“Ingredients of change”
Rom 12:1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of god is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
CONFORMED MEANS; TO FASHION ALIKE, TO CONFORM TO THE SAME PATTERN
transformed – Grk metamorphoo – to change into another form, transfigure
2 Cor 10:3-5 We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ.
God’s thoughts will transform you… shape you
Ps 1:1 How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.
a word – is a thought expressed;
Ps 139:1O Lord, you have searched me and known me. 2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. 3 You scrutinize my path and my lying down, and are intimately acquainted with all my ways. 4 even before there is a word on my tongue, behold, o lord, you know it all.
GOD’S THOUGHTS ARE EXPRESSED IN AND THROUGH HIS WORD.
NLT Heb 1:3 The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses (IMAGE) the very character of god, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command.
2 Cor 3:16 But whenever a person turns to the lord (Word), the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (James 1:25 perfect law, law of liberty)
18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.
THE THOUGHTS OF TRUTH ARE THE INGREDIENTS OF CHANGE!
Eph 4:22 that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, 23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and put on the new self, which in the likeness of god has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. (Col 3:10)
2 Cor 4:3 and even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
Gen 6:5 Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent (IMAGINATION) of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
(THOUGHT; TO WEAVE, TO FABRICATE)
(IMAGINATION; TO MOLD INTO A FORM, TO SQUEEZ INTO A SHAPE
A THOUGHT IS A SHAPER, A SPIRIT SUBSTANCE THAT SHAPES…
Rom 12:2 “Don’t be conformed but be transformed…”
we become what we behold!
the word – mixed with faith has power to shape!
Acts 14:7 And there they continued to preach the gospel. At lystra a man was sitting who had no strength in his feet, lame from his mother’s womb, who had never walked. This man was listening to Paul as he spoke, who, when he had fixed his gaze on him and had seen that he had faith to be made well, said with a loud voice, “stand upright on your feet.” And he leaped up and began to walk.