The Cost of Transformation

...it starts and ends with a door...

Be transformed by the renewal of your mind.

That statement is like a melody that I can’t get out of my head. If you know me, well, you’d know that I’m a person that can repeat the same song a million times.

Literally.

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If I like a song, I can listen to it on repeat until my soul has had enough and the newness wears off, and it fits like something that I’ve carried with me my entire life. Like a pleasant memory.

To the dismay of my hubby and kids, but it is who I am. And I like that about myself. Because usually there is a thought or truth or feeling hidden between the beginning and end of that song that speaks to me.

Therefore, when I compare this verse to a melody my souls has attached to it and it is constantly seeking ways to ensure that the promises within it are mine.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2 [Read it for yourself.] 

I want to know God’s will for my life. I want to know what is good and acceptable and perfect in His sight concerning my life. Don’t you?

Be transformed by the renewal of your mind.

Be TRANSFORMED by the renewal of your mind.

Be transformed by the RENEWAL of your mind.

Be transformed by the renewal of your MIND.

There is a newness that comes with walking with Christ that causes everything about you to change. You are not the same. How can you be the same if your mind is different?

Your mind!

Everything. Changes.

Your thoughts, feelings, reactions, likes, dislikes, memories are different because you decided to submit to Christ and His lordship.

I believe I’ve blogged about this verse a million times, and I suspect I have another million posts in me. Because to me, it doesn’t get much better than this. This truth is the best perspective to carry through our daily lives.

Because I walk with Christ I am transformed.

Because I walk with Christ I am renewed.

Because I walk with Christ I have a new mind.

…a mind that helps me to discern His good, acceptable, and perfect will for my life.

In case you noticed, I intentionally did not mention the beginning of the verse. I had to pause it for a brief moment as we rallied around this newness of our mind.

The verse opens with DO NOT…. It’s not in all caps and bold but it does make the melody in my head skip a beat.

Wait…so when I go along with the world I am neglecting this newness I find in Christ?

Dana, where did you get that? **I’m talking to myself for the benefit of us both. :)**

Let’s see if I can create an illustration. The scripture says BUT. So, let’s think of “but” as a door.

You have conformity on one side and transformation on the other.

You are either inside or outside of this door.

conform: to be in harmony or accord [Definition]
transform: to change in form, appearance, or structure; metamorphose. [Definition]

Essentially God is calling us to no longer be in accord with the world but to change completely. That once we walk through that door we close it leaving the world on the other side.

This newness imparts strength, courage, love, joy, peace, and every good thing God has planned for your life. But at the cost of severing your ties to the world and letting go of everything.

You must close the world out of your new life with Christ and embrace the newness that only He can give.

Which causes my heart to sing another melody.  Let this mind be in you that is also in Christ Jesus. And how Christ humbled himself to be exalted by God. [Read it for yourself.]

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Oh my word…I could write another million posts just on this. But I must wrap this up.

I wrote all of this to say…

In our walk and life with Christ, He is doing a new thing in us. It will not look like the world, it will not cause you to go against the very nature of God in you. But it will change everything that you thought was you into Him.

And in this place, you will know what is good, acceptable, and perfect in your life because you will be one with your Creator. One with the God that created all things. The God that formed you in your mother’s womb. The One who knows you and desires to see the fruits of His lordship over your life shine in all that you do.

And I believe the cost does not compare to the glorious outcome at work in you.

Therefore, the cost of transformation is quite simply closing the door to the world and walking into the newness Christ offers us. A newness that we will experience from now into eternity.

Question: Are you ready to pay the cost of transformation? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

My Ultimate Takeaway

Day 31 of 31 Days of Christian Thinking

It is Day 31!!!

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My Ultimate Takeaway…

I am empowered to control my thoughts. Therefore, my feelings cannot keep me captive, which means I always have the ability to make a God-honoring decision.

That is it, for now.

What’s Next

I did not write a full post for a full month. I am still writing other entries to 31 complete entries. For now, if you missed any of the entries view the entire month HERE.

 

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Don’t Stop

Day 25 of 31 Days of Christian Thinking

There is something about big goals. They excite you. You feel pumped. You feel like your time has finally arrived.

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They excite you.

You feel pumped.

You feel like your time has finally arrived.

But in the midst of it all you will struggle.

Christian Thinking: Week 3 Review

Day 21 of 31 Days of Christian Thinking

What a week!

It has been difficult writing, posting and studying. I am determined to post daily until the 31st. Please bare with me as I share other encouraging content. I will continue to aim towards our thinking.  

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Today is a review day before our makeup weekend. Fortunately, this week has been light. It won’t take you long.

Confidence in God’s Certainty

Day 19 of 31 Days of Christian Thinking

Where is the time going?! I feel like deadlines and writing have me losing track of time. Today I am going to write for just one verse and I’ll write about the other tomorrow.

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Passage

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

Proverbs 3:5 ESV

Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart
And do not rely on your own insight or understanding.

Proverbs 3:5 AMP

Nothing Without Him

Day 17 of 31 Days of Christian Thinking

This week I hope to get into thoughts we can carry around with us. A week full of “Put It In Your Pocket” statements.

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Passage

“that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for “‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, “‘For we are indeed his offspring.’”

Acts 17:27-28 ESV

Here we go…

Christian Thinking: Week 2 Review

Day 14 of 31 Days of Christian Thinking

We are nearing the close of our second week. And almost halfway through this month. I pray this is a blessing to you all.

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Today is our Week 2 review. All of the references are linked. As a reminder, this is now catchup time for those of you you don’t have much time to read during the week.

Mind of Christ

Day 13 of 31 Days of Christian Thinking

Am I the only one walking around talking to myself? I am repeating the Put It In Your Pocket statements, reminding myself that I am empowered and I am forgiven—when my thoughts gravitate towards unrighteous thinking.

Today, I’m trying to hit this one out of the park. Short and sweet. 🙂 Especially after yesterday’s lengthy post.

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But the spiritual man [the spiritually mature Christian] judges all things [questions, examines and applies what the Holy Spirit reveals], yet is himself judged by no one [the unbeliever cannot judge and understand the believer’s spiritual nature]. For who has known the mind and purposes of the Lord, so as to instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ [to be guided by His thoughts and purposes].

1 Corinthians 2:15-16 AMP

You have the mind of Christ. Yes YOU, if you are a spiritual man (or woman). And today I’m using the Amplified mostly because it speaks plain on this matter.

Log Kindling

Day 12 of 31 Days of Christian Thinking

It was a long day. And hard to sit at my computer for today’s post. Therefore, my formatting may be a little different but my heart for today’s post is 100% here.

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Passages

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

Matthew 7:1-5 ESV

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

James 1:13-15 ESV

The log in my eye hinders my perspective and places distance between God and I.