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Transformed By the Power Of God
by Shanna George
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Jun 17, 2006

Rom 12:2 And be not fashioned according to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, and ye may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

The disciples were ordinary men, just as we are ordinary "Called Out Ones, they were called of God, to leave their nets and secular positions to follow Christ.
Mar 10:29 Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or mother, or father, or children, or lands, for my sake, and for the gospel's sake,

These men struggled with their faith, having seen miracles take place before them, and shortly after they had forgotten what had just taken place and were in unbelief. They struggled with pride and the fear of man, they denied Christ and even abandoned him, not a whole lot different then we are at times.

The disciples did many miracles, because the Lord was upon them and in the disciples, just as He was David in His mighty exploits, Samson and many of those who were mighty men of God, God was with them.

These men went through a radical change that made them powerful men of God, and men of faith. What brought about that change? It was the power of God, they RECEIVED, the Holy Ghost, the Holy Spirit actually came into them. John 20:23. They were changed by the power of God, when they received His fullness. The baptism was even more power given to them to boldly preach the word fearlessly

The difference here is that when we are born again, our spirits are regenerated, it is like getting a seed, that has been planted within us, and it needs light, it needs to be watered, and it needs to grow, When we receive the Holy Spirit in the baptism of the Holy Spirit, it is not the fullness, it is not the means to an end, it is really only the beginning. Pentecost is not the end it is the beginning, there is much more to come.

But today, I want to share with you revelation about this change the disciples experienced and how you can receive it.

These men were transformed by the power of God, they were given the light of God. God is light and there is no darkness in Him, he is all light. And when Jesus Christ was transfigured on the MT. of Olives, the disciples saw Him as white as light.

Mat 17:1 And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart:

Mat 17:2 and he was transfigured before them; and his face did shine as the sun, and his garments became white as the light.

Now that word transfigured is the same word used in Romans 12 :2 Transformed

Rom 12:2 And be not fashioned according to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, and ye may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Metamorphoo-Literally or figuratively is Metamorphose, change, transfigure, transform. The same process that transforms a caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly. both transfigured in Matt 17:1 and the word transformed in Romans 12:2, have the exact same meaning.

So how are we transformed into this new man by the spirit. It is by the amount of light we receive from the Lord, and the word. Jesus is the word, He is the light, so just by His being with disciples brought much light into their lives. So the more of the word and the Lord's Presence you take into your lives the more light you will have. The world is full of darkness, you cannot get light in the world, it is through Christ who gives us light, He does it as we study His word, He does it as we abide in him, He does it as we learn to tune in to the Spirit. As we abide in Him, that life that flows into us just like into the vine is the light of the Holy
Spirit, that we receive continually as we cling to Him. He gives us wisdom and understanding, as we tune into Him, by listening in our hearts to what he is saying.

You cannot get the things of the spirit from listening to a sermon that comes from the intellect, or head knowledge, it is only spiritually discerned, and it comes about through listening to your heart where He resides, and walking in the Spirit.

The word says that thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105, The entrance of the words giveth light, it giveth understanding to the simple. Psalms 119:130.

We need the light and the disciples were clearly transformed by the light of the Holy Spirit when they received Him. When we are born again, we do not get that fullness but what we do receive from the spirit the seed which must be tended like a garden. We are responsible to seek the Lord, and to learn as much from him as possible.

The reason so many are not living the overcoming life is because they have not been transformed by the renewing of their mind with the word of God, and they do not make the things of the spirit their priority. They are not walking in the Spirit, but the dictates of their own flesh.
1Jo 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him and walk in the darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

Men love darkness because their deeds are evil. Light exposes the darkness that is why people do not want the light, they want to walk half way in the world and halfway in the Lord, but brothers and sisters that is why you stumble, that is why you cannot handle certain situations, because there is not enough light in You. What will you do when the Lord brings judgment to the earth, how will you handle disaster after disaster in your own home territory, with out the fullness of the Holy Spirit, you cannot stand. you must make Him everything in your life, He will not settle for piece meal.

Do you understand? this is why Paul and the disciples were able to suffer great persecution, because they had the power of God, it was unmistakable, and all the trials they went through. Paul was raised from the dead. It was the power of God, what do you think is the power of God, it is His glory, it is His light, He glory is His light.

Rev 21:23 And the city hath no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine upon it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the lamp thereof is the Lamb.

Rev 21:24 And the nations shall walk amidst the light thereof: and the kings of the earth bring their glory into it.

Rev 21:11 having the glory of God: her light was like unto a stone most precious, as it were a jasper stone, clear as crystal:

When you walk in the flesh there is no light, when you walk in the spirit, you are filled with light, and everyone that comes in touch with you, knows that you are full of God. Why? God is light, and their is no darkness in Him. Darkness is the absence of light, so then if you are not full of God, then you are still in darkness. So if you are walking in darkness or in the flesh, you are not in the spirit and God is not in You. Something to think about.

Rom 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you. But if any man hath not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

So the fullness of God, comes from being transformed by the renewing of the mind. By being filled with His light. Having no part of the world, the flesh and the devil. it is not an instant trans formation process, that is why the word says to:

Rom 12:2 And be not fashioned according to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, and ye may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

I want to look at something else here.in 1 Corinthians 15:52, it is not talking about the same thing
1Co 15:52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. the word is in the Greek is : allaso meaning to make different to change. This is the changing of the body from flesh to a spiritual body.

What is being transformed by the renewing of the mind, is the soul which is the mind, will and emotions. This is what must be changed into Christ's image.

It is this change, the metamorphose that changes us from the caterpillar to the butterfly. It is only by the fullness of the spirit, His light, Hi His glory that we will do those things that are greater then He did.

To be able to overcome even in persecution, and martyrdom. We need more of the Holy Spirit, we need to be transformed, by metamorphose.

Greater is He who is in us, then He who is in the world. This is true when we have the Holy spirit , living and powerful in our life. We cannot overcome the devil without walking in the Holy spirit, and full of light.

He is darkness and he cannot be overcome except by light. God is light and you will be full of His light and glory when you will receive all of Him by renewing your mind and filling your spirit with the things of the spirit.

Luk 11:34 The lamp of thy body is thine eye: when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when it is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.

Being single minded means the word simplicity which means singleness of mind, it means toward God ONLY. duplicity is double minded , which James says is unstable in all of his ways. So to be filled with His light we must have your focus on Him only. What you take in with your eyes, what you look at, what you read, this determines the light that you receive from the Lord. gaze upon the Lord and he will fill you with His light, and you will be transformed from a caterpillar to a butterfly.

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