Monday, March 14, 2011

Get "The World" Out Of You!

If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you (John 15:19).

The day you were born again you became a brand new person: "Therefore if any man be in Christ he is a new creation: Old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new" (2 Corinthians 5:17). From that point, you were called out of the world and its system and transferred into God's Kingdom. However, though you've been taken out of the world as it were, you've got to get the world out of you. Let me give you a simple example.

Imagine a street urchin who meets a wealthy aristocrat. Upon seeing him, the aristocrat sympathizes with him, and then takes him into his wealthy household to live with him. For the first few weeks or even months, that street guy will be uneasy around the spotless and sparkling house of the aristocrat. At the dining table for instance, he wont know what piece of cutlery to use. That means though he has been taken off the streets, the life of the streets is still in him and he must now be re-oriented and trained to think like a noble person.

This is the same way it is for some folks: though God has saved them and brought them into the Kingdom, their minds still retain information from the world, hence they've come into the Kingdom with a lot of the world in them as it were. This is why the Bible says "Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Romans 12:2). Through the transforming power of His Word, God is able to get everything of the world out of you and give you a new way of thinking.

This is also the reason we pray, for through prayer, your spirit is reprogrammed and conditioned in a way that positions you rightly for the God-life.

Dear Father, I thank you for calling me out of the world into your glorious Kingdom! And I thank you for the day-to-day renewal of my mind and transformation of my soul and spirit through your Word. Today, as I fellowship with you through prayer and study of your Word, I am encouraged to think more like Jesus. Amen.

Rhapsody of Realities March 21, 2009
-Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

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