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The Evidence of My Change
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.
The Call of Metamorphosis
There is nothing in our life that happens in a happenstance manner, all things in the creative order of God, work for the good of them that are called by the name of Jesus Christ. Every test and trial is orchestrated by God to bring us unto Christ.
The seeds planted in the ground go through a process called, germination. As the seed, buried in the soil, germinates, or dies, the harden shell opens up, releasing the embryo of the plant’s root system, grabbing a hold of the soil, calling that which is buried, in seed form, to become the apple tree, the orange tree, the peach tree, or whatever the seed planted, is ordained to release.
It is no different with you and I as the “seeds” of God, are planted in the soil of our experiences, testing and trial until we come forth in the purpose and process for which we have been given expression. In fact, if we view this understanding on a more personal and spiritual level, we have within us, the Christ seed, planted within the deep recesses of our soul (the womb), awaiting release, expression, and except the seed in us DIE, it (Jesus Christ) abides alone.
It is God’s divine intention to have many sons (mature ones), not gender specific, but spiritually speaking, a body of mature sons and daughters that showcase the evidence of being transformed by the renewing of their minds and translated into the image of the Dear Son: Jesus the Christ.
There should be no surprise that Christianity is under attack, and not just Christianity, but the institution of marriage, the family, the church, manhood, womanhood and so much more, because men hold fast to a false image of themselves and push more to unfold a humanistic agenda, casting aside the truth that says, For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not (Romans 7:18 KJV).
We live in a society that is deceived by wicked desires and has excused them away under the fig leaf of “WHAT SEEMS RIGHT IN THERE OWN EYES.” Christianity in its purist sense is about CHANGE. Becoming something altogether different from where one starts. A sperm and egg, become an embryo, the embryo in turn becomes a child couched in the womb of its mother, and as it continues through the incubation period of development, he or she springs forth as a baby, an infant, a much more developed evidence of life, no longer the sperm and the egg, but a living breathing body of arms, legs, sexual identity, eyes, nose, ears, a mouth, a will, a pulsating cry filled with need, a junior, a misses, a son, a daughter; and even with all of that, the child will continue to demonstrate evidence of CHANGE.
Yet Christianity, for some, yields no change. We arrive on the church scene with an expectation to remain as we are, in our finances, our relationships, our will, our ways, our being; because somehow with so much humanity present in society, it is far easier to be CARNAL than it is to press on to perfection and walk in the spirit, live in the spirit, sing in the spirit, think in the spirit, and pray in the spirit. And because there is a compromise to give into our carnality, the messengers of Satan have spewed forth their poisonous venom of mixture, offering people an excuse for their attachment to flesh.
Traditional teachings keep many abiding in their old adamic nature, manifesting the works of the flesh, because to teach law and not grace, keeps men subservient to the letter of the law.
When Adam (male and female) fell short in the Garden of Eden partaking of the law of duality, good verses evil, they fell into the trap and lies of the evil one, that old serpent the devil, which became instrumental in polluting the flesh of men, and yet men try day in and day out, to offer up their flesh as the righteousness of God. Because of the fall, the Adamic Order has been denied re-entry into the Kingdom of God:
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. (I Corinthians 15:50)
God is calling for a complete undeniable change in our visible expression; a call to be transformed by the renewing of the mind. The mind is the seat of man’s will and intellect, and what we must understand is resident within everyman abides two wills and two intellects; for we are spiritual beings housed in a fleshly body.
There must be a casting off of the old man Adam (the flesh) and a putting on of the new man Adam (Christ/the spirit). The outer man is what most of us live by. We make our decisions through the outward man, who is given to his five senses. However, to put on Christ requires that we hear what the spirit is saying unto the church.
The Mirror Image: Christ
To understand our call to bear the image of God, I want to turn your attention to the parabolic question that was presented by the religious antagonist that challenged Christ on paying tribute. In the biblical account, Christ was asked, about paying tribute for the under-minding purpose of entrapment, to set Him at odds with the political system of that day. However, Christ operated in wisdom and using the opportunity to teach, and asked the antagonist, “Whose inscription (image) is on the coin?” A question that had far reaching implications; than just resolving if believers should pay taxes to a non-believing government.
The answer is about rendering to God His true image, found within us. It is about offering up the “image” and “likeness” of God in a state of being. It is through the death, burial, resurrection and ascension, which Christ came to unlock the mystery of godliness within us all that adhere to the true purpose of Christ coming on the scene as a man. Through the fall of Adam, man’s identity became turned on its head, to the point that through alienation from God, man lost the image that he was supposed to behold in the mirror, rather settling for the image of a fallen man.
Every since that eventful time in man’s history, humanity has been in search for the “true man” in the mirror. The apostle Paul speaks of the mystery of godliness as CHRIST IN YOU, the HOPE (expectation) of glory. Through much irresponsible teaching from many of the pulpits we find the church goers in pursuit of a place and not an image. In Genesis, God’s panel discussion in the board meeting of eternity, looked out upon the vast darkness of nothingness, and said, “Let there be light,” and light became, it showed up pushing back the curtain of “void and without form” bringing about visible expression to the thought patterns of an eternal God.
Day one God said, and on Day two, three, four five and six, God continued to showcase His unveiling of creation, rolling out His order and then placing it under the care and rule of His “Earth King” – Adam! Beloved, Heaven came to Earth and it is still the plan of God today, to bring His order to the earth and place it under the ruler-ship of his newborn Adams, of which Christ is the governmental head of influence.
Yes, there are many one sided conversations that emanate from the pulpits world wide of the great escape from planet earth, but God has a plan, and that plan includes a people being TRANSFORMED through MIND RENEWAL (Romans 12:1-2, Phil. 2:5).
Just like the lattice panel in the story of the Bride and her Beloved, in the Song of Solomon 2:9, the Body of Christ beholds the image of the Bridegroom as fragmented.
And because she (the church) views her beloved through the lattice panel, the revelation of Christ is fragmented as well, some churches only focus on healing, others on prosperity, while others deal with spiritual warfare, deliverance, marriage success, when in truth, Christ is more than the sum of His parts.
Christ (the Beloved) calls unto his beloved, to leave the winter (the season of death), and break through the wall of lattice and see the Christ in His fullness:
“The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills. My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he standeth behind our wall, he looketh forth at the windows, shewing himself through the lattice. My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;” (Song of Solomons 2:8-12 KJV).
The church must move from its one-dimensional perception of Christ and move beyond the message of death and condemnation and believe that the TWO (Christ and His Bride) CAN BECOME ONE! It is through the courting advances of Christ, with our soul that we, the believer, are wooed to move beyond being the tail (old man Adam) and not the head (new man Christ). Through the strength of the roe and young hart, our inner man hears the call of her beloved saying, “RISE UP, MY LOVE, MY FAIR ONE, AND COME AWAY.”
Move beyond the lifeless, breathless winter (religion, tradition, carnality) and behold the newness, the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds IS COME, and THE VOICE OF THE TURTLE IS HEARD IN OUR LAND (our earthen vessels). It is when we move toward HIS VOICE that the transformation of the mirror image of Christ will become our own image.
Transformation is about leaving one form to take on another, and in the Kingdom of God no flesh can inherit what God has purposed for us. We must become hungry for truth and righteousness if we are to fulfill God’s purpose for our life. Be transformed by the renewing of our mind, and be not conformed to this world. Get God’s word in front of you and digest it, eat the whole loaf until Christ be formed in you.
To be continued…