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Breaking the Chains of Your Holding Pattern

By on May 8, 2013

Romans 12:2- And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

This month of September is about change, growth and development. This year has brought about many shifts and alterations to our lives. Some things have been harder to handle than others but all of it has brought us to this place. Many of us have been crying out and waiting with anticipation for God to change our circumstances and the people around us. But God has come to say that in the midst of all that you are going through, the only thing that is under construction in this season is you!

Change is only a six letter word but it has so much meaning. Change means, “to make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of (something) different from what it is or what it would be if it were left alone.” The definition itself is enough to bring intimidation. God wants to take you and totally change your nature, content and future course. But before God can change anything about your circumstance or walk, He has to change your mindset. Our scripture for this first week of September is Romans 12:2. It begins with a command directed to your mind; “Be not conformed to this world.” Let’s take a natural and biblical look at what this means.

Naturally speaking God does not want you to be conformed, or to pattern yourself, after the world. The world, or the earth, is a circle. It has no direction and keeps going around itself over and over again. The earth doesn’t go anywhere. No matter how much progression it makes by the end of the day, it literally is right back where it started. Not only physically but the earth and the people in it find they repeat patterns and cycles. We have the same four seasons. If you even look throughout history you see how trends go in style, fall out and come right back in. You see waves of revolts and revolutions from groups that are passionate about their beliefs, raise up to bring about change that in a few years they have to fight for all over again because people lost sight of the cause. God does not want us to conform or pattern ourselves after a mindset that will keep us going in circles. God doesn’t want you repeating the same mistakes and making the same bad choices or holding on to the same things that will leave you bitter.

A biblical example of being conformed to this world is a man named Nicodemus. Nicodemus wanted to be saved and born again. He wanted to be changed and went to Jesus, the change maker, to learn how. But when Jesus told him he had to be born again he questioned if he could go back into his mother’s womb. Nicodemus could not wrap his mind around how a change like this could happen. Nicodemus is like us in so many ways. God has declared the call of change over our lives and we cannot image how we can physically do all that he is asking us to do. He has called us to be intercessors, prophets, teachers, pastors, healers, lovers of His people, to forgive, etc. And we cannot wrap our minds around how God can change us into something like this when we have spent our lives being rejected, disappointed and inconsistent.

We put so much pressure on ourselves to become something that we could never be without Christ and to become it right away. Remember, that part of the definition of change is becoming something you could never be if you were left alone. If God left us alone we could never become all he is calling us to. Only God can take our past and the reputation we have and transform it to the place that even the way people talk about us and to us is different. Only God can change the way you look at a situation that used to bring you pain, fear or anxiety and have it now cause you to give God praise and thanks. Only God can take a prideful coward and make them a bold and humble servant. Only God can take a mind that was conformed to the world and going in circles and break its cycles.

In this season God is going to change and transform our minds so that we can grow and develop and prove His good, acceptable and perfect will for our lives. We are about to go on a journey to become who we were born to be. I praise God for a chance to be “born again.” Now that we are clear that our mindset needs to change, we need direction on how to think and live in this new place. We are like infants and we need to learn how to speak, walk and see things differently than we ever have. I’m looking forward to learning how to grow, develop and become God’s best me, along with you in the weeks to come!

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