Food for ThoughtRomans 12:2 Be Transformed
Food for Thought
An all-creatures.org Guide to Kingdom Living

By Marni Montanez

Romans 12:2 New King James Version

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

When the Israelites were freed out of slavery from under the Egyptian oppression they were led away from captivity but the slave mentality never really left them. As they wandered in the desert there was much complaining and murmuring to the point that it even angered God. 

For forty years they displayed this slave mentality and kept themselves in bondage to negative thoughts. There were a few who were able to break from the chains of mental bondage and move into freedom thinking but the majority of them fell victim to this mindset and in the end it destroyed them. 

In Numbers chapters 13 and 14, some of the Israelite men are sent out to spy the land God promised them. Out of the 12 sent only two, Caleb and Joshua, came back with a good report.  They sent the message that with Godís help they would be able to take the Promised Land.  The other 10 brought fear and doubt and complaining into the camp.  This angered God and because of this God allowed only Caleb and Joshua to enter the Promised Land.

Numbers 14:30 New King James Version

30. Except for Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun, you shall by no means enter the land which I swore I would make you dwell in.

God is looking for spiritual transformation in our thought life.  Our minds need to reflect the way God thinks.   

Our thought life is what directs us whether it be into truth or into deception.  The enemy strikes at our minds and manipulates our thoughts so that we eventually bring our own selves down by believing him.  All he has to do is get us to believe his deception and we have lost the battle.   Our thoughts must be aligned with Godís thoughts; in this way we are not as easily fooled by the lies the enemy attacks us with.   

Our mind can be the enemyís playground of torture and oppression or it can be a place of strength and balance.

To have Godís mind is the only way to know Godís will, which is perfect and acceptable.

It has to be because God is perfect and acceptable.  We have to engage with God in order to understand His desires.   This is why God left His word for us.  The Bible is a place of life and understanding.   We need to be fortified with Godís word and strengthened in His Spirit.    

Challenge:  Soak your mind in Godís word.  Read it daily and absorb the wisdom and direction for your life. Wait and listen to what He wants you to know.

God bless,

Marni

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lamb-rightThe purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.