“God is not just the starting point of your life; He is the Source of it. To discover your purpose in life, you must turn to God’s Word, not the world’s wisdom” Rick Warren
Man’s colossal ignorance about the strategies, baits and destructive activities of satan makes his operations easy and successful. He uses evil spirits, vile passions, satanic influences and compulsive behaviour, abominable thoughts and imaginations to keep man in bondage.
Every segment of man’s life is under siege by the devil.
Sadly, millions of people all over the world deny and underscore these massive satanic armories against their lives. The devil, by virtue of this ignorance of man over his evil activities, receives little or no resistance from his captives.
Dr Daniel K. Olukoya said, “When the temple of God is loaded with evil structures, there is nothing any man can do to repair it unless the hidden structures are dealt with.”
Many people are slaves to premarital and extramarital relationships, lesbianism, gay, masturbation, anal sex, bestiality, prostitution, witchcraft, idolatry, occultism, household evil powers, anger, drug addiction, drunkenness, sex addiction, immoral thoughts, addiction to food, wears and partying and clubbing.
God offers salvation to man by the death of Christ and inhabits man by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of God in man. Thus, He calls us the temple of the Holy Ghost(1 Corinthians 6:19; 3:16).
Therefore, God demands that we live according to the commands and lifestyle of the Spirit who lives in us. We are sternly warned not to conform to the world’s standard and lifestyle but be transformed by the renewal of our mind to be and live like Jesus Christ, the Author and Finisher of our faith (Romans 12:1-2; Hebrews 12:1).
Whenever we default in keeping this covenant, we become slaves in the camp of the devil because we bear the image of the devil as we swim in the ocean of sin and rebellion.
James Strong Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible defines the term “conformed” to mean “to be fashioned like or shaped into the image or the picture of”
We are not to conform to the pattern, standard, dictates and ways of the world. We must not use the standard of the world as a pattern for our progress and existence. You don’t measure your success or standard of character and values by the standard of the world.
Every aspect of your life which conforms to the world standard must be transformed as a matter of urgency to the image of God. It is the change from one form to another. In the physics class, we were taught the process of change where an entity can be transformed from the solid state to liquid or gaseous state. This is illustrated with the boiling of water in the liquid state which becomes gaseous when it is steam.
Transformation means change and change means repentance. It is the creation of a new man. It is the movement from the natural and carnal state to spiritual state, from the state of spiritual decay to spiritual purity. The caterpillar transforms to the butterfly and does not revert to the caterpillar.
The process of transformation leads to spiritual fractional distillation where God filters the vices in you from the virtues.
However, the power to transform your image lies with God and you must submit to God before you can acquire such power.
Sadly, God’s children are busy working and sweating in God’s vineyard without an appreciable difference in their standard of life. They fall in and out of sin. They have spent years in the Lord, yet they remain divine run of the mill.
The transformation starts with the renewal of the mind. You cannot transform your life until you transform your mind. Most Christians receive the word of God with no impact upon their lives because the Word doesn’t take root in their minds.
As a result, their character cannot manifest God’s Word and divine lifestyle.
Their minds are still choked by the pleasures of the world. The old things are in them because their minds have no space to accommodate the new things of righteousness.
You cannot transform your life until you thirst and hunger for the virtues of God (Galatians 5:22-23). The process of transformation involves a conscious effort and perseverance to become the exact image God has designed you to be. When we walk before God in carnal inclinations, we keep conforming to the pattern and dictates of the world. The mind is like the steering that controls the movement of the car on the road or the autopilot.
God has released the power that could change everything about you. Don’t delay any more. This is the time to grab it.
God Bless you.
Baruch Okpulor, Author of Stop Existing! Start Living! Discover Who and What Your Are to Step Into Greatness and Abundance