Do you know God has more for you than you're experiencing? If you’re like most Christians I've met, you answered " yes." The reason why is because none of us have reached our full potential. We all need to keep pursuing the things of God. John 10:10 says (emphasis mine):
"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly".
Some translations say life "to its fullest." Yet, the average Christian is living way below what God intended for them, and they don't know how to go from where they are to where they need to be. Instead, they spend a lot of time praying, fasting, and begging God for change. They're waiting on Him to do something.
That's not the way the Scriptures teach us to change. God has a system of change, and unlike the world's system, it's supposed to be effortless. People hear the term "effortless change" and think it's impossible.
"With God all things are possible" (Matt. 19 :26).
Many believe that change has to be traumatic and painful. However, Mark 4 shows us that a seed doesn't travail or groan to change and produce fruit. It's the nature of the seed to grow into a tree and then produce fruit. In the same way, God's Word will change our lives for the better, effortlessly. It's the nature of God's Word to bring about change within us.
The verses the Lord used to transform my life back in 1968 were Romans 12:1-2 (emphasis mine):
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.
Notice that verse 2 in particular says, "And be not conformed to this world." The word conform means to be poured into the mould of something. Life is like a furnace, and your experiences are going to have an impact on you. They will melt you, but you get to pick which mould you fit into. The same things could happen to two different people, and yet one could choose to become better, while the other chooses to become bitter.
During this COVID pandemic, I've seen people respond in absolute terror and fear. They've based their lives on the fear of a virus that the vast majority of people recover from. It's sad that many Christians are just as fearful and depressed as those who don't know the Lord. There ought to be a difference. The fear of death brings people into bondage, but the Word of God can change that fear into faith. Hebrews 2:15 says Jesus came to
"deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage."
Unfortunately, our society has become very secular. God has been removed from most people's thinking to such a degree that they are terrified of death because they think this life is all that there is. God didn't create us to be this way. We need to change and begin living life to the fullest like Jesus said in John 10:10. We should not be afraid because we know that "perfect love casteth out fear" (1 John 4:18). We should be walking in health because we know that by Jesus' stripes, we have already been healed (1 Pet.2:24). We have promises that no plague will come near our dwelling and that God will give His angels charge over us (Ps. 91:10-11).
If you're a Christian, you should be living at a higher level than people who don't know the Lord. You should not be conformed to this world but be "transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Rom. 12: 2). The word transformed here is the Greek word metamorphoo. It is where we get the word metamorphosis from, and it describes the process of a caterpillar spinning a cocoon and then coming out of it a beautiful butterfly. In order to change from something that is earthbound (and many times ugly and creepy) to something beautiful that soars, you have to renew your mind. Transformation-metamorphosis-happens by renewing your mind to God's Word. This means that the Word of God starts to dominate your thinking. For many people, this sounds too simple. However, you aren't going to change until you change the way you think because you can't rise above your thoughts. Most people are looking for change from the outside. But change starts in your heart through the renewing of your mind. It doesn't come from the outside in. It comes from the inside out.
Proverbs 23:7 says, "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he." Your life is going the direction of your dominant thoughts.
If you're waiting for God to do something to change your circumstances, the ball is in your court. God is waiting on you. He has more for you, and it doesn't have to be traumatic for you to get there. You can change effortlessly.
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