And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you] (Romans 12:2 AMP).
We are asking the question, what comes with our new identity in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17) and today, I’m writing about ‘A NEW REASONING AND UNDERSTANDING’.
One of the major things that Paul prayed for his converts was wisdom and revelation. Paul said… [I always pray] that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may grant you A SPIRIT OF WISDOM AND OF REVELATION [that gives you a deep and personal and intimate insight] into the true knowledge of Him [for we know the Father through the Son]. And [I pray] that the eyes of your heart [the very center and core of your being] may be enlightened [flooded with light by the Holy Spirit], so that you will know and cherish the hope [the divine guarantee, the confident expectation] to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints (God’s people) (Ephesians 1:17-18 AMP)
With our new identity should come a new understanding of our life and purpose and what’s been made available to us. Without this understanding, we would still be eating from the garbage can instead of dining on the Kings table where we should be seated. This new understanding is what informs the thinking and actions of our dear Princess Kate. She knows that her level has changed.
As God’s adopted children, one of the first things that needs to register in our minds is that we are not to be conformed to the philosophies of this world anymore. Our entire perspective about life (and even about death) changes. Paul said… For to me, to live is Christ [He is my source of joy, my reason to live] and to die is gain [for I will be with Him in eternity] (Philippians 1:21 AMP).
We should now understand things through God’s plan, purpose and present involvement. When we truly know that God’s the One in control, we shift our focus from what the devil is doing to what God is up to?
I’m sure it disappoints the Lord when He says… My people perish for lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). This is because the enemy would continue to reign in the areas of our ignorance; in areas where we are in the dark because that’s his territory.
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
Continue to meditate on this… But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9 NKJV)