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HOW ARE WE TRANSFORMED? Sylvia Pearce
“Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2).
 
The Greek word for transformation is: "metamorphoo," or like our English word, metamorphosis. How can "renewing our mind” change[1] us from glory to glory? I know that switching from thinking negatively to thinking positively might help us temporally, but it doesn't cause us to morph into something else.  So, there has to be something very supernatural about renewing our minds. Could it be that through Christ, we have His divine mind that can image heavenly realities right from His divine imagination? Col. 3:10 says, we have “put on the New Man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him.” Renewed means: “to come in place of what was formerly and has not yet been used.”[2] We lost our divine mind in Adam, and regained it in Christ. However, we have hardly used it due to our sleepiness. That’s why Paul said to the Ephesians, “Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light” (Eph. 5:14).
 
The human mind cannot think itself into righteousness or glory. The human mind is powerful, but still, natural thinking does not form the glory of Christ in you. That would be human effort again; or it would be having faith in your own thinking, when Proverbs 3:5 says, “Lean not on your own understanding.”
 
The Bible talks about having the same mind that was in Christ Jesus (Phil. 2:5). Therefore, there must be a Spiritual mind other than our physical mind that powerfully transforms us from glory to glory. "Mind,” "Wisdom," “Presence” and "Shekinah Glory" in the Bible are different terms referring to the same thing. The Apostle James and the Apostle Paul both tell us that there are two Wisdoms, or two minds that is, the humble mind of Christ or the rebellious mind of Satan (Romans 8:6; James 3:11-18).
 
Revelation 17-18 is referring to the satanic Harlot mind of the unbelieving world. It is Satan's mind at work in us. The human mind, living independently from who we are in Christ, is confused, and no matter how good it seems, it is unprofitable, because it isn't depending on the Wisdom of Christ. (Remember Proverbs saying, “lean not on your own understanding”)? Instead, the carnal mind depends wholly on its own limited intellectual, might and power, while trying to conquer its world.  The mind of the Spirit, on the other hand, humbly operates from an unlimited supply of resources available to it by faith. All manifested things come from the Free Sea of God's nothingness containing the possibility of all things.[3] That is why Jesus said, “With God, all things are possible” (Matt. 19:26). And Mark 9:23 says, “All things are possible to him that believeth.”
 
Think about it. Did Jesus have outer provision to feed the 5000? No, but Phillip thought He needed to (John 6:7).  Bear with me.  If Jesus had the money that could buy a pile of fish and another pile of loaves to feed the people, He would have come to the bottom and there would still be outer lack and need for more.  But instead, Jesus operated from the Wisdom of God thereby knowing how to, by faith, draw from God’s unlimited resources, which comes from the invisible provision in God's Freedom.
 
So, how important is our thinking? Or, how can we move from temporal, limited thinking to the unlimited mind of God's Wisdom?  The power of the resurrected and glorified ascended mind of Christ is available to us. The only thing that hinders us is an independent-self, selfishly desiring and thinking for itself. This is fleshly thinking! Actually, it’s thinking like the Devil!  Doesn't Romans 8:6-8 say that the carnal, fleshly mind is “enmity against God”?  We all inherited this mind through the Fall. We fell from God's Wisdom right into the mind of Satan, commonly known as the worldly mind of the Harlot Spirit (Revelation 17-18).
 
Yes, carnal Christians are still living in their flesh, seeing their world through the cloudy darkened lens of their own fleshly eyesight.  Take off the dark divided seeing of flesh thinking and put on the new mind of the Wisdom of God! All who are in Christ have the mind of Christ as their inheritance!!  But, in order to access your inheritance, you must possess it by simple faith, that is, by simple receptivity. Take what is already yours in Christ, by faith, "Christ is made unto us Wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification and redemption" (ICor. 1:30). Wisdom is available, but only given to the hungry, meek, and faithfully honest. You cannot attain Wisdom for your own fleshly power and gain. But, if you ask your Heavenly Father for “true bread,” shall He give you a stone? (Matt. 7:9).
 
It's all about seeing from the inner eye of faith and hearing from the true Shepherd of the sheep. The eye that is single is full of light, but the double eye is full of darkness, and how great is that darkness. Single means Oneness with Christ. A double, evil eye, means that we see ourselves as independent and separate from Christ. Cain had an evil eye. He saw from his own understanding, which ended up being his own demise. Abel had a single eye of faith by leaning not on his own understanding, but in all his ways acknowledging God (Prov. 3:5-6). Cain rebelled against God's ways, while Abel humbly trusted in God's Word and ways. Cain was an enemy of God, while Abel was God's friend. The mind of the flesh is enmity against God; the mind of the Holy Spirit is God's friend and a true worker of righteousness! All else is “wood, stubble, and hay."
Only those who hunger after nothing but the Bread of Life who came down from heaven, acknowledging no master but Christ, no teacher but His Holy Spirit, can be happy. Ministers who seek only to be taught by God, and who seek the same for others, will have the joy of the Lord.[4]
 
This glorious life of Christ (“Christ the power of God and the Wisdom of God”) in us, and as us, means that “we are being transformed.” This is the same word as metamorphosis-the word used for the transformation of a caterpillar into its beautiful final form of a butterfly. By faith we are moving from glory to glory by being renewed in “the spirit of our mind” (Eph. 4:23). Or, as Romans 12:1-2 says, by being transformed by the renewing of our mind. This means that we are trusting that we have another mind, i.e., Christ’s very mind. When I look in the mind mirror of God, I see Him “face to face.” I am miraculously imaging myself perfectly from His divine imagination and that mirror fills me with love, peace and joy, and causes me to see, “GOD ONLY” in all my circumstances. I do see evil, but I give it no authority or power in any part of my life’s circumstances because I see how God perfectly “works all things (good as well as evil) after the counsel of His own will (Eph. 1:11).
 
TRYING TO SERVE GOD WITH MY OWN UNDERSTANDING
 
I learned long ago that if I tried to serve God with my own “good ideas,” what I undertook yielded some fruit, but ultimately it did not prosper. However, if I waited “upon the Lord, He would renew my strength and I could mount up like wings as eagles.” None of us want to wait, but with the waiting comes mature wisdom, patience and endurance from the Lord which fits us perfectly for the calling the Lord has in mind for us. In my early days, I foolishly rushed out and taught from my own understanding. Actually, I was pretty impressed with myself. I tried not to take the glory, but I secretly covered it over with false humility. Now everything is used by God, but unknowingly I still had a lot to learn.
 
One of God’s greatest gifts to me was to make sure that I ended up in the dreaded valley of defeat and humiliation. My own understanding had to go to the Cross and die, and then by the miracle of God’s resurrection power I could be one with His Glorious Wisdom. Only then could my calling and service be fulfilled through the anointing of His Holy Spirit. What died was my own carnal mind, which gives the Mind of Wisdom her preeminence and her rightful place.
 
My old mentor, Norman Grubb wisely said, “Don’t do anything, until you can’t not do it.” Norman meant that when it is God’s timing and calling for us, we are driven with passion to do it, but with the full Spiritual anointed power of God’s own mind to fulfill and accomplish it, and not with unfounded fleshly zeal. God doesn’t need our energies, our good idea’s, nor any false humility coming from our own understanding. Did we forget, “Flesh and blood profits nothing” and “the mind of the flesh” is actually “enmity” against God. Therefore, “Let this mind be in you which is also in Christ Jesus.”
 
[1] A CRITICAL LEXICON AND CONCORDANCE TO THE ENGLISH AND GREEK NEW TESTAMENT by E. W. Bullinger  To change means: “to change one thing for or into another, to transmute.
[2] A CRITICAL LEXICON AND CONCORDANCE TO THE ENGLISH AND GREEK NEW TESTAMENT by E. W. Bullinger
[3] Read: The Cross in the Heart of God by Alan Parker
[4] You Will Receive Power by William Law pg. 101

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