TO THE BIBLE: Romans 12:2 AMP
“Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].”
“I’m born again, and I’ve received the Holy Spirit, but I find myself doing the wrong things as a result of negative thoughts in my mind,” a young man said to me. I could understand his dilemma, because this is an experience every believer has had at some point in their Christian walk.
When you were born into this world, you certainly didn’t start walking immediately, did you? You had to first learn to sit and crawl. Then you began to totter around, until you eventually started walking with some firmness in your steps. Each of these phases of development took some time. Even though you were fully human at birth, you couldn’t do many things humans do until you became mature enough.
It’s the same way with the Christian life. When you’re born again, you’re like a baby, and you must “grow up” spiritually before you can exhibit certain attributes of your new nature. And this takes time. Until you gave your heart to Christ, your body had been trained to yield to your human senses, and your spirit had been subject to their control. Now that you’re born again, the life of God is in you, and a transformation is taking place in your mind. That’s the reason you feel bad whenever you do something inconsistent with the Word; it’s a sign that you’re now a child of God. So, give yourself to this metamorphosis by meditating more on God’s Word. Start yielding yourself to the leading of your re-created human spirit rather than the dictates of your flesh.
Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for the revelation of your Word in my spirit. I give myself fully to its influence. Your Word is gaining dominion over my body, senses and spirit, and I’m living to your glory, in Jesus’ Name. Amen!
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