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. (Romans 12:2 KJV)
In the last capsule we started on how to change the course of your thought life using Romans 12:2 as our text. This is a constant continuous thing, a work in progress. Starting from capsule 12 we've said a lot of things and to most they are counter culture. For instance one of my readers was shocked to find out what it means to walk in the spirit or to be spiritually minded. For the first time he spent time considering the scriptures and with help of the Holy Spirit , he came to the same conclusion. The resultant effect of this is that he is free from the manipulation of man (John 8:31-32). People have unknowingly or knowingly complicated things when the bible did not intend it to be so. Just a word on that, as you are guided by the word or walk in the spirit, consequently you become sensitive to things spiritual (Hebrews 5:14).
As we continue, keep in mind these three words 'GUARD, WALK and RENEW'. GUARD your heart, WALK in the spirit, RENEW your mind. That is the summary of our discussion so far. Let's continue, the second part of our index scripture says
'.....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'
The word transformed, means changed, or metamorphosized. The picture example is this, a (ugly, undesirable) caterpillar transforms to a (beautiful, highly sort after) butterfly.
In fact one does not bear resemblance to the other, yet they are one and the same organism. When you become 'born again' you are like the caterpillar, whether you become a butterfly depends on you. Genetically the caterpillar is the exact replica of the butterfly, molecule for molecule, DNA for DNA, but one is immature the other is mature, one is vulnerable the other can fly away from danger.
Secondly, transformation by renewing your mind is in stages, caterpillar to pupa and then butterfly. Lastly, it says by doing this you prove what is the good, and acceptable and perfect will of God. The word prove means to make manifest to your senses, to bring to physical reality the will of God. It also presupposes that you know the will of God!
Let me show you how this goes, 3John 2 tells you that the will of God above all things is for you to be in health and prosper as your soul prospers. The way you prove this or make it manifest to your physical senses or bring it to physical manifestation is by RENEWING YOUR MIND!!! It is virtually impossible to renew your mind if you are not certain of the will of God. That is why we spent the first 7 capsules establishing the fact that it is always God's will that you walk in good health, He will never refuse to heal you and would not put sickness or disease on you.
In the next capsule, we will get into the workings of how to renew your mind, It is simple but not easy. We would continue with this scholarly approach so that you can grasp the basics and your freedom can be total, that is my sole desire (Ephesians 4:12-14). Remember the spiritual can and should be taught.
GUARD, WALK AND RENEW, SO THAT YOU MIGHT PROVE OR MAKE MANIFEST THE WILL OF GOD.