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!
Kathy — God’s plans for where we are going depend on our being who we need to be when we get there. That requires transformation, and transformation comes through trials. Let me say that more exactly: transformation comes through listening and learning His Ways in trials, which is the opposite of hardening the heart! Rom.12:2, Amp — “And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].”
We must see tomorrow. We must see it as God sees it. Don’t adopt this age’s sense of hopelessness. It does not take God’s love or miracles into account. Do not be held in the grip of present circumstances but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.(Rom12:2) Get into the Word of God and get a new picture. Get God’s picture of things. Prov.23:18, TPT — “Your future is bright and filled with a living hope that will never fade away.”
As the people of God assemble today may they be infused with true grit and be inspired to be willing to go the distance many others are not; be willing to face what many others are not; be willing to resist what many others are not; be willing to do what many others are not. May each one be infused with determination for the King and His Kingdom that is born of higher stuff than mere stubbornness. Rom.12:11-12, TPT — “Be enthusiastic to serve the Lord, keeping your passion toward him boiling hot! Radiate with the glow of the Holy Spirit and let him fill you with excitement as you serve him. 12 Let this hope burst forth within you, releasing a continual joy. Don’t give up in a time of trouble, but commune with God at all times.”
God had spoken to David years before he met those guys in 1Chron.12. But relationship with them played a major role in bringing him to the throne. David was not able to get into his God-appointed position without those important relationships. Rom.12:4-5 shows us that we cannot prove the will of God by ourselves but only in relationship. Rom.12:4-5, Amp — “For just as in one [physical] body we have many parts, and these parts do not all have the same function or special use, 5 so we, who are many, are [nevertheless just] one body in Christ, and individually [we are] parts one of another [mutually dependent on each other].”
Kathy — Rom. 12:2, addresses this: be not conformed to this world or age or time or influences of culture. Don’t let your beliefs and conclusions and priorities be molded by that. If we are going to see “as it is in heaven” and see God’s original intent in earth, we’ll have to think beyond typical. That means, (a) we can’t be so open minded that our brains fall out, and (b) we don’t react to life like everybody else does. We have to choose not to live in anxiety over a new strain of flu and we have to choose not to assume that we’ll be one of the predicted financial failures in 2020. We absolutely dare not be typical and ignorant and follow the dictates of this age and culture where someone with a big mouth and a microphone becomes the TV expert to decide our future.
Marty Gabler speaking on not conforming to present circumstances. Rom.12:2
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Do not adopt the world’s sense of hopelessness. Their hopelessness does not take God’s love or miracles into account… but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Rom.12:2). Do not be held in the present circumstances that try to hold you in their grasp. Get into the Word and get God’s picture of things.
Your new season is only a paradigm shift away. It may not be possible for some of us to fulfill our course and walk through the experiences and circumstances that course will take us through, while maintaining our same old paradigms about who God is and how He moves and works in this hour. One of the purposes of seasons is likely the purpose to open up a wider revelation of who God is and what His ways are. (Rom12:2)
Do not adopt the world’s sense of hopelessness. Their hopelessness does not take God’s love or miracles into account. But be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Rom.12:2). Do not be held in the present circumstances that try to hold you in their grasp. Get into the Word and get God’s picture of things.
When we are willing to be moved where God deems best and when we are willing to be modified even though it means we must change our mind about some inaccurate views we were formerly willing to die for, then the promise begins to come into place. It is then that the position of the promise changes from potential to actualization (cf.Lev.26:3-13; Deut.28:1-14;Rom. 12:1-2;Js.1:3-4,12;4:7-10;Phil.1:6).