If I had to pick one word to summarize the Exchanged Life, I think it would be transformation.
You see, because we were born again by faith into Jesus’ family, we were transformed in our spirits into children of God.
Our old human nature in Adam was transformed into a human nature that receives its life from Jesus.
Sin has no hold or authority over us anymore.
We are transformed from sinners in Adam to saints in Christ Jesus.
Our souls are being transformed as we learn to put off our flesh and put on the mind of Jesus.
Paul exhorts us in Romans 12:1-2 to:
‘be transformed by the renewing of our minds so that we can know the will of God.’
What does this look like?
It means I have to learn to choose each day to set my mind on resting in the love and acceptance that I have in Jesus and allow His life to be my power source for dealing with everyday life and relationships.
The biggest problem is that operating in the flesh is our default system and we are conditioned to respond with these patterns to life around us.
In order to set aside these patterns, it helps to recognize what we have learned through the years.
When I am taking a client through their flesh patterns, I ask a series of questions like:
- “What are your escape routes?”
- “How do you people please?”
- “How do you get others to do what you want them to do?”
The answers to these questions and others will reveal their established flesh patterns.
It’s not until we realize that our flesh does not really work that we will seek to put it off and learn to think with the mind of Jesus.
How do we learn to think with the mind of Jesus?
We have to be in the Word and learn to hear and respond to the Spirit.
A great place to start is with the Who Am I list of verses.
Reviewing these verses over and over is a cleansing tonic for the mind.
When the enemy launches accusations and triggers insecurities, if we know how Papa sees us, we can counter Satan’s attacks with truth.
When a loved one rejects us, we can use our shield of faith in God’s acceptance of us to snuff out the fire of the arrow of rejection.
The more we bathe our minds in God’s Truth of our new identity in Him the more transformed we will be into His image.
Now, what I’m super excited about is that it looks like the final piece of our transformation is coming soon.
We are on the cusp of the Rapture of the Church.
When that happens, even our bodies will be transformed!
Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!