Perhaps I should explain why I have not yet published the book I was promoting. The title of the book is Are You Ready for Transformation (It’s All in Your Mind). As a practical guide to renewing the mind, I want the Holy Spirit to guide me through the process. In my rush to complete the book, I found myself running off without Him. That will never do.
At this time in my life, I am experiencing some great transformation spiritually, personally, and in my career. I am excited about these changes although I can get a bit apprehensive. Why? I am stepping out of my comfort zone.
Areas of Struggle
One of the areas of my life in which I struggle is with my weight. Since my late teens, I have been on one diet or another. When I was not dieting, I was going on complete binges. This type of yo-yo method is not healthy and can mess with the metabolism.
The Lord began speaking to me about my weight. I am following His leading, and I would love your prayers. He is teaching me how to keep the pursuit of weight loss in balance, allowing Him to heal areas that led me to overeating in the first place. However, the pursuit of weight loss must not become an idol in my life. If I am not careful, I tend to pursue the blessing rather than the God giving the blessing. Can you relate?
Giving Up Control
By nature, I have a type A personality. I feel the need to be in control. Part of that control is feeling that I have to do everything asked of me to show my capability. When I surrendered my control to God’s control, I found that I can say “no” when I need to. I do not have to do everything someone asks of me. If I need to, I can politely refuse. Jesus did not travel to every town. He did not give in to the wishes of everyone around Him when those wishes contradicted the will of the Father. (Balance alert: While I do not need to do everything asked of me, I do need to consider the needs of others which, at times, can bring inconvenience.)
Leaving the Comfort Zone
Due to loving control, I have a certain zone I prefer to stay in. If that zone were God’s will, then it would be fine. However, it is my own desire. It had to be surrendered to God because wanting to remain comfortable was keeping me from the transformation I needed. Understanding that God’s ways were higher than mine liberated me to allow Him to lead and guide my steps.
Are You Ready for Transformation will be out when I know God’s timing is right, not mine. The transformations that I have been undergoing will be discussed along with scriptures that the Lord led me to. I am willing to wait because I know it will be better and the annointing of the Holy Spirit will be more evident when I rely on God and give Him the glory.
What about you?
Are you undergoing transformation by the leading of the Lord? Remember our transformation comes by renewing our minds. If you belong to Christ, you have the mind of Christ. Using the mind He has given us will cause us to tap into realms of glory that we have never before experienced.
Trust the process that the Lord is taking you through. The end result is worth the means. God loves you, and His plan is to give you more abundant life.
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)
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.)
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.
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.
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?
Matthew 5:13-16 ________________________________________________
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!
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.
Currently, I am working on a new book entitled: Are You Ready for Transformation? The subtitle is It’s All in Your Mind. The book will be ready in September. Prayers are appreciated that I am obedient to the Holy Spirit in writing.
Have you ever heard someone say, “It’s all in your mind”? This can be annoying depending on the nature of your problem. Surprisingly, the fact is that in many cases, it is true. No, that does not mean you are crazy. It simply means that many of our battles are either won or lost in our minds.
Change Your Thinking
Often, the changes we wish to see can only come about when we change the way we think about the situation. If I want to change the way I feel, most likely, I need to change the way I think. Many of you reading this post might ask me if that is truly possible. According to the Bible, it is totally possible. In fact, we are commanded to do just that when our thinking patterns do not line up with the Word of God.
Romans 12:2 states that we are transformed by the renewing of our mind so we can live out God’s will in our lives. I find it interesting and not at all a coincidence that we are instructed in verse 2 to renew our minds after being told in verse 1 to offer our bodies as living sacrifices to the Lord. Such a feat could only be accomplished through changing your thinking.
What Needs to Change in Your Life?
Everyone has weaknesses and faults that they have to address in some way. Everyone has situations they would love to be able to handle in a more effective way. It will not happen until you change the way you think about the given situation. For example, if I am angry at a co-worker, yet I know I need to forgive this person, I will be unable to do so until I change the way I think about the situation. In order to make this change, I need to know what God’s word says about forgiveness. Once I am familiar with scriptures concerning forgiveness, I put those into my mind and allow the transformation process to work. God’s word says that I must forgive as Christ forgave me. I would remind myself that Christ forgave me for so much more than what I must forgive my co-worker. Next, I would repeat the process with other scriptures until my thinking is changed.
Taking time to journal through the process helps in two ways. It helps the process as I am going through it, and it serves as a good reference should I face the problem again. Barb Raveling has a process that she calls Truth Journaling. It works very well. Visit her website for further details.
I realize that this sounds like a great deal of work. Truthfully, it is, but if you desire the change strongly enough, you will be willing to do the work. True change comes from within, within your mind, that is. Being transformed by the renewing of your mind will not happen overnight or through trying the process once. It is a process that is ongoing, and it will take time as well as patience. However, it is worth all the work. Most of all, it is worth giving God the praise when the work is done.
Disclaimer: If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, your mind cannot be renewed until you come into a relationship with Him. Romans 10:9-10 states that if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. With the heart, you believe resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth you confess, resulting in salvation.