Transformation 33 Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God - what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect ~ Romans 12:2. Through the word, our minds are renewed. God uses the word to transform us which in turn helps us to become the people He created us to be. We cannot rediscover ourselves with our carnal minds. If our minds are carnal, or worldly, then everything about us follows that same worldly pattern. The ways of the world are limiting, manipulative, oppressive and deceptive. This means unless our minds are transformed, our lives remain the same. We keep gauging ourselves with the standards of the world, seeing ourselves through the eyes of the world and doing things the worldly way. Our minds remain focused on the world. This is because the carnal mind always assumes control as long as it remains unchanged. Our minds are the battlefield and when they are filled with the wrong stuff, it becomes a loophole for the enemy to attack us. The only way to counterattack him is through meditating on the word of God. Gods word is true knowledge of Him, His ways and character. It's through the word that we learn more about Him, His great plans and His perfect will for us. He has the best interest at heart for all of us. He loves us and always wants to give us the best, but how can He manifest His plans for us when we dont even want to know His mind? It is going to be hard for us if we continue to ignore His word. Through this same word, we receive God's instructions. It's a revelation of who really God is and who we are in Him. It's like water that
Transformation 34 cleanses us of all worldly stuff - every form of deception, unbelief, doubts and wrong perception about God and us. We must therefore love the word, study and learn it because it is a precious treasure and should always be respected and honored. For, although we are in the flesh, we do not battle according to the flesh, for the weapons of our battle are not of flesh but are enormously powerful, capable of destroying fortresses. We destroy arguments and every pretension raising itself against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive in obedience to Christ ... (2 Corinthians 10:3-5). According to the above scripture, Satan seeks to build strongholds in our minds – strongholds are lies that are believed. A person who believes a lie is deceived. When an individual believes that wrong is right, he has fallen into deception. Satan works through deception, but the knowledge of the Word is the believers defense and victory. According to Joyce Meyer in her book The Word, the Name, the Blood, a believer who knows the truth is a major defeat to Satan. The Devils work in the life of a believer is based upon deception. Deception is as a result of lies that are believed. The Bible calls Him the father of lies and so you can be sure that whatever he comes telling you is a lie. Jesus says in John that if you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free. >>> We must therefore love the word, study and learn it because it is a precious treasure and should always be respected and honored.