Success Principle 5: You Are Being Transformed
"Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]" (Romans 12:2).
Transformation begins in your mind. What kind of thoughts are you thinking? Are they positive, encouraging, uplifting to yourself and others? There is power in thoughts, and you must begin the transformation process by letting go of some of those negative thoughts and replacing them by mediating on the things of God and what He has in store for you.
You cannot transform from the outside-in. Transformation is an inside-out process, and it all starts with the mind. Paul tells us in Romans 12:2 that transformation starts with the mind. Why the mind?
Because that is where Satan loves to dwell! He puts seeds of doubt, fear, worry, and rejection in our heads as early as our childhood. And without us even realizing it, those negative thoughts carry over into our adult years. This means we come to our adult lives as junk-filled beings, before a perfect God, in whose image we were created, crippled in the mind.
When our mind is off-kilter, God cannot perform His perfect work through us in an effective manner. The transforming work starts with us, and that is why we have to be transformed in the mind first. How does this transformation happen?
You must replace the thoughts of the world with the thoughts of God. Prayer and meditation of Bible verses is a great place to begin filling up on what God thinks of you and how your life should be. Listening to worship music is another great way to fill up on God and just bask in His presence. You will experience a change in the way you think and act when you begin to do these things.
This transformation will lead you towards better living mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
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