Are You Ready for Transformation? (Bible Study Section)

I know you have all heard me speak of my upcoming book, Are You Ready for Transformation? It’s All In Your Mind. Originally, I had planned to have the book ready for publication this month; however, unforeseen circumstances have delayed me a bit.  I do promise to have this ready in October.

The first ten chapters of the book discuss various types of thinking while the last ten chapters go into an in-depth Bible study of chapters one through ten.  Today, I am posting chapter eleven here.  It is a Bible study for chapter one.  It is my hope that you enjoy this reading and study, and I hope you will consider purchasing the book once it is available for publication.

 

Chapter 11 (Bible Study for Chapter 1: It Is in Your Mind)

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Thank you for finishing chapters 1-10.  If you are with me in this chapter, you are serious about your transformation.  The following chapters will correspond with chapters 1-10.  You may or may not need to refer back to chapter readings.

Now that you have read about the various types of thinking that we often deal with, it is time to work on the transformation of your thinking.  In chapter 1, I stated that the mind is different from the brain.  Your mind is a part of your soul.  You process both natural and spiritual matters here.

Turn to Romans 12:2 and read our theme verse from your favorite Bible translation.  Write the verse on the following lines.  After writing the verse, please record the Bible translation you are writing from. (I have a reason for this.)

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Thank you for humoring me.  I will explain at the end of today’s lesson the reason for writing your translation choice.

Now, back to Romans 12:2.  First, we are instructed to avoid being conformed to the world.  When the Bible refers to the world in this sense, scripture is not referring to the earth.  The Bible is referring to the system of the world.  Sadly, many people are controlled by Satan or their own fleshly desires.  Most do not even realize this.  The world system is predominately evil.  Now, I am not saying that everyone in the world is evil. I am simply saying that the overall world system (government, secular entertainment, etc.) is not surrendered to the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Let’s look at the word “conformed”.  Most translations use the word “conformed” in this text. Some of the other wording might be different though.  If you have a translation that does not use the word “conformed”, I truly would like to know what version you are using simply out of curiosity.

Use an online dictionary to look up the word “conformed”.  Write a brief definition in the following lines.

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Now, we will look at Strong’s definition from the Greek text.  If you ever wish to look up word meanings, you can go to www.blueletterbible.org and use the free resources which includes Bible dictionaries, commentaries, and lexicons.

The Greek word for “conformed” is “syschēmatizō” meaning “to fashion or shape one thing like another.”  We are not to be fashioned like the world.  We are to be different from the world. It is sad to say that many Christian people blend in with the world, so, unbelievers often are unable to see Christ in many Christians.

What do the following verses say about the way we are to conduct ourselves?

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Now, let’s look at the words “transformed” and “renewing”.  Look up these words in an online dictionary or hard copy if you have one.  Write the words with their definitions on the following lines.

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The Greek word for “transformed” is “metamorphoō” meaning to change to another form, or to transfigure.  The root word for transformed is the root for metamorphosis which describes the process of a caterpillar as it is changing to a butterfly.  The Greek word for transfigure was the used in Matthew 17:2 when Jesus was transfigured before His disciples.  Therefore, the transformation our minds go through is powerful.  Take a few moments to visit Matthew 17: 1-8.

The change that will come to our minds after continual renewing is not to be taken lightly.  It is a powerful transformation.  When we yield to the Holy Spirit, we can think with the mind of Christ.  That is some truly transformed thinking!

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In conclusion, we will look at the word “renewing”.  If your translation uses a slightly different word, the Greek is still the same so have no worries.  The Greek word for “renewing” is “anakainōsis” meaning “renovation, a complete change for the better.”  When a house is renovated, old items are replaced with new ones.  When your mind is renewed, your old way of thinking is totally replaced with God’s way of thinking.

I don’t know about you, but I get excited when I think about the change of thinking that we can undergo through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Renovation takes work.  It can be painful as old mindsets are torn down, but the pain is worth the victory.

Write a brief prayer in the space below asking God to help you as you prepare to renovate your mind and tear down what is not of God and wallpaper your mind with what is of God.

 

A Weak Mind Versus the Mind of Christ

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The following is a portion of my book, Overcomer, that will be published in September:

 What in the world does it mean to have a weak mind?  To be weak-minded in biblical terms can have a vast array of meanings some of which will be discussed in this chapter.  Any Christian can be capable of having a weak mind, just as we can become weak spiritually, or even physically.

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To have a weak mind is not to insult one’s natural intelligence.  To fail to allow yourself to be transformed by the renewing of the mind is a sure way to become weak-minded.  To allow any thought to go unguarded leads to a path of great destruction.  Victory or defeat begins in the mind.  Attitude, positive or negative, begins in the mind.  Adultery begins in the mind.  Coveting begins in the mind.  Do I need to go on?  I think you get the point.

James 1:8 speaks of being double minded, or wavering.  The context was speaking of asking God for wisdom then doubting that He would give it to you.  The Children of Israel wavered back and forth between doubt and belief when they were in the wilderness after having left slavery in Egypt.  It cost some of them their lives, or at best, not being able to enter the Promised Land.  What is your wavering mind costing you?

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My Own Wavering Mind

When I graduated from college with my Bachelors’ Degree in Education, I believed God for a job to come quickly.  Instead of enjoying the summer, I spent it worrying about working.  During the middle of the summer, I got a job at one of the schools I in which I completed my Student Teaching.  It seemed the perfect job!  It was an English-teaching job!  The only drawback was that I would have to travel forty-five minutes one way.  A few weeks after accepting this job, another teaching job came open at the school my children attended, which was only a five-minute drive. If I got the job, I would be teaching Kindergarten.  I prayed fervently about this decision, and even decided I wanted the job, but I procrastinated when I realized I needed to notify the Principal at the other school.  Why was I putting this off?  Although God was leading me to bid on the job at the school closest to my home, I did not want to forfeit the other job.  I wanted to keep my eggs in two baskets so to speak.  I wanted to have my cake and eat it too.  I wanted to have my way, yet I wanted to trust God.  I was being weak-minded, or double-minded.  I was unstable!

Despite my wavering, God worked in the situation for me to have the job closest to home.  My husband and children were happy, and at last, I was happy.  I was only ashamed that I had not trusted God more fully.  Thankfully, He is merciful!

How can one overcome a weak and wavering mind?  If you said that we need to be transformed by the renewing of the mind, you would be correct.  Romans 12:2 covers a vast array of mind issues.

You Can Overcome!

If your mind is wavering with doubt, unbelief, or you are just going back and forth on any issue, it is time to remember that God is not the author of confusion but of peace (1 Corinthians 14:33).  It is time to evaluate your thoughts on certain issues and ask God what His thoughts are concerning it.  He will guide you if you will wait on Him.  You might not receive the answer, immediately, but accept His peace and trust that He will lead you to the answer when the time is right.  Often God does not reveal certain things until He knows you are ready.  If you are simply doubting God Himself, confess this to Him and ask Him to help your unbelief (Mark 9:24).

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The following is an example of how you could pray when faced with a weak, wavering mind:   “Father, I know You are not the author of confusion.  The wavering I am leaning to is not of you.  I confess any unbelief to You, ask You to forgive me, and help me overcome this.  I am more than a conqueror in You.  I receive Your peace right now, and I tell my doubts to be gone in the name of Jesus!”

Once you have went to the Lord, you must replace your doubtful thinking with thoughts of faith.  You might have to stay in the scriptures for a while or listen to a praise and worship song.  You can even engage in an activity that you enjoy such as reading a good, clean book, or playing a game with your family.  There are other activities you can be involved in to keep your mind from drifting to thoughts that weaken.

Our loving Father understands that we are human, but we must deal with wavering and double-mindedness immediately and allow Him to transform our thinking.  Nothing is impossible with Him, even the strengthening of our weak minds.

What about you?  Do you go back and forth on certain issues?  Are you confused?  Are you in doubt about what God can do?  You can renew your mind and be totally transformed!