(Romans 12:2) Transformation - The Process
“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3 KJV).
Two can be walking and going in different directions, but two walking together requires a mutual or reciprocal concurrence between those walking together, so there has to be agreement between the parties. This verse is an inquisition, it is asking a question.
The soul is still processing and absorbing the will of God. This is the process that the Word of God refers to and describes as transformation. What is transformation and what does it mean for my life?
Transformation for me, entails a constant notable change in the way I think, how I emote, the interlinking of my will with the will of God. Allowing godly conviction to regenerate my conscience as the Holy Spirit relays hidden transgressions and all wrongdoing. It is an imagination which is conforming into the image of Christ and that is indicative of change taking place in me.
To transform is to change in structure, appearance or character, to change in potential or type. Transformation helps me answer the question in (Amos 3:3), Can two walk together, except they be agreed? The interfacing of God, and man is the configuration of agreement. He chose to walk with us (me) take it personally, and I choose to walk with Him. There is an agreement. My spirit loves God and deems it a privilege to learn how to walk with Him.
The purpose of this change, is to be transformed into the image of Jesus Christ, my appearance and character should exemplify Christ. The Word of God instructs us not to be conformed to this world. We should only be conforming into the image of Jesus, (Imago Dei which means the image of God). The premise that is being inculcated, is not to follow the dictates of the world system. We are positioned in the world, but we are not of this world. The Word of God advises us to be transformed, by renewing our minds, and perpetually illustrates how we are to change our thinking (Romans 12:2).
By the changes taking place we are undergoing transformation. How do we renew our minds? Through prayer, reading the Word and total reliance upon the Holy Spirit; through praise, worship and fasting. All of these measures can and will change the course of our destiny. The focus of the Spirit is to change our direction towards God, and to assist us to make better decisions for our lives that line up with the will of God. Our ways are not God’s ways; we must endeavor to make His ways ours. We must reject conformity to the world system, but, we must accept conformity into the image and character of Christ.
The world system is a lawless dictator; its concerns are for systematic reform according to the unregenerate man or sinner, not the reform that comes through belief in Jesus. It carries the false hope or premise of the “we can do it human beings attitude.” But, the Heavenly Father knew that we could not do it in the human state and sent His Son to redeem us out of the marketplace.
The process has to be qualified and personalized. What is the process? Transformation is the process. We are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus, we are a work in progress, and this development is constant and ongoing. Process is a series of actions or operations directed toward a result. The result or end product is conformity into the likeness of Christ, (liken to the caterpillar into the beautiful butterfly) so that, when the Father looks upon us He sees His Son in us. Christ in me the hope of glory. It is the only way possible for us to glorify God.
What is my process yielding? It is yielding change. What should my process yield? It should be yielding change. Transformation and the steps we take towards the fulfillment of change is a continual endeavor. We should be changing with every passing moment.
"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" (Romans 12:2 KJV).
First and foremost, we must acknowledge and determine that God’s way is the only way to go as we consider the implications of the transformation process. We are seated with Christ in heavenly places. This is the dimension from where we are operating. All of our true resources are above yet we are positioned in the earth.
"If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things, which are above,
where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on
things above, not on things on the earth" (Colossians 3:1-2).
In this verse, the Apostle Paul reminds us where we should be gleaning from. Jesus is seated in high places. He supplies and energizes our lives from heavenly places. We live by the promises of God, these are the blessed assurances that we must believe and actualize. Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word which proceeds out of the mouth of God.” It is the Spirit that quickens, the flesh profits nothing, and the words that He speaks are spirit and life. We must believe that God is not a man that He should lie, nor the son of man that He should repent. Believe that Jesus is the Christ, Son of the living God.
We are not debtors to the flesh, but rather to the spirit. We do not owe our flesh anything, but we owe our spirit everything. I owe my spirit time in the Word, I owe my spirit time in prayer, and I owe my spirit time with the Holy Spirit in worship and praise. The flesh gets enough attention. This is a paradox, a seeming contradiction designed to make us think about our transformation process.
I was thinking recently concerning the flesh and its dictates. I thought specifically about food shopping. These questions rose up in my soul; it was as if my soul was being asked by my spirit.
Question one: When you go to the grocery store, whether you have a grocery list or not, and you pick up items and place them in your cart. Who is everything in the shopping cart for? I answered the flesh.
Question two: When you go to the department store who benefits from the clothes and other purchases? I replied the flesh.
Question three: Out of all the furniture and other things you own, who is more than likely going to enjoy them? I responded the flesh.
My conclusion and summation to this introspective dialogue is that the flesh is needy, it always needs or wants something. Contrast the needs of the flesh to the spirit. What does your spirit obtain from shopping on any level? Nothing, unless I am in the Christian bookstore as much as the grocery store, my spirit is not profiting from my purchases.
"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and
lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?"
(Mark 8:36 KJV).
Transformation answers this question. When I allow the process of transformation to renew my mind, my soul prospers. I must set priorities for my spirit. I must be cognizant of my spiritual needs, and redeem the time necessary to build my spirit daily or the flesh will subtly dethrone my spirit. At this stage of the process my soul is interpreting and understands that it has to change. The soul is the central and core part between spirit and flesh.
Reading the Word of God and prayer convinces my soul of worth, and value and elevates my spiritual growth. My intellect is conforming to the Word and is embracing truths more and more every day. My reasoning is adapting to change.
The reasoning is a very interesting aspect of the soul. I remember the day my spiritual reasoning became alive as if it were yesterday. I was living in Brooklyn, New York at the time. I was on my way to work just about to go down the steps to catch the train. A woman was passing out tracts; I received the tract from her. after sitting down on the train to begin my journey to work, I began to read it. The emphatic if this verse rings true for me as well.
"For the word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any
two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit,
and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and
intents of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12 KJV).
(John 3:16) was the verse that revolutionized my life this particular morning. "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life"……… I read it over and over again; my mind and heart began the reasoning process. I remember saying within myself. God loves the world? I didn’t know that, the conversation within me continued. I reasoned, I am part of the world, that means God loves me too. I can truly declare that this was the happiest day of my life; the hope that was born within me suddenly sprang forth in my heart and quickened it towards salvation. This was my Oh Happy Day when Jesus washed my sins away. The personal truth in this song is astounding.
In retrospect, this was the first time that I had ever witnessed or was consciously aware of this type of reasoning taking place. Now, when I read this verse in (Psalm 42:5 KJV), where David is having a conversation with his soul and declares to it, “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, for the help of his countenance“ I understand his reasoning factor. David continued his dilemma instructing his soul to hope in God. This type of reasoning with the soul is crucial in preserving and maintaining the continuity which is necessary for transformation. That is exactly what the Word does it gives hope which activates, and produces faith. Now, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. My reasoning is becoming pliable and adapting to change.
My will is breaking and the desires for the things of God are more evident and clear within my heart. My emotions are healthier than they have ever been in my life. Praise and worship is a reality not a far off distant theory. The presence of God is real in my soul. I am aware that, when I am in the presence of Jehovah, I dwell in peace and safety, He lifts me up to soar high above all adversity. All assignments against my life are cancelled and rescinded in His presence. The presence of God is the most special place. No evil or sin can exist in His presence. I can rest from all opposition. Hallelujah! I understand why it is called a secret place. It is personal. It is a place of sheer intimacy.
I am consciously going to make every effort to be diligent about my transformation process. Diligence is a relentless determination regardless of the opposition.
“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his
good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13).
I must monitor the level of living water in me and make sure it is rising to the intensity that is necessary? If not, I need a refreshing, renewing and cleansing. I need my time with God. We all need our time with Him to complete the process of transformation. May grace and mercy be your companions, and walk hand and hand with you towards the completion or your spiritual metamorphosis, called transformation.
I ask You to shine Your marvelous light within each of us, and illuminate every aspect of our souls with Your Word and presence. I believe that our soul consists of mind or intellect, reasoning, conscience, imagination, will, memory and emotions. Give us all that we need to make our transformation process successful every day, and in every way, so that we may prosper and be in good health even as our soul prospers. Amen