world

I am a transformer

I in Christ I have the power to change

In Christ I have the right to live a brand new life

Conclusion

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