Everyone agrees that this has been a year unlike many of us have ever experienced! Myself, for one. Many have grown weary with all the unknowns that surround us.
Our enemy wants us to feel isolated, alone, and powerless—we are not! Jesus is still the head of the Church and the Spirit of the Lord is still moving throughout the earth! The weapons of our warfare are mighty and have not been diminished by the 21st century technology.
We must not be driven by the storms of life but navigate the storms from a point of orientation. We are a child of God, and God is shaking the earth to prepare us for the events to come. We are being refined and prepared!
I, personally, have had to do some soul searching in my own life. As a child of God, we must discern the signs of the seasons. God gives us a clear blueprint in His Word.
I found myself getting agitated and frustrated with the virus, the riots and constant changing news of what was going on. The Holy Spirit brought to my remembrance Isaiah 26:3, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” This was a wake-up call!
Where was my mind? What is my trust in? As I meditated this scripture, I realized just how easy it was to slip back into the influence of the world.
Romans 12:2 (NASB) says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Renewing our mind is not a one-time experience and it’s done! It is a daily, intentional purpose to know the ways of God. As a new creation in Christ Jesus, we must learn the ways of the Kingdom of Heaven, so God’s desire of bringing heaven to earth can be done.
He is depending on you and me to learn to hear His voice so that we can follow Him. He has promised us an abundant life on earth! (John 10:10) This is not an abundance of earthly things, it is righteousness, joy and peace in the Holy Spirit. (Romans 14:17). God knows we need things in this world, things are a product of obedience, by seeking first the Kingdom of God! (Matthew 16:33)/
We need to understand the mystery of transformation. Only God can transform an ugly thorn bush into a beautiful rose bush!
I cannot transform myself, but I can create the conditions in which spiritual transformation can take place. As a born-again child of God, I have the privilege of changing the way I exist in this world—from an ugly thorn bush to a beautiful rose bush. One thing we must remember— roses bloom in season, but thorns are always there. I call this finding the rhythm of grace. Only by the grace of God can spiritual transformation take place, from the deepest desire of our heart.
We must choose a way of life that opens us to the presence of God in our deepest desire and longings. This desire will take us to a place of discipline in our daily life. The habits and disciplines we use will shape our desire for the basis of our spiritual life.
As I study the life of Jesus as He walked in this world, I find that Jesus routinely asked people questions that help them pull from their deepest desire and name it in His presence. When Jesus encountered blind Bartimaeus on the Jericho road, He asked a question, “What do you want me to do for you?” (Mark 10:51)
If I had been blind Bartimaeus, I would have thought it was obvious! Jesus was helping Bartimaeus understand His need for God. The question penetrated to his deepest desire, to see. He had to strip away all the external challenges and cry out to God from his deepest desire.
John 16:24 tells us, “… ask and you will receive that your joy may be full.” Asking is the place of surrender! God, I cannot do this on my own, I need you.
Psalms 37:4 says, “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.”
Your transformation begins with a longing that stirs way down deep, under the noise and activities of our life. It is not always comfortable to confront pride, selfish ambition, self-protection, and many other motives that lurk from our old life.
Spiritual fatigue syndrome comes from “unresolved issues of the soul (mind)” that come from an unrenewed mind.
As I searched my heart, I repented, and purposed to keep myself in a place where continuous transformation could be birthed within me to receive the joy of the Lord, which is my strength! (Neh. 8:10)
I end with another question from Jesus, John 5:6 asks, “Do you want to be made well?” In other words, do you want it bad enough to do something about it?