“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.”
Romans 12:2, NKJV (Emphasis added)
One of my favourite types of programmes to watch is weightloss shows; the kind where people achieve rediculous results. My favourite part is the finale, where they show the “Before” and “After” pictures. Seeing these incredible transformations is always awe inspiring.
Following the journey of the contestants so closely, for however long it took them to get to the finishing line, almost makes you feel like you have battled it through with them. You have seen the blood, sweat and tears that brought them this incredible change. Recently, I have looked some of them up to see if they are still their new swanky selves. And it was heartbreaking to see how some of them had put most of the weight back on.
Short term results are not that difficult to achieve, but lasting change requires a whole different strategy. In order to have kept up a new physical image, they would have had to renew their minds and attitudes to food and fitness. A completely new lifestyle needs to be adopted to affect long term success. This might be stating the obvious, and even sound a little hypocritical. I am far too familiar with this struggle to be pointing fingers at anyone. I’m simply trying to use this as an example of our spiritual health.
“Consistency is the key to change.”Terri Savelle Foy
“…be transformed by the renewing of your mind…”
Consistency is also important when it comes to our spiritual health. We are changed as we align our thinking and our attitudes with the Word of God. But spending time acquiring knowledge does not automatically guarantee transformation. I can attest to this; after a year of full time Bible School, I quit in frustration, because what I needed wasn’t more knowledge. I needed release from depression. I needed to break out of a life controlling habit.
There was something I missed in the transformation equation. I used to think that Information + Revelation = Transformation, but I missed a variable that makes all the difference: Application!
Information + Revelation x Application = Transformation.
Renewing your mind is not just reading the Word, gaining more information isn’t enough. Even revelation can’t bring about the change without our engagement in it. We need to apply what we read; running it through The Faith Engine (see previous blog, 27 December 2019). That is how we feed ourselves on the Word.
Proving God’s perfect will for you!
There is a promise attached to this instruction to renew our minds; as you allow the word to take root in your heart and bring lasting change, you are transformed into the very person God created you to be.
There is a good, pleasing and perfect will of God for each of our lives. What is interesting to me is that the simple existence of a perfect will, does not guarantee that it will happen by default. I need to align myself with his will. If I do my part, which is renewing my mind, he will do his part, which is the transforming part. It is as I transform, that his will for my life is established and proved.
Often, I have witnessed a disconnect what I know God’s will for my life, and my experience of reality. Perhaps there is still work to be done on my part, to line up my mind and attitudes with his heart. With his plan. That is how I prove his will.
This is not an easy topic to blog about, because it is very close to my heart. I have struggled with weight loss and destructive eating habits my whole life, and there’s nothing I long more for, than complete freedom in this area. Watching everyone start their new years resolutions, jumping on a new diet and hitting the gym, I am so tempted to go back to old solutions.
One thing that I have learned after years of trying to bring about change by myself is that I can’t do it. I need the transforming power of the Word to make it work. I am still learning, and after a great setback last year it’s very real and raw at the minute. But, having experienced freedom in other areas of my life, I know that complete freedom is possible and if I continue in the Word, I will get there.
It is in you to fly!
This morning, I was reminded about a cartoon I used watched with my daughter when she was toddling around the house: “Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom”. There is an episode where Betty Caterpillar is sad, because her ladybird and bee-friends are flying around the garden, and she is stuck on the ground.
Hilarity ensues as Ben and Holly tries all kinds of tricks and magic to help the caterpillar fly, but Betty is only traumatised by their kind efforts. Thankfully King Thistle stepped in to explain that Betty does not have to worry, because she would fly soon enough. It is wired into her DNA. She only have to keep feeding on the lovely green leaves around her, and go through the next phase of metamorphosis. Sure enough, a day later, Ben and Holly come across a cocoon and there emerges Betty Butterfly!
(If you want, you can watch the episode here.)
It can be quite disheartening when I don’t see the immediate results I am hoping for, but it gives me such strength and encouragement when I remember that it is in me to fly. I am wired to overcome. I just need to keep renewing my mind. I just need to keep working on the transformation equation.
My prayer is Psalm 143:10: “Teach me to do Your will [so that I may please You], For You are my God; Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” (AMP)
Today, I declare that it is in me to fly. As I align my thinking and my attitude with the Truth, I am being changed from glory to glory; into the image of my God, who created me.
I hear the Father’s encouraging voice: “My Beautiful Child, I have given you all you need for life and godliness. Come and discover who I am and what I have done for you; the freedom I have made available to you. Walk with me, then we will run, and soon we will fly. Stay in step with me, and you will walk into every blessing I have provided. This is your birth right. And I will help you. Because I love you.” ❤