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Seeds of the Kingdom

Time For Transformation

by Liz Griffin

Do not be shaped by this world; instead be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you; you will know what is good and pleasing to Him and what is perfect.
Romans 12:2, NCV

"Which side do you chew your food on?" the new dentist asked me when I went for a routine check up. "Well I`m not really aware of which side I chew my food on" I replied. He then told me I was only chewing on one side of my mouth and I needed to change that habit. I was causing my gums to be unhealthy.

It came as quite a surprise to learn this, as my gum problem has been going on for 50 years. It all started when I was at school and knocked my front tooth out. I must have been unconsciously trying to protect that side of my mouth from further damage or pain all these years.

It`s not been easy to change this habit, but since it was identified for me I`ve made an effort to leave behind my old way and try the new way. The result has been transformation.

It`s like that with our spiritual growth in the Lord. We need a revelation of what`s wrong with our old ways of thinking. It`s best to know the truth about ourselves. The Lord Jesus wants to reveal hidden things so that we can make choices to change our habits of a life time that are harmful to us and others. We can then decide we want to be `changed within by a new way of thinking`. It`s going to mean a transformation in our lives. We will be doing God`s will for our lives. We will be pleasing Him in the things we do.

`Do not be shaped by this world; instead be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you; you will know what is good and pleasing to Him and what is perfect` (Romans 12:2).

Prayer: Dear Lord, please show me what I should be changing within my life. Help me to understand Your ways and give up any of mine which aren`t right. Amen.

Liz Griffin lived for 20 years as an expatriate in South Africa, Bahrain and Japan, as her husband Paul worked for an international oil company. Paul and Liz became involved with Ellel Ministries in 1991 as part of the ministry team and joined the full-time team at Ellel Grange in 1995. Paul and Liz teach and minister to those seeking healing in their lives and together have written two books, 'Anger - How Do You Handle It' and 'Hope and Healing For The Abused'.

 

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