We studied about revival yesterday and this morning I thought, 'now that I understand what revival is, I think I need transformed'. So guess what our study will be this morning. How to be transformed. The dictionary explains it this way, 'to be changed markedly in form or in appearance'. There is one verse in the Bible that uses the word 'transformed'.
Romans 12:2 "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."
Transformation starts in the mind. We have to feel the need of a reformed life, otherwise why would we even think about being transformed. Think about your life, what do you need changed? Is it your appearance? Is it your speech? Is it your diet? Is it your daily habits? Let's think about these things for just a few minutes.
1 Timothy 2:9 "In like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works." In Bible times women braided gold strands and pearls into their hair and also into their clothing to attract the wrong kind of attention. I am sure there is nothing wrong with braids, it's what we do with them. You can almost always spot a Christian woman by their appearance.
Colossians 4:6 "Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one." What is your speech like, is it always with grace? You can most always spot a Christian when you listen to their speech. Isn't that right?
Genesis 1:29 "And God said, 'See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed to you it shall be for food." This was the original diet that God gave man. After the flood when there was no vegetation when they came out of the ark, God gave them permission to eat flesh meat of clean animals. That is one reason that seven clean were taken in the ark and only two of the unclean. So they would have food, it also shortened their life span as you can see if you study their spans of life from Adam to those after the flood. So our very best diet is a plant based diet, without animal products. They have done a study on diet and life span and they have found that the longest life span and the healthiest is those that have followed a plant based diet.
Habits of life:
This could cover so many areas of life that I can't possibly cover them in this study, but I will mention a few that probably some will find that they could work on them. I think the very best habit to form is the habit of getting up early and spending time with God. This habit will really take a lot of other habits that we have formed, into account, that need to be changed. You will find that the more time you spend with God, the more you will want to be like Him and all the bad habits will disappear as you grow in His likeness. Isn't that right? So whether its cleanliness, cluttering, diet, speech or appearance, the closer you come to Jesus, He will take care of all the bad habits and replace them with good ones.
Transform Me, Please, is my prayer for myself and for those of you who need God's help in transforming your life. May God answer our prayers for transformation of character and life. Grandma Joan.