November 3, 2018
I realize more and more, that although we have been born again by the Holy Spirit as new creations, our old self still carries the old thoughts and habits.
Ephesians 4:17-22 wrote that we could still manifest the nature of our old self, although we are now living as new creations.
Ephesians 4:22-23 (KJV) That ye put off concerning the FORMER CONVERSATION OF THE OLD MAN, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
The KJV translation wrote “the former conversation the old man”. The word “conversation” is taken from the Greek “anastrophe”, meaning: manner of life, conduct, behaviour, deportment.
From the verse and the original word, I received an understanding. Whether we realize or not, the life we lived for so long have molded our heart attitude, mindset, perspective, behavior and habits; that’s our old self. The old self has rooted strongly in the spirit/nature of our mind.
For example: someone who has the habit of stealing, surely has the nature of a thief. At first, they may steal out of needs. But then, they start to enjoy it, and stealing becomes their habit. Their mind starts to harbor various ideas, thoughts, and ‘shortcuts’ to get what they want, while being ignorant with the consequences. The person will connect every situation and condition they face with the nature they harbor.
Situations and conditions will also determine the person’s impact. If their social status is low, the thief will steal petty things at most. But if their social status and position is high, the nature of a thief could shape them into a corruptor!
Now, we must SHED this nature of our old self! And there is only one way to do so: BE RENEWED IN THE SPIRIT OF YOUR MIND (Eph 4:23, NKJV)!
Undergo the renewing of mind (“metamorpho”) by the word. Because only the word could make us live as new creations; for God’s DIVINE NATURE is contained within the word (2 Pet 1:4).
In principle, fight the old nature with the new nature contained in the word. Matthew 4:4 (NKJV) wrote, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God”.
Holy Spirit has given the proceeding word to a spiritual father. Through our spiritual father, we learn to accept God’s word delivered through them. And when we live that word, we’ll start to enjoy the true knowledge of God just like our spiritual father. Because they have firstly lived and practiced the word (Prov 2)!
1. Make your decision to live according to the word; no longer taking the word as a mere sermon or spiritual knowledge
2. Have the interest and determination to build in perseverance
Because without perseverance, we will never finish what we’ve start building.
How could we build well if we only listen to God’s word during Sunday services (which sometimes only last for 45 minutes)? Just imagine, there is no house which can be built if it’s only built for 45 minutes each week! We will only see an unfinished construction site filled with bushes – inhabitable!
3. Whether we like it or not, we must build the lifestyle of word meditation, so the word could influence our mindset and perception
Re-train our mouth to always speak the word. Because life and death are in the power of the tongue (Prov 18:20-21). Those who are diligent in speaking the word will enjoy its fruit.
4. Start to deliberately associate the word we speak with our daily life, and imagine the word becoming real in our lives
Do it this way. Pray in tongues and feel our heart. If our heart is stirred, it shows that the work of the word and Spirit has been activated. However, if our mind still rejects the word we declare, repeat the word declaration again. Do this until we successfully reconfigure our mind. And once our mind is set correctly, the desired result will show.
Let’s take a smartphone for example. It needs to be configured the right way before we could use it. Without the right configuration, a smartphone is as useful as a brick. The same goes with our life. If we experience the unwanted things over and over, it shows that there is a wrong configuration within.
So, start involving the Holy Spirit. Let Him shows the aspects that still hinder us to live as new creations (areas where we still stumble again and again).
5. When praying in tongues, we will receive impressions; use them for declaration
Holy Spirit will help us. He will even give us simple instructions and directions to follow. Do it until they become a new habit!
If we do this in perseverance, I believe that our mind will be reconfigured according to the word. We will shift from the mode called “old self” into our new self. The more aspects of our lives being renewed, the more we could enjoy a victorious life as new creations! #iLoveGod
Ps. Steven Agustinus