The World, The Flesh and the Devil
Every day we struggle against three things that conspire to push us away from God’s truth. Understanding how the world, the flesh, and the devil work will enable us to renew our minds and stand firm.
Romans 12:2 in the Passion Translation says, stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in His eyes.
In the introduction to Bill Johnson’s book “The Supernatural Power of a Transformed Mind,” he said the cause of his messages and writing is – that the kingdoms of this world would become the kingdoms of our Lord. I’ve learnt that renewing the mind begins with repentance, the gateway to return to our original assignment on earth. Jesus said, “Repent, for the: kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
The word repentance means. “Re” means to go back “Pent” is like the penthouse, the top floor of a building. Repent, then, means to go back to God’s perspective on reality. And in that perspective, there is a renewal, a reformation that affects our intellect, our emotions: and every part of our lives. Without repentance we remain locked into our carnal ways of thinking.
The renewed mind, then, reflects the reality of another world in the same way Jesus shone with heavenly brilliance on the mount of transfiguration. It’s not that our thoughts are different, but that our way of thinking is transformed because we think from a different reality – from heaven towards earth! That is the transformed perspective.
Much grace, Pastor Greg Volich