“Power to shape”
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
Be transformed –Grk metamorphoo
2 Cor 10:5 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.
2 Cor 3:16 But whenever a person turns to the lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
THE THOUGHTS OF TRUTH ARE THE INGREDIENTS OF CHANGE!
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.
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 put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the one who created him
THERE IS A FORCE AT WORK TO HINDER GOD’S PLAN – THE ENEMY
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.
DARKNESS BREADS DARK THOUGHTS, WRONG THOUGHTS, DESTRUCTIVE THOUGHTS, TOXIC THOUGHTS… & IT AFFECTS EVERYTHING FROM ATTITUDES TO ATMOSPHERES…
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 SPIRITUAL FORM THAT SHAPES… IT’S A SUBSTANCE
GOD IS THE POTTER AND HE USES HIS WORD TO SHAPE US…
Eph 1:4 “he chose (saw) us in him before the foundation of the world”
WE EXISTED IN HIM BEFORE WE EXISTED OUT HERE!
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.