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Transformed

Kathy — We have to remember that we are not here to conform to the age we live in, nor to its rules of engagement, nor to its course and flow, nor to its fashion and norms, nor to its anxieties and fears, nor to any other toxic influence in it’s atmosphere.  It is the will of our Father that we live and move and have our being in Him, not in the pollution of ungodly agendas, hellish propaganda or cycling stupidity.  We were not born to be pawns of the “prince of power of the air.”  So we must  refuse to be conformed to this world, (Rom 12:2), and instead be transformed by the renewing of our mind, in order to prove what is that good and pleasing and perfect will of God.  Most of my years, I thought of that scripture as a personal challenge about my life.  I knew I should not conform and just go with the flow around me, even in Bible College.  I knew my thinking had to be like my Father’s, but the pivotal word in the KJV for me was prove.  I thought that scripture was saying I needed to prove that I could muster up and measure up to God’s will.  However, when I searched the definitions of the words in that verse, I discovered that being renewed in mind and being transformed is more about equipping than measuring up.  The word prove there is a Greek word that means “to discern, to examine, to allow”.  So, let me paraphrase Rom 12:2, We are transformed from the inside out when our thinking and feelings and reasoning and understanding are developed and no longer molded by the common or typical.  We can then discern that which is beneficial to and that which is agreeable with and that which is acceptable in God’s design and original intent.  So that scripture is not about us proving we can merit our Father’s approval.  It is about being transformed by a renewing of our mind so that we think and live like a mature son or daughter that understands they are already approved by Father as well as equipped to discern and examine what’s going on in this age.  Then a mature son or daughter allows and approves what  aligns with as it is in heaven and participates with heaven coming to earth!