How can our lives be transformed?

In the O.T. God speaks to the Israelites rather harshly and warns them of some “heavy” things to come. In Hosea 4:1, He warns “Hear the word of the Lord…for the Lord hath a controversy (bone to pick) with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy (love), nor knowledge of God in the land.”

The very same thing can be said of today. First of all, we must understand what “truth” is. Truth is where our words and our deeds match and become one. Jesus, of course, is the Truth. He is the Word who became the Deed. He also “lived the truth.” His Words (promises) always matched His Deeds and His Life actions.

In 3 John 3, the apostle John comments on how important it is that we “live the Truth.” He says, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth” Why does seeing his “children walk in truth” bring him so much joy? Because it shows his children are genuine and authentic Christians (whose words and deeds matched). There were no “masks” or “facades.” They were truly showing forth God’s Life in their actions and so, the Gospel could be passed on.

This is the biggest problem facing Christianity today. Far to many Christians are phony in belief and practice. All most all think, just being Born Again is all they must do. Is It? We are required to walk out our salvation in fear and trembling. (Phil. 2:12) What does the Bema seat Judgment teach us? In short that we will all stand before a Holy God who will judge what we have done after salvation. Snooze and you lose.

Is it any wonder why should unsaved people want something that doesn’t seem to work for us?

How are we able to do this?  Just how am I emptied of self-life and filled with God’s life? The answer is Romans 12:1,2. Read. This Scripture tells us that a renewed life is the “key” to our transformation. Transformation simply means an exchange of life.  It means taking off self-and putting on God.

John 12:24 shows us more: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall to the ground and die, it abideth alone, but if it die, it brings forth much fruit.” A renewed mind is the “bridge” or the link between our being emptied of self-and being filled with God. The Word of God is the mechanism or instrument by which Christ’s supernatural life in our hearts can become our life in our souls.

This Scripture exhorts us to become “emptied of self.”  So that we can be “filled with Him.” Now being emptied of self does not mean becoming some sort mindless robot. Or a non-entity with no personality or individually of our own. Quite the opposite, when we surrender ourselves to God, He takes our own unique personality, our own individual temperament, our own make-up and then fills it with His love, His thoughts and power.

Ephesians 4:22-24 explains what a renewed mind does: “That you put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according the former deceitful lusts; and be and being renewed in the spirit (personal spirit) of your mind; and that you put on the new man, which is created in righteousness and true holiness.”

Goal and purpose of being a Christian. Being transformed into Christ’s image is the basic goal and purpose for each of our lives as Christians. God wants us to show forth and reflect His Life (Jesus’ life) in our souls and thereby not show forth our own soul with it’s deeds. This, to me, is what Romans 8:28-29 means when it says, we are to be conformed into the image of Christ. When we allow the Holy Spirit to do this, then we’ll be able to live the truth and our words and deeds will match the gospel and have a chance to be passed on. So, a renewed mind is the key to our transformation and our living the truth. You talk about important subjects, this one is critical.

When we don’t choose to renew our minds, however, either because we don’t know how or because of wounds, hurts, fears, insecurities, trauma that we have chosen to hang on to, then we quench God’s Spirit in our hearts and block His life from coming forth.

So, the life that is manifested in our souls is not going to be Jesus’ Life as it should be, but self-life.

Just what is our Soul.

  1. Our soul is like a neutral area that “shall have life” because of free flow of God’s Life or, shall “wax cold” because God’s Life is quenched
  2. For the most part, our souls are the outward expression of our lives. It’s the life that we see, hear and feel coming forth from each other
  3. There is a hidden, secret part of our soul (hidden Chambers)
  4. The whole purpose of our being called Christians is to be filled with God’s Life—”the fullness of God” 3:19; 2 Cor. 2:14, walking by His Spirit-Gal.5:14, conformed into His Image Romans 8:29 and manifesting His Name 2 Cor. 4:10-11
  5. Our souls are made up mostly of our conscious thoughts, emotions and desires.
  6. Life exists both in our hearts and souls; what’s the difference? —Life is originally created in our hearts Proverbs 4:23 it’s life—only God can see it Jeremiah 17:10;12:3; 1 Chron. 28:9. Life is then outwardly expressed in our souls. Isaiah 58:10-11;Proverbs 14:30; Matt.12:35. It’s visible Life, all can see it Jeremiah 31:12.
  7. Our souls are a neutral area that can be filled with God’s Life or self-Life. If we have made the appropriate faith choices, God’s Life will be showing forth through our souls. His Love will become our love, His Thoughts, Our thoughts, His Power, our own John 4:14. This demonstrates single-mindedness—one life is being lived God’s. IF we have made emotional choices to follow our own thoughts, God’s Life becomes blocked or quenched and self -life will show forth. This results in double-mindedness—Two lives are being lived God’s and our own. 2 Peter 2:17. This is what a hypocrite looks like. James 1:8.
  8. Where does “self-Life” come from? Self-Life comes from hurts, doubts, resentment, that we have never dealt with, either out of ignorance or disobedience, but have simply stuffed in our hidden chambers. Self-Life is triggered when we choose to follow what things are telling us to do over what God is saying Proverbs 5:22;John 8:34. These hidden things have the power to work on our conscious thoughts and emotions to make us choose to follow them. These hidden things are stored in a secret place called Cheder in Hebrew. These chambers are comparable to the secret, hidden chambers of the Temple (1 Kings 6:5-10) where priests stored their own personal idolatrous things (Ezekiel 8:6-12).   They represent the place in our soul where we hide, bury and store our hurts, wounds, guilt and fears Proverbs 18:8;26:22; Ezekiel 14:3-5.
  9. We must learn to set aside our Self-Life, so that God’s Life can come forth Romans 6:6-7, 11-13; Col. 2:11; 1 Cor. 5:7-8; Acts 20:24. This is what the Sanctification process is all about 2 Cor. 4:10-11. It’s putting off the old man 4:22; Rom.6:6 and then putting On Christ Col.3:10; Eph. 4:24.  The putting ON of Christ is twofold : positionally at our new birth and experientially in the process of sanctification. It’s Christ’s Life Col.1:27 that we are to, put on moment, by moment  in our lives.  This is Transformation as given to us buy the Word of God. Part two :Hidden Chambers

 

 

 

 

 

 

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