Thursday, November 18, 2010

Yielding vs. Yearning

Yielding & Yearning

We like to be in control. Giving up our control can be a difficult thing…but does it have to be? Not only does yielding lead to freedom, but whenever we reference the Holy Spirit, we tap into the deep places of God that lead to the greatest joy and peace we can possibly know. But we can’t abide with a bad attitude either. Yearning keeps us from negative obedience. Thus, the two go together and reap a harvest.

Picture: What is the role of a yield sign? How does this apply to our relationship with God? = Yielding to God means letting him go first!
Question 1: Why yield? Is it necessary?

Scripture Study:

"For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." [2Pt:1:21] ==> We can prophecy.
"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:" [2Cor:10:3] ==> Avoid succumbing to sin/the world.

"If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." [Gal: 5:25] ==> Walk closely with God.

We Have An Inheritance of Supernatural Power and Ability:
Did you notice in the above scriptures that according to God's Word: God has made available to every born-again person who receives His Spirit the following:
• Supernatural Power [Acts:1:8]
• A Supernatural Supply of the Spirit [Phil:1:19]
• Supernatural Guidance [Rom:8:14]
• Supernatural Help [Rom:8:26]
• Supernatural Strength [Eph:3:16]
• Supernatural Peace [Jn:14:27 • Phil:4:7]
• Supernatural Protection [Psalm 91 • Psalm 34:7]

Unfortunately most Christians have little or no knowledge of the fact that these gifts are available to them, nor do they understand how to access them or use them. This is definitely the case with young people. The Church must disciple and educate youth and young adults in this manner.

"For the natural man is not able to receive the things of the Spirit of God: for they seem foolish to him, and he is not able to have knowledge of them or understand then, because such knowledge comes only through the Spirit." [1Cor:2:14 BEV]

KEY: But when we yield to the Spirit, the foolishness of our natural minds is traded for the wisdom of God. And the wisdom of God allows us to experience the supernatural and be moved by the Spirit. If we are content with the mediocre and the superficial, then don’t yield (consistently), and brace for a bittersweet entry into the gates of Heaven.

Question 2: What keeps us from yielding? What keeps us from yearning?

In the Hebrew/Greek, it means to make warm, to be kindled, hot. To yearn, is to burn! Sins such as selfishness, anger, and stubborness can prevent us both from yiedling and yearning.

Prayer Points | Legacy Mission
Pray that…

1) We, as believers, can see the goodness in relinquishing control and the desire to be in control.
2) For those in bondage, chained to entitlement, pride, fear, and lack of self-control.
3) We will walk in the supernatural power and ability of the Lord Almighty.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Conformation, Reformation & Transformation

As I prepped for last week’s LEGACYouth message, I couldn't help but tap into some insight, thanks to the Stan Mosier workshops in Monteagle last week. Stan's talk centered on the relationship among conformity, reformation, and transformation - each word containing Hebrew and/or Greek significance with respect to spiritual development.

Below are some of the notes taken during the workshops...

Conform: to fashion self according to; abide by the same pattern, based from schema (Greek for shape). Conformation may come from information.

Romans 12:2 (Amplified Bible)

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].”

To conform means to abide by worldly thinking and self-seeking mentalities. A basic analysis of conformity produces a mental track similar to the following:

‘Con’ refers to ‘with’ among many languages. God created us with a distinct form. Since sin entered the world and corrupted this form, we are bound by (and with) a far inferior alternative to what will be our eternal identity. To conform is to give into a weaker state of mind, of will, of soul, etc.

Reform: to be instructed; to learn via discipline (chastisement)

The Hebrew word that best fits our concept of ‘reform’ bares a similar connection to its usage in Jeremiah 6:8:

Be corrected, reformed, instructed, and warned, O Jerusalem, lest I be alienated and parted from you, lest I make you a desolation, an uninhabited land.”

Let’s take a look at another Jeremiah passage:

Jeremiah 31:18 (Amplified Bible)

I have surely heard Ephraim [Israel] moaning thus: You have chastised me, and I was chastised, like a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke; bring me back, that I may be restored, for You are the Lord my God.”

Reform differs from conform primarily by nature of standards. While conformation sticks to the sensible, human nature, reformation associates to higher standards – ones that point to an ultimate authority. How these standards are approached and followed, in respect to conformity, are secondary means of disparity. Reformation, however, is not limited to moral adjustments.

It can apply to a refining of understanding by way of instruction (Psalms 2:10) or correction (Proverbs 29:19). Reformation points in the direction of transformation, since restoration is a valid byproduct. It’s essential to note the gap between reformation-based restoration and transformation-based restoration.

Transform: a change of nature, made anew; to convert.

2 Corinthians 3:17-18 (New International Version)

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

To be transformed is to be revolutionized into an entirely unique structure with an allegiance to both Spirit and Word. Whereas reformation is a change of mind, transformation is a change of nature, state, identity, and so on. While reformation is a horizontal manifestation of adapting, transformation is always vertical since it always comes from revelation by Word or Spirit. In 2 Corinthians, transformation finds heritage from metaschematizo, which supports the divine connotation of true freedom produced from true change.