SHAPED IN INIQUITY
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”The spirit changes in an instant. The soul, however, and certainly the body, takes much longer. That is why you must begin learning from God’s Word, spending time with the Lord Jesus in pray, getting in fellowship with other believers, learning from godly teachers, and all the things you can do to renew your soul. The heart changes immediately. The soul changes much more slowly. The soul and body want to keep going back to the old things, the old friends, the old temptations, the old environment.
A CONSTANT BATTLE
A CALL TO ACTION
- Repent. Repentance releases a believer from ungodly thoughts. To repent is not just to be sorry for our sins, but to make a conscious change in order to come into agreement with God. This requires action.
- Allow God to change you from the inside out. The word “transform” in this passage of Scripture is same New Testament Greek word as “transfigured” in Matthew 17:2. Jesus reflected the glory of God. So we must be transformed to reflect God’s glory, and that can only happen when one’s heart and spirit come into agreement with God’s Word.
- Understand how crucial the warfare is, and how the battlefield is in your heart. This battle seeks for you to come into agreement with either God or satan. We must take action: “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). Truly, the choice is yours—moment by moment, day by day, year after year.
- Get into constant, persistent agreement with God. There is an awesome power in agreement. We are told in Deuteronomy 32:30 that one can “put chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight.” Seek constantly to be in agreement with God’s Word and the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
- Come into agreement by focusing on the right thoughts. A renewed mind, founded on the Word, begins to think more and more from God’s perspective: “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). This takes discipline. In fact, the word “disciple” in the Greek means “disciplined one.” Agreement with God requires study of His Word and asking Him to bring you in line with His will, not yours.