The Great Exchange
31 Mar 2018
Jesus came to give us resurrected lives; we now have an opportunity to walk in the redemption He provided for us. Because of what He did, we can take our lives to another level and supernaturally rise to new abilities. Jesus put right everything that had been wrong since Adam and Eve’s sin; He revoked the curses that held power over the people and replaced them with blessings. We escape our old lives and receive new ones when we get born again. Because of this new life He gave us, we must avoid holding on to thoughts from our pasts and instead embrace our new mindsets. Now that we have received salvation, there is no reason to go back to living like we lived before we were saved. We are free to undergo a holy transformation so that we can carry out our redemption.
- Real transformation begins with a change in thinking. This liberates us.
- I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship. 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 12:1, 2, AMPC).
- God wants us to make a decisive dedication to live a life of redemption.
- We must not stay the same; our lives must change when we embrace the transformation God wants for us.
- Specifically, we must change the way we think. Old ways of thinking trapped us into being sick and hoping to be healed, struggling financially and hoping for money, and being stressed out, worried, and panicked.
- Change, in this context, means to go through a process so that our lives are altered and transformed.
- When Jesus died for us, He changed the conditions under which we live. We no longer have to stay in the place of bondage and spiritual death that resulted from Adam and Eve’s sin.
- We are no longer separated from God in a place of fear, bondage, lack, insufficiency, or brokenness.
- God brought about a metamorphosis so that we no longer have to crawl and beg Him to do something in our lives. We can now fly over our circumstances.
- Change is a way we mature and develop in the things of God.
- For the commandment is a lamp, and the whole teaching [of the law] is light, and reproofs of discipline are the way of life(Proverbs 6:23, AMPC).
- The words reproof, instruction, and correction all indicate change.
- Change is a way of life. We are free to change; we are not stranded in a place of doom and damnation.
- And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude], And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness. Therefore, rejecting all falsity and being done now with it, let everyone express the truth with his neighbor, for we are all parts of one body and members one of another(Ephesians 4:23-25, AMPC).
- Renewing the mind is not simply learning new information. It is putting on the new while taking off the old.
- “Constantly” means every time, at every opportunity, and consistently. Consistency is the key to breakthrough.
- We must put on the righteousness of God and put away our old nature and way of thinking.
- If we want to experience change, we must use the Word of God as a guide.
- And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them the fruit of the land...And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we. And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight (Numbers 13:26, 30-33).
- This is an example of how we can hold on to our past and our negative attitudes. This prevents us from receiving the promises of God.
- The children of Israel were only supposed to be in the wilderness for eleven days, but their ordeal turned into a forty-year journey because of their attitude. For us, having the wrong attitude in life keeps us stuck in a situation until we start thinking the way God wants us to think.
- The people factored whether they could win or lose based on what they saw for themselves, not on what God said. Our thinking must be in line with His Word.
- To them, the giants they saw were bigger than what God could do in their lives. Their mindset was one of inferiority and inadequacy.
- If any man has ears to hear, let him be listening and let him perceive and comprehend. And He said to them, Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you—and more [besides] will be given to you who hear. For to him who has will more be given; and from him who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away [by force], And He said, The kingdom of God is like a man who scatters seed upon the ground (Mark 4:23-26, AMPC).
- To develop our faith, we must continually hear the Word.
- Whatever we are listening to and paying attention to is what will grow and get stronger in our lives.
- So get rid of all uncleanness and the rampant outgrowth of wickedness, and in a humble (gentle, modest) spirit receive and welcome the Word which implanted and rooted [in your hearts] contains the power to save your souls. But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth]. For if anyone only listens to the Word without obeying it and being a doer of it, he is like a man who looks carefully at his [own] natural face in a mirror; For he thoughtfully observes himself, and then goes off and promptly forgets what he was like. But he who looks carefully into the faultless law, the [law] of liberty, and is faithful to it and perseveres in looking into it, being not a heedless listener who forgets but an active doer [who obeys], he shall be blessed in his doing (his life of obedience) (James 1:21-25, AMPC).
- We must move away from self-centered thinking.
- To experience the great exchange that Jesus died for us to receive, we should consciously choose to receive God’s Word for ourselves.
- We must not simply go through the motions, but instead apply what we hear to our lives.
Romans 12:1, 2, AMPC
Proverbs 6:23, AMPC
Ephesians 4:23-25, AMPC
Numbers 13:26, 30-33
Mark 4:23-26, AMPC
James 1:21-25, AMPC