Monday, 18 January 2016

Be Ye Transformed

Be Ye Transformed

Scripture: Roman 12 v 1-2:
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 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."

There are two objectives in this passage for every Christian to aspire to: present your body as a living sacrifice and be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Perhaps you may believe that those goals are for apostles, prophets and pastors, not for the flock.

You would be wrong to think that because we are a kingdom of priests and we all have our allotted tasks and role to play in this lifetime. For God to achieve His will in us He needs our co-operation. He has superior knowledge and ability which can only work if we submit to Him and simultaneously refrain from interfering.

That is what being a living sacrifice means. You give your life to God and let God run it His way. All day, everyday, under His full control. The death of Jesus brought us back to life, so we should be eternally grateful and willing to do anything to repay that awesome miracle. Somehow we believe that God should be grateful that we accepted Jesus as our Lord.  Like we did Him a favour!

Without Jesus' life, death and resurrection we would be doomed without hope to eternity in the unquenchable fire of Hell. There is no other name, no other way, by which we can be saved. No religion, philosophy, belief system, can give mankind anything like eternal salvation in Heaven. Jesus created us, lost us to the con of Satan, bought us back with His own sinless life and many still blaspheme His all-powerful name.

We definitely must renew our minds! Our minds have had many years of conforming to the world and its many evils. Our minds became the Devil's playground. The master of deception plays continuous mindgames upon those who know no other way. He lures the unwary into dark places where drugs, sex, booze, witchcraft and slavery are his traps to bring misery upon those souls that follow his lies.

He starts on the minds of the very young through specially appointed TV shows which project images into the imaginations of those who cannot discern hidden evil. "Innocent" TV programmes like Gummy Bears and My Little Pony taught children that there was a power outside themselves that could make them strong. Gummy berry juice and bits of broken off rainbow gave them extraordinary power.

Those same children were programmed by Satan to believe in a drug culture, and they have no resistance to it. Its a doorway to misery and death for millions of addicts, alcoholics, sex slaves, witches. They are caught up in the hopeless web of deceit unless Jesus sets them free.

However, they cannot be truly free until they are transformed by renewing their minds to the perfect will of our Father in heaven. It wipes out the false program traps and resets their minds to righteous rather than riotous living. It takes time and patience to rebuild shattered minds but there are less relapses if you are co-operating with Jesus.

During the 1990's a survey was done to compare the various drug rehabilitation centres in the USA for the number of addicts still drug free after 5 years. Most of them showed a figure between 5 and 20%. One stood out, Teen Challenge, a Christian rehab in New York started by David Wilkerson. They achieved 95% of the addicts being still free 5 years later. Jesus makes the difference.

He pours out His peace, blessings, love, joy and life upon us all. It transforms our lives into new creations translated out of darkness, sin and death into the glorious liberty of His Kingdom. We owe Him our lives because He overturned our death sentence by dying in our place.

How can we ever repay Him? By becoming a living sacrifice, yielded to His wonderful purpose to save the rest of mankind. Stop turning away from people you cannot imagine would want to know Jesus. They have been conned like you were. They need Him just as much as you did. Your lights are on to show them the way home.

Be transformed by renewing your minds by reading the Word of God and overriding error with truth. There is a strong anointing on every word in the Bible to transform the lives of those who study it and do what it says. It has answers for every situation the world has flung you into. That's why false religions burn Bibles and stop people speaking the name of Jesus. It changes people's lives forever.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, today I know myself and see what I must do to be changed from the fear of this world to the joy of Your kingdom. I will humbly submit to Your will for me and pray You can use me to bring others into the light. In Jesus' name. Amen.