How the Spirit Can Transform Your Thinking # 2 ~ blog
Yesterday we learned that there is a transformation that can take place by the renewing of our mind. This part of our transformation is in our hands because the renewal of our minds is directly linked to what we are putting into our minds.
Jesus rebuked satan himself when He was tempted after a 40 day fast, in the desert, and satan’s suggestion that He could just turn the stones into bread. To which He replied;
“It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone,
but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
As our physical health is directly linked to the food we consume so also our quality of life is linked to reading and meditating on the Bible. It is God’s spiritual food for us to strengthen us and help us know the truth. It not only impacts us spiritually but physically, mentally and emotionally as well.
So, right now if your health depended on
your diet from the Word of God
how healthy would you be?
Enough of a guilt trip … let’s move on to the 2nd place in the Bible where the word transformation is used in regard to us being changed into godlier and Christ-like believers. We find it in 2 Corinthians 3:18;
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
This passage is going to take some explanation because of the context in which it is found. Paul is talking about the New Covenant that God now has with us through the finished work of Jesus’ death and resurrection. The Old Covenant was represented by the Law and specifically the 10 Commandments.
It was an incredible moment when God appeared to Moses on the Mt. Sinai and carved the 10 Commandments into stone tablets and gave them to Moses to take down the mountain. They literally had words from The God of all Gods written down for them. However, the Law did not bring freedom but instead became something that ruled over them only to show them how sinful they really were and how unable they were to keep the Law. That is the Old Covenant of the Law and it resulted in condemnation and guilt, and ultimately It brought death
Christ has completely changed that. He has created for us a New Covenant. And this New Covenant is far greater. It is not based on the Law and our ability to keep it. It is based on Christ fulfilling the law for us and now the Spirit is our connection and the Spirit gives us life.
What this passage teaches us is that there is a transformation happening in us when we, with unveiled faces, contemplate the Lord’s glory. What the heck does that mean and how do we do it?
We are told that we are to contemplate the Lord’s glory with unveiled faces. I interpret that to mean that we are to live each day with our focus on Jesus and not be wearing a veil which is meant to hide things. I believe it is telling us to be focused on Jesus with complete honesty and in no way being phony. Bringing ourselves with all of our failures and weaknesses into the presence of Jesus and focusing on His love for us and His glory.
It means as we are told in Hebrews 12:1-2;
“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith…”
It means making Jesus our focus instead of porn. It means being spiritually nourished by the Word of God and fixing our eyes on Jesus who gave us the faith to believe and will ultimately perfect our faith.
Think about how much time you have spent viewing porn and engaging in sexual immorality? I have one man that I coached and his answer to that question was over 10,000 hours. That is 416 days of porn. That equated to 1.14 years of his life. He was shocked by that. This highly addictive behavior had so consumed him that he spent over one full year of his life sexually acting out.
Is it any wonder that breaking free from this addictive behavior is difficult? Instead of fixing our eyes on Jesus we are watching porn and sexual sin. And Paul reminds us that the wages of sin is death.
That is what I was experiencing when I was in my addiction. I was not fixing my eyes on Jesus. I was not laying aside the sin that so easily entangled me. I was not contemplating the glory of the Lord. I was wallowing in the sewer of life and telling myself it was not really hurting me. I was wrong … dead wrong.
Tomorrow I will explain how we can correct that with instead of looking at more porn we fix our eyes on Jesus and how the Spirit will use that to transform us from being sexually addicted to being free to walk in purity.