How to Transform Your Life
September 22, 2022
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2 NLT
Have you ever noticed how things are often exactly opposite of the way we think they would be? Like sometimes people think they can’t save any money because they don’t have enough. Financial experts say you must start where you are. When you learn to save money when you have “no money,” you will end up eventually amassing more than you would think.
Romans 12:2 is a bit like that. People tend to believe that when we give our lives to Jesus, He transforms our lives, then our minds are renewed. In reality it is the opposite. Paul tells us here that renewing our minds comes first, and a transformed life flows from that. You and I must choose to renew our minds, then incredible transformation will follow from our faithfulness.
Stop expecting a miraculous moment to happen. Stop thinking you will wake up with your mind suddenly changed and your life transformed. It will never happen that way. You must empty your mind of current chaos by filling it with God’s wisdom and Word. If you stop blaming the things that have happened to you for your negative thinking and begin choosing to fill your mind with His Word and thoughts, you will see God working in your life powerfully. Reject the idea that you cannot control your thoughts. God consistently tells us how to think and what to think about (Philippians 4:8, Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1:2). Clearly, He expects us to choose and control our thoughts, not allow them to bully us. He would not command us to do something that’s not possible. As you spend time in prayer, connecting with the Holy Spirit and allowing Him to illuminate God’s Word to you, your spirit will grow stronger and stronger. Your mind will be increasingly controlled by the Holy Spirit living within you.
You don’t need to think negative thoughts very long for them to harden like cement and become a mindset. Again, God tells us that our words bring things to life or put them to death (Proverbs 18:21). Don’t speak the ugly things you feel. It brings them to life and kills the good things! Speak God’s truth and word. That’s how Jesus Himself defeated Satan. He spoke the truth of God’s Word to Satan’s lies, and Satan had to leave Him (Matthew 4:1-11).
Celebrate the fact that God is changing you. Don’t compare where you are with anyone else’s life. God is doing something great! You aren’t where you want to be yet, but you aren’t where you were, either. Expect God to finish what He started in you. He promises He will (Philippians 1:6). It’s going to be good.
- Holy Spirit, I believe You are working in my life at this very moment. Help me accept Your truth as my authority and direction and believe every good word. I want my reality to match Your truth. Amen.