12 Months to a Better You Step #1: Conversion
Conversion is the foundation for all change. All change is conversion. The first conversion is the conversion of power. The conversion of power is a conversion of who is in control of not only my life but every area of my life: relationships (marriage and family); occupation; destiny; money, time, possessions, my body, etc.
The major picture that is used in the Bible to help us apply sovereignty to life is the metaphor of Father. The sovereignty of God is transferred to our life through relationship with the Father. Both the Son and the Spirit have as their goals to lead people to the Father and to glorify the Father. The work of Christ and the work of the Spirit in our lives is to connect us with the true Father of us all. The first Father imprint on his children is the imprint of identity.
So your conversion assignment is to truly believe that you are a son or daughter of the Father. Our first lesson in conversion is a lesson of identity.
First, list how you describe yourself. How do you see yourself and what are the phrases you use to describe yourself, to yourself. This the language we use when we ponder our worth, value, strengths and weaknesses. This is not a list of how you are “supposed” to think of yourself, it is a list of how you actually think. Since you aren’t going to show it to anyone, be honest.
Second, read and study and memorize the verses below. Read them in context. Allow the Scriptures to reorient your thinking. This is the first step to renewing your mind and transforming your life.
John 1:12-13 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Romans 8:16-17 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with Him.
Galatians 6:15 For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 4:24 and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.
Revelation 21:5 And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”
Third, make some lists.
- First, make a list of how you think God views you.
- Second, make a list of what the Scriptures say above about the identity of the believer.
- Third, revise your first list with the truth of the Scriptures from list two.
The renewal of your mind that will lead to transformation with regard to your identity is to have your lists match. I truly see myself how God has made me and sees me (that is believing). I have an accurate view of how God sees me. I agree with God (that is submission).