Our Transformation

Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in Romans chapter 12:

1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

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

Renewing our mind takes time and commitment.  We must purpose to gain understanding when we read The Word and seek out the various facets contained in each topic given to us for instruction.  In Matthew chapter 13, Jesus likened The Word to a seed:

23 “But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the Word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”

Contained in this parable is an unqualified expectation of producing good fruit, but the key to this fruit is understanding.  Understanding The Word causes our thinking to change and that is the transformation we should be seeking.  If you casually pursue The Word, your transformation will take longer and you will simply produce less good fruit.  If you maintain a consistent, daily focus on renewing your mind, you will reap a greater harvest.

I believe that if a person spends more time in the Old Covenant versus the New Covenant, their thinking will move toward the attributes associated with the Law and that will be the fruit produced in their lives.  They will be more legalistic and be “conditional works” oriented.  They must go out and do things in order to get FATHER to respond.  On the other hand, Agape Love initiates actions to benefit mankind and we see this in John chapter 3 when the Beloved Disciple wrote by THE SPIRIT:

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Did the Sadducees and the Pharisees pray for this to occur?  No, they didn’t even recognize Our Lord and Savior when He was standing in their midst.  FATHER initiated the act of Love in spite of the blindness of those who were teaching the masses.  Jesus began planting The Word in the earth and those seeds continue to this day, producing good fruit in spite of all the attempts to remove It by the enemy of Christ.

I believe these daily writing are to assist us in the transformation of our minds.  I also believe that the best writings are those which have the Divine Intent of Love as the motivation.  Otherwise, the legalistic aspects of the Old Testament will tend to creep in and promote faith and works without the intent of Love.  Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in Galatians chapter 5:

1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

2 Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing.

3 And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law.

4 You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.

The bondage of the Law required circumcision to be acceptable, but  Christ removed the yoke of bondage.  Paul further states:

5 For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.

You can either be law-oriented or Love-oriented, but it will be determined by where you place your emphasis and what teachers you listen to in your pursuit of renewing your mind.  I choose to renew my mind in the areas associated with Agape Love.  Love contains the greatest power to transform.

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