Transformation comes from the word metamorphosis. Metamorphosis means to be changed entirely. You are changed from one state into another—like a caterpillar changing into a butterfly. Joy, peace, and healing are the results of metamorphosis. The joy and peace you experience—the healing that takes place in your body—first manifest in your thinking.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2, NKJV).
Don’t be conformed to the way the world thinks. Don’t be like those who don’t know the new person that they are in Christ. Be transformed in the way you think by the Truth of God’s Word. Who is this new person you are in Christ? The old person is gone, and old things have passed away. You have a new identity in Christ, and everything has become new for you (2 Corinthians 5:17). Untainted by sin and healed of sickness, you are free. But for you to know this new person who is free, your mind has to be renewed by the Word.
The problem that causes negative thinking comes from inside your mind and heart when you don’t know the new person you are. What is in your heart eventually comes out of your mouth (Matthew 12:34). If you don’t like what is coming out of your mouth, you need to look at what you believe in your heart. The result of negative thinking appears in your physical body in different ways—like in sin, sickness, fear, and anxiety. To change what you experience in your life, you need to look at what you believe in your heart.
We see the fruit of what we speak—either good or bad—playing out in our health. Negative words come from negative thinking. If you have a negative mindset and speak words that are self-destructive, then you haven’t been renewed by God’s Truth in the spirit of your mind. You haven’t put on the new person that you are (Ephesians 4:23-24).
When you are renewed by the Word, you take a long look at why you speak what you speak—act the way you act—and why you believe what you believe. Often, you discover that your actions and what you believe are not based on the Word. They are based on something else that is not Truth. That can be why you are not getting the kind of results you would like to experience in your health and in your relationships. If you are dysfunctional in any area of your life, you need a metamorphosis in your thinking.
Is this transformation in your thinking easy? No. Sometimes it is very difficult. To be challenged in the way you think and what you believe by the Word can be very uncomfortable. It is not comfortable for a caterpillar in its chrysalis to change into a beautiful butterfly. If you cut the chrysalis in an attempt to help the butterfly emerge, you will kill it. Being completely changed in the renewing of your mind takes time. You can’t cut your chrysalis and rush it. Metamorphosis is necessary for a caterpillar to become a butterfly. And metamorphosis is necessary for the way you think to be changed by the Holy Spirit.
“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers” (3 John 2, NKJV). When your soul—your mind—prospers, your body prospers in health. Mental health and physical health are linked. As a man believes in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7)
Do you want to experience the results of the renewing of your mind by the Word of God? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you. Be willing to be challenged and stretched by the Word in the way you think. Growth can be uncomfortable, but it brings metamorphosis. And metamorphosis means new life for you. Put on the new person that Jesus has made you.
©2021 Lynn Lacher