Romans 12:2- 2 Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Why is it that many believers who are filled with the Spirit of God struggle to be transformed in thought and in deed to the life in which the God of the universe has destined them to live; a life of freedom, a life of hope, a life of joy in spite of any and all circumstances? Why do believers struggle with all the trappings of the world? Why are broken families as normal in the homes of believers as in the homes of those in the world? Why do believers who have the power of the almighty God through His Ruach HaKodesh in them remain so powerless and ineffective? What can be done about this and how can these trends be reversed?
Our “situations” tend to gain complexity as we use worldly solutions to guide us to a life of peace and tranquility. What the body of Messiah Yeshua has clearly lost is the concept of the Spirit-formed life in Romans 12:2. Those in the world-wide community of faith in Messiah Yeshua (both Jew and Gentile) are the people of God and what we need to remember is that we are the people of God because God first acted on our behalf. He is the one who initiated the covenant relationship between us and Him. It is Yeshua, who provided the way or means by His atoning sacrifice/blood/covering and the
Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) was given to live in us and provides the power in us and through us on our behalf.
However sweet this knowledge is, it is not alone enough to transform us. What is needed in our knowledge of God is the presence of God and it is this presence that changes us. As part of the covenant people of God we are given the ability to abide in the Messiah and this abiding is what effects our transformation and conformation. Yet, before we kill our own transformation by legalistic works, we must realize that it is not the actions that we perform but rather it is being in the presence of God alone that changes us. This Spirit-formed change is a natural by-product of our relationship with God and our being drawn into His presence is His work in our lives and our goal of real spiritual change.
The power of God in our lives comes from the Ruach HaKodesh and as we yield our lives to and in Messiah, the power of the Ruach becomes evident in us. However, the yielding is a process for us and as we struggle to yield to the Ruach HaKodesh’s leading and guiding, we find that in Messiah there is no condemnation in this process which produces confidence, life and victory!
Romans 8:1-2- 1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Messiah Yeshua. 2 For the law of the Ruach of life in Messiah Yeshua has set you free from the law of sin and death.
It is in this process that we find that it is only in the presence of God that we are transformed. This becomes the work of the partnership between the Ruach HaKodesh and us. As we yield our lives to Him, we are drawn to deeper depths in His presence and we are further transformed. It is this change of being in God’s presence that does, and will, draw men unto Him.
As you reach to deeper depths in Messiah Yeshua and struggle against the ways of worldly distractions and sin and exchange them for the ways of the Ruach (Spirit) there is an important spiritual equation to grab hold of: It is the presence of God that makes us (you) into the people of God to accomplish the purposes of God in your life and in the life of others. Practice the presence!
Matthew 6:33- 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.