Isaiah 60:1 Arise from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you—rise to a new life! Shine be radiant with the glory of the Lord, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!
Notice that your circumstances can keep you in a place of depression and prostration.
Romans 12:2 says And 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.
The language that Paul uses here is a language that suggests the following:
1 that There is a pattern of living that is present in the world or in the age that you and I live in. There is a pattern in your world
2 There is a force (governed by the devil who is the god of this world) that is looking to shape you or fashion you into the same fashion as the World around you.
3. You can defy these forces that try to conform you to the patterns of this world…which is why he said do not be conformed.
More often than not, life comes to conform or fashion you into the pattern of the circumstance in your world . It’s just like if a child is born into a family where, uncle went to jail, grandpa was a gangster…life intends to fashion that child in the same pattern!
If you face a heartbreak in relationship, life wants to turn you into a bitter, closed up person, because life shapes you in the pattern of your circumstances.
You are not a bitter person because that’s how God created you, you are bitter because life has used your circumstances of that heartbreak to shape your mind into a bitter mind!
If you are experiencing financial difficulty at any point in your life, life wants to shape you into that pattern of lack, and people who have been successfully shaped according to that pattern of living in lack are now called poor, not necessarily because of the lack of money, but because their mind has been shaped into the pattern of poverty!
And Paul says DO NOT be shaped…do not be conformed into the pattern of this World! That’s a language of defiance! And the life of a christian ought to be a life of defiance to their circumstances and indeed the pattern of this world.
As christians we were not designed to be defined by our circumstances we are supposed to be defined by the Word of GOD! As he is so are we in this World!
And so somehow as believers we will need to learn to be those who defy their circumstances and conform to the WORD of God! We will need to be those who do not take instruction from their circumstances!
God has a plan for your life. His instructions to you, lead you to the plan He has for you.
Proverbs 4:20-22 says My son, give attention to my words;Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes;Keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them,And health to all their flesh.
God has reserved great life for us…and His instructions His Words give us that life! Jesus put it this way in John 6, He says the spirit gives life, the flesh profits for nothing…the Words that I speak to you they are spirit and life!
In other words God has life for you but it’s his instructions that guide you to that life…the plan of the enemy is to use your circumstances to force you to ignore the instructions in God’s word…that way He can keep you you in a depressed and prostrated state. Unfortunately most of us take instructions from our circumstances…you allow your current state of health to instruct you about your future…the problem is that life doesn’t come from your circumstances, there is no profit there for you!
God’s instructions will lead you to the life He has for you. As difficult as this is sometimes, I’m praying that you find the courage to dishonour the instructions your circumstances are giving you today, in favour of God’s Word concerning the same matter.