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by One Voice Worship on April 7th, 2015

I never cease to be amazed by my God Who is both a resplendent Creator and a personal Savior. His love for me is so great, yet so intimate, that His Spirit ministers to me in abundant proportion to my specific need. This morning, He woke me up (again) with Romans 12:2 which says, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
While this passage is a treasured favorite and is significant for numerous reasons, the Lord refreshed my sprit with it anew.
Biblically, the word “transformation” is translated “to change into another form; the form by which a person or thing strikes the vision.” The dictionary defines the word as “to (undergo a) change in form, appearance, character or structure. Metamorphose. To increase or decrease by means of a transformer. To change into another form of energy.”
The word “renewing” is translated as “a renewal, renovation, complete change for the better; to cause to grow up; to receive new strength and vigor. To be changed into a new kind of life as opposed to the former one. In the midst, among and between. A new kind, unprecedented, uncommon.” The dictionary says “to take up again. Restore or replenish. To revive. To make as new again.”
What does this practically mean for me? First, I am called to live a life of transformation. I’ve already undergone an internal, spiritual metamorphasis through my acceptance of Jesus as my Lord and Savior. So, my structure has already been changed…but what about my external appearance? My character? My attitude? And if Jesus is my “Transformer”, I have to honestly evaluate my present condition and acknowledge whether or not He is increasing or decreasing in my life. His internal proportion will be reflected through my words, actions, and attitude which are directly rooted in my mind. All that said, if I want to be transformed, I need to saturate my mind with the truths of God so that I’m thinking on that which is good and pure and lovely. I must take every thought captive unto Christ, align it to truth, and cast out that which is contrary to it. Everything I take in to my mind’s eye will determine my thought processes and that which I choose to meditate on.
And renewing? My mind could use a little of that, too. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that my thought life could use a little maturing or “growing up.” And my entire being could use new strength and vigor. Oh yes, I desperately need to continually be changed into new life from my former one on a daily basis. I desperately want to be revived from the inside out. The irony? Renewal occurs amidst my circumstances, discouragement, frustrations, struggles and trials – not outside of them.  It’s not necessarily deliverance from them that I need; rather, it’s renewal in spite of them. It’s within the fire and the flood that faith is forged. And praise God, His mercies are new every morning! So I have hope that even when yesterday was a crazy hot mess, I can take up renewal again today and live an unprecedented, uncommon life.
My journey has been anything but easy and common. My path has been crooked and the terrain scarring and treacherous. I’ve wearily traveled through life using the tattered and worn map of yesterday, expecting it to guide me into the hope of today and promises of tomorrow. And I’ve fixed my mind on former things instead of the new things God is doing in and through my life.
For far too long, I’ve assumed the position of a destitute beggar dining on the scraps of life instead of claiming my birthright as a daughter of the King of Kings, a princess who has been afforded a seat of royalty at my King’s table; an heir who has been called to live the uncommon life.
It’s time to live the life of transformation for which I was created. (Click Here to Tweet quote!)

And it's time for you to claim it and live it out, too!
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.” - Romans 12:2

Friend, what life are you choosing to live? My prayer is that you would embrace the possibility of transformation and the hope of renewal. Where to start? With your mind. What you read, what you watch, what music you listen to, what conversations you engage in, and what thoughts you meditate on. If you pour truth into your mind, you will live out truth through your life. And there’s more than enough grace and mercy for you start again, and again, and again. His mercies are new every morning, and every moment! Don’t settle for less than you are in Christ. Live a life of transformation!

In what area of your life can you choose to start living a life of transformation today in a practical way?

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