Be not conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. – Romans 12:2
As I was pondering on writing this, and my two previous devotional posts, it occurred to me I might have a trifecta of sorts:
Speak the truth of the Word of God in love, that you may grow up in all things into Him who is the head, Christ Jesus. – Ephesians 4:15
Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” (chapter 18, verse 21) And in Deuteronomy, chapter 30, verse 19, “… I have set before you, life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”
Be still and know that I am God. – Psalm 46:10
For isn’t that why He came? Didn’t He create us in His image to begin with? And when we as humanity walked away from that, He arranged everything to get us back. Talk about a love story. God of all creation, God of the universe, fought hell and back [literally] to win us back to Himself.
Why is it so hard then?
We make it hard. He doesn’t. He lays out exactly what we need to do to be with Him. But we allow our selfish (sinful) human nature, you know, the same nature that pervaded the Garden of Eden to dominate, dictate.
This just in: pondering the counsel to speak the Word, and making the comparison with us and Adam and Eve – they didn’t have a whole Bible or Torah full of Scripture to quote, or stand on, or study and meditate on. No, they had Him. You know, Jesus, the Word made flesh, before He was made flesh. Adam and Eve didn’t have to memorize Scripture, they talked with Him face to face, up close and personal.
That’s what I started with, 20+ years ago. Speaking the Word. And over the course of that 20+ years, it has manifest in changing my thinking, my mindset, and what I say and do. Something about out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.
A few years ago, He ministered personally, with a vision and everything, about sitting quietly at His feet. Okay, here’s the vision. I was living in an old (1920’s) mill house. As a designer, I had a vision of what all I wanted to do to fix it up. And He gave me the vision. What I did not understand about visions and prophetic at that time, is that sometimes a vision or prophetic Word is a whisper of something to come later. The vision was a type of how my house or home would be. Not [necessarily] that exact house. So, the vision that day was this: I was looking out the window at the before yard, crab grass, uneven lawn, ant mountains – and a young billy goat jumping and frolicking about. Then it morphs into the after version, my lovely deck, pretty zoysia grass, flowers, and Jesus sitting calmly perched on the steps. And a sweet baby lamb laying quietly at His feet. In that understanding that comes [sometimes] with a vision, I knew that I was the billy goat / lamb, and the point was to sit quietly at His feet. No amount of striving aka jumping about, would bring about the fulfillment of the vision any sooner, and in fact, tends to delay the promise. When, however, we can learn to sit quietly and listen, you know Be still and know, then He speaks, and He manifests things we cannot fathom or understand.
So, for me, that was the second leg of the triangle.
I couldn’t really say when Romans 12:2 came alive to me. But it is my anchor, my signature Scripture. For that is our ultimate goal and objective as believers, to be like Him. The whole of chapter 12 is about living as Christ: living sacrifice to God, serving God with spiritual gifts, behaving like a Christian. Verse 3 goes on to say, “… that we may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Looking at verse 1, we read, “… present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is our reasonable service.” Then verse 2 begins by admonishing us to not conform to the pattern of this world.
We are set apart, we are His chosen people. He is no bouncer at the door, however, with some list of names to check off, allow in or turn away. Yes, He cautions us about being turned away, but He also says He does not desire that anyone should be turned away. Refer to the whole “you choose” bit above, in Deuteronomy.
Funny how the triangle isn’t so different from a circle, that it is continuous in its movement, just got those angles thrown in.
All the years I tried to fit some mold that was not His making, or design for me. “So, I did my best to fit in some hole, or box, or human mold. And I managed, I functioned. But I did not flourish. I did not thrive. I did not grow or blossom or bloom. My art was stifled. I was stifled.” [why now, 052314] We are not designed to fit in. We are set apart, sanctified – redeemed. We are designed to stand out, to rise up, to have dominion. Don’t forget, we’re talking spiritual realm here. As our natural mind yields to His thinking, our spirit man is transformed more and more into His likeness.
And this comes about how? By hearing the Word. By speaking the Word. By knowing and meditating on the Word.
And how do we know and hear the Word? Hear His still small voice? Be still. Be still and know – and be transformed.
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