I have begun a paradymn shift. It is unusual to say the least to think a new way from all one has learned all their lives to be true to them at that time.
Believing God created everything and everything that was created was by Him. Odd sentence, but true. All that He created has a set of immutable rules as to how it was created and if it changed it would no longer be what it was created to be. If whatever it is changes it becomes imperfect or not according to what its created intention was for. It would create chaos.
Everything God created is perfect. No matter what it is. Laws of Physics becomes the rule. In the infinite realm all things were created. Take for instance the story of creation. All that we see on this earth was created and on the first day I see it as the first day of time. I also take into consideration that time may have actually started when Adam and Eve fell from their appointed positions as overseers of this earthly realm. It’s debatable, I suppose.
I feel I’m losing perspective so let me refocus here. God put everything into motion. Again, deviating from that can only destroy itself as to whatever it is. My perspective of satan is that he was a purposely created being to counterbalance and test man. His taking on the form of a serpent in the garden tells us he had already obtained much power. Still he had limitations as we see in the Book of Job.
“Very well,” the Lord told Satan, “everything he owns is in your power. However, you must not lay a hand on Job himself.” So Satan left the Lord’s presence. – Job 1:12
The battle for man is to change man’s heart and mind away from God. God allows this because He wants us to recognize Him for who He is and desire to be with Him of our own free will. God doesn’t want robots. The truest down-to-earth soul searching is done to prove a man of this. Job was sorely tested, yet he learned the want for God is far greater than allowing evil to pervade his life. The test was a life-or-death situation that we all face. If we accept God’s provision, we gain eternal life with Him. Otherwise, we die miserably under the rule of a despot named satan. Satan intends to destroy all of God’s creation. However, he does not know that all his power is self-destructing and cannot win under any circumstances.
The simple laws of math are far more powerful than we use to count change back at a cash register. Multiplication and Division are opposites. All that God does multiplies. All that the evil one does divides. Simple, eh? So it seems it is a statement that holds little value, yet it holds the entire universe together.
What I am now seeing is so far from what I knew. I feel I will not do justice to what was dropped into my spirit. I will attempt this subject anyway.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. – Romans 12:2
First we are charged by scripture to have a change of mind. In the above scripture it speaks of “renewing” our minds. The original language for renewing translates to the thought of renovation or a complete change for the better.
So I’m back to saying that God’s mind processes thought from the infinite. We process thought from the finite. We are encouraged to put on the mind of Christ. That is to say, we should no longer think from the finite realm. We should begin to think from the infinite realm where God is. The possibilities of existence will expand so much that we begin to understand the nature of the supernatural realm. If we are to understand God we have to draw closer to Him. In the drawing closer, our thought process has to change.
I believe in the verse in Romans 12:2 is a progression of stepping closer. He starts with his good will. The core definition of the word “good” is useful, or salutary. The word salutary is defined as wholesome; healthful; promoting health. God wants us to have good health. When are bodies line up with scripture our mind becomes clearer.
The “acceptable” will draws us a step closer after we recognize that we have divine health first, but now we are well-pleasing (especially to God). Understanding acceptability lets us know we can please God. The rendering or surrendering of our lives to God should show us we have a nature of well-being in the natural realm. It creates a sense of our knowing God is pleased with us.
A lot of what I’m attempting to say is a process that can be however long it takes to get to this last stage. I must digress for a moment to present another thought. These three stages can be described in speaking of the three stages of the life of humanity.
First there is the stage of childhood. The growth process starts our journey. We learn to do the things that helps us subsist in the natural realm. And as I’ve noted doing the right things will promote good health. What we do when we begin our walk through life determines a lot on how we grow and age into the next stages.
Then there is adulthood or the middle age where we apply the fundamentals of what we learned early on. All that we do in our middle years builds on the foundation of our childhood. But the process is refined as we age. Understanding life never stops. There is always more to learn. We are continually growing. We will likely see many shifts in our thinking as time progresses.
As we approach the end of the middle stage we hopefully have proven to God (more likely proven to ourselves) that we understand that we have pleased Him. Yet we still operate from the earthly realm of thought. It is said that in the fifth decade of life man (men and women) begin to explore the spiritual side of things. I feel that our minds begins the shift from the natural to the spirit. So here I am at the last of Romans 12:2.
The “perfect” will of God is consummate. It doesn’t mean what so many attribute to it. Perfection comes with time. Understanding God comes with time. The change from finite thought to infinite thinking comes with age. I’m not necessarily looking at how old the body gets in this whole scheme of things, but the comparison comes from using a full age of man. At any time of a person’s life this level of thinking can be found out.
As for me, I have thought from the earthly realm most of my life. Oh, I did start searching for my spiritual side when I hit my fifties. Then just the last year I’ve become aware of a yearning to know more about my Father. After all, I’m reaching the point that I have less life here in front of me that I had behind me. God has been kind enough to allow me to come to understand the “perfect” will of God.
The original Greek word of perfect is “complete” (in various applications of labor, growth, mental and moral character, etc.) completeness:–of full age, man, perfect.
I have listed below different thoughts that comes straight from Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.
1) brought to its end, finished
2) wanting nothing necessary to completeness
4) that which is perfect
4a) consummate human integrity and virtue
4b) of men
4b1) full grown, adult, of full age, mature
So, I’ve rambled on a lot, but I will come to conclusion that obtaining the mind of Christ is a process that takes however long one goes through to the full grown, adult stage of maturity. Thinking from God’s perspective is a process. With that said I find way too many people struggle with their day to day issues and never focus on what God wants us to persue. If we stop for moment and reprioritize our thinking process towards shifting our thinking to how God thinks (putting on the mind of Christ) we will find all the chaotic situations around us fade away. Think like God from the infinite realm. Possibilites become more of a reality.
Don’t limit yourself to this finite realm of thinking. Surrender your life to Him and He will revolutionize your perspective of life and understanding.