Have you ever woke up in the morning with an all-consuming sense of praise in your heart and complete assurance that God was in charge of the day? What a wonderful blessing those days are. So why isn’t every day filled with such joy and confidence? God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, so it’s not Him that changed. I suspect it often has something to do with our God-given, yet very fickle emotions.
Whether we wake up with feelings of praise and adoration for our Maker or fear and dread for what the day will bring, it’s what we do with those feelings that matters. Romans 12:2 tells us not to be conformed to this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. The word transformed is translated metamorphosis which means to change from one thing into another thing. So how do we transform or change our current thoughts and feelings from one thing to another? How do we keep the circumstances of life and our own fickle feelings from taking over our thoughts and behaviors? We focus on Jesus and His unfailing promises. The first chapter of 2 Peter speaks of these exceedingly great and precious promises. Peter points out that not only are grace and peace multiplied to us in the knowledge of Jesus, but through the knowledge of Him, God’s divine power gives us all things that pertain to life and godliness. This experiential knowledge comes from a relationship with Him and through His Word. “In the volume of the Book it is written of Me” Jesus says in Psalm 40 and Hebrews 10. As we focus on Jesus, dwell in relationship with Him and increase our knowledge of Him through His Word, He supernaturally transforms our minds and our feelings.
Consider what Romans 11:36 says, “For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.” My Study Bible puts it like this: “God is the source, means and end of all things. He is the Creator, Sustainer and goal of everything; therefore He should be praised and glorified forever.” The same God that spoke the universe into existence chose us before time began and has a plan for our lives. “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10. The fact that we woke up this morning and breath continues to flow through our lungs throughout the day is a gift from Him. Let’s be prepared for whatever He has planned for us today by renewing our minds through His Word and submitting our bodies to Him as a living sacrifice. Whether we are experiencing a time of great blessing or extreme difficulties, we can rest assured that all things are of Him, through Him and to Him. He is the Author and Finisher of our faith. Don’t let negative thoughts and feelings rule you. Be transformed!