Friday, July 25, 2014

God's Transforming Power

God’s Transforming Power

2 Peter 1:3
  According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

Romans 12:2
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

God has given to us everything we need to know about life and godliness in His Word. This is a strengthening form of power, an intimate knowledge of God which our faith is built upon. Our Lord wants us to know and understand that He is sovereign over every situation, and that sin’s power must be diffused. None of us can overcome sin’s power by simply renouncing it; telling sin to go away. To simply determine not to think wrong thoughts or not to do sinful acts, will only reinforce them in our mind. Sinful habits are broken by replacing them with the Word of God. True freedom comes when we fill our mind with God’s thoughts. The renewing of the mind occurs through the Holy Spirit’s transforming power and consistent study and meditation of Scripture.

We must identify the harmful thoughts and actions we struggle with and know we have all the spiritual equipment we need to track down every thought and destroy the strongholds that can destroy us. “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: ( For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, [of the flesh] but mighty [divinely powerful] 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 Corinthians 10:3-5). 

Thinking in generalities is not good when dealing with fantasies, imaginations, speculations, or attitudes. Identifying specific harmful thoughts through the truth of the Word of God is the weapon we need to use to destroy the fortresses formed in our mind. This is true spiritual warfare. Believers are not instructed in the NT to assault demons or Satan, but we are instructed to attack error with truth. That is our battle strategy. Declaring war on our thought life means we must set time aside to begin our plan of attack. We need to memorize Scripture that deals directly with our specific sinful thought patterns. We need to pray that God will help us to resolve to choose Him, rather than the sin. This is using God’s artillery correctly and to our advantage.

How does God’s Word transform your life? Through the Gospel of Christ, the transforming power of God sets your sinful, captive soul, free. He gives you hope in knowing you can do all things through Christ which strengthens you (Philippians 4:13). The confidence to realize nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37), and that all things work together for good to those that love God, to those who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). You need to consciously commit your mind, opportunities, and time to Christ and thank Him for the life He has so graciously given you.  

Thought: The more we meditate on the Word, the more clearly we see areas of our lives that need to be changed. Do not be discouraged by the frequency of the same temptations. If you have lived a long time with sinful thought patterns, the strongholds of your imagination will not be so easily brought down. You must realize that you are not merely confronting yourself, but the  forces of evil as well. Satan’s most used weapon against you is discouragement. “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36).

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