Saturday, February 16, 2013

February 17, 2013

 "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind" Romans 12:2
I often hear Christians say, "I need revival" or "My church needs revival" or "America needs revival".
There certainly is a case to be made for that. I can't disagree with the need for revival but I would contend there is a need greater than revival.
"What could be needed more than revival", you ask?
The Apostle Paul touches on it in this verse, "be transformed by the renewing of your mind".
Revival is being inspired - maybe for a day or maybe for a week or a month but being rewired is having your mind renewed by the power of God. That can last a life-time!
Peter is a good example. In Mark 8 he made the great confession as Jesus being "the Christ, the Son of the Living God".
Jesus was greatly blessed by Peter's insightfulness and de clared that God had inspired that insight nor flesh and blood!
Peter was inspired!
But just a few minutes later, Jesus rebuked Peter saying, "Get behind me, Satan! You do not have in mind the things of God but the things of man!" In other words, "Peter you need to get your mind right! You are thinking like man not like God!"
Peter needed to get his mind rewired! Just being momentarily inspired didn't change him! There would be even worse moments for Peter in the coming days.
Then there was that day - the day called Pentecost - when something transforming happened to Peter. He was rewired by the Holy Spirit! His heart was changed and his mind was changed and his soul was filled with the presence and power of God! He would never be the same! After Pentecost He thought like God and loved like God and lived like God!
Are you praying for a revival or a rewiring?
It is nice to be inspired but it is great to be rewired!