Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]. Romans 12:2
God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.
A Christian, is a person who has believed in their heart and confessed with their mouth that Jesus is Lord, and has also turned away from sin, in pursuit of God Himself. The Holy spirit gives us the desire and the will to become more Christlike. And when we encounter the love God has for us, we are able to respond to His love.
Although believers are not transformed at once, God does an initial work in each soul in turning the person’s mind from sin-conscious to God-conscious. Some people are delivered from certain things at once, like addictions, compulsive disorders, insomnia, mental issues, illness or disease, etc. While other people must go through a process of deliverance. The bible says that some spirits do not go out except by peayer and fasting. And this is the process of putting away what satisfues the flesh for a while, and seeking God in prayer and in the scriptures.
Transformation or conversion is a work of God, in each soul. He gradually turns the heart and nature of a person from sin to holiness. A change of nature occurs, and this process can only be done, when God’s Holy Spirit is present and working in the individual’s life and the individual is willing to receive God’s work. God cannot change you without your consent.
For instance, Saint Peter was a Christ follower, a Christian per say. Jesus tells Peter, “Satan has desired to sift you as wheat, but I have prayed for you so that when you are converted you may strengthen your brothers and sisters in the faith”. Jesus declared to Peter, that he would deny knowing Him and Peter denied being able to do such a thing. But what Peter was unaware that he had not yet been transformed to God’s nature, and so in fear of man he denied the Lord. When Peter came to his senses, the guilt he felt led him to repentance, which brought about a conversion of his soul (mind, heart and will). And this transformation brought him to be able to speak to millions and trillions of people, even today through his participation in writing the bible.
Father God, thank you for all you have done and for the processes you have allowed to show us the right path to take. I present to you, each person who is battling with things from their human nature, may you give them the victory over these things. I ask that you prepare us for the next changes you will for our lives. May you break chains that hold us captive to certain things, and destroy strongholds that keep us stuck in any area of our lives. In Jesus name, Amen.