Wow, what a mouthful of a word. It comes from the word “Transmogrify” or ” Transmogrified”.
I had never heard of this word until I heard it spoken to me in a dream that the Lord gave me last week. I should explain that this word I heard in my dream is not the full expression of the word the Lord was highlighting to me. He was having some fun with me as I will explain below. The Lord knows I love puzzles so he gives me some clues to test me 🤣. He enjoys it when I get the “ aha” moment of revelation.
So on the night I had a dream, the Lord spoke the word “Transmogration” to me. I repeated it several times to myself and understood in my sleep that this word was important and I needed to remember it on waking as it was a word I did not know or had heard before.
When I woke up I looked up this word in the dictionary and it fully is “Transmogrification”. It comes from the word “Transmogrify” which means “to change or change completely so the shape and form of something after this process is radically changed.”
Isn’t that just an incredible word which describes what happens when we encounter Jesus Christ and our life in Christ. We change completely.
The best illustration of this in nature is the process of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly. It’s shape and form are completely changed into something new.
The word also speaks of a “surprising or supernatural change”. A reminder that it is the supernatural power of God in our lives by the power and ongoing work of the Holy Spirit. Not a change we can bring about by our own efforts. It is only God.
As the word spoken to me was the action verb then I believe God is saying we “as the church” the form of “church” His people” are currently in the process of changing shape and being radically transformed. That’s exciting. I’m sure many of us have experienced or are experiencing these changes so be encouraged.
The interesting thing is that the word I heard was “Transmogration” and the actual word is “Transmogrification”. The missing letters “If I C” are the Lord getting my attention.
As I said before, I believe the Lord loves a pun and he was drawing this specifically to my attention. He was reminding me that He is the one that will radically change things but only if I will allow him to do the process and see (C) what he is doing. Completely submitted to Him and obedient to His leading.
What is the Lord in the process of changing in your life and church at the moment? I’d be interested to hear. I pray that you and I will see as God wants us to see so that we can come into alignment with His plans, His Purposes and His will.
My friend Karen shared these encouraging words about the Holy Spirit with me and I hope they bless you too;
I am the still small voice;
I am the strong wind;
I am the sound of many waters;
I am the fire from above;
I am the One that lives in you;
I am the One that walks by your side;
I am the One that guides your paths;
I am the One that wakens your spirit;
If you want to get closer;
If you want to walk in righteousness;
If you want me to set you alight;
Just ask and seek;
I am there;
you just need to find me;
I say seek me and you will find me. Amen
‘I baptise you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Matthew 3:11
“If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!’ Luke 11:13
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ Acts 1:8
‘When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father – the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father – he will testify about me. And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.” John 15:26-27
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’ Matthew 28:19-20
Thank you Jesus for sending us the Holy Spirit which is freely available for all of us believers in you today 🙏
If you have not received the baptism of the Holy Spirit then I encourage you to ask and believe in faith that you will receive the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit will help you to live out your life in Christ. You will receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit which are there for you and the fruit of the Holy Spirit, the character of Christ will develop in your life.
Matthew 5 v 8. Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.
There is a very dramatic scene in Shakespeare’s play “Macbeth” when Lady Macbeth is observed at night sleep walking and “washing” her hands over and over in an attempt to clean them from the “blood” which only she can see on her hands. She keeps repeating over and over “out damned spot out” but no matter how often she cleans her hands it has no effect. The “blood” is still there and she knows it.
Those watching her think she has gone mad because they cannot see any blood on her hands. As far as they know she hasn’t murdered anyone or spilled blood– her hands are to all intents and purposes clean.
Her unconscious actions whilst asleep however betray the truth.
Lady Macbeth was to all intents and purposes a murderer. She had persuaded her husband to murder the King and now she was suffering from guilt and revealing through her actions what had previously been hidden in her heart. Her heart was certainly not pure as it was full of murderous thoughts, jealousy and scheming ambition. Consequently, her apparently clean hands were not really clean at all.
She was the ultimate hypocrite whose heart betrayed her.
The story of Lady Macbeth is rather an extreme example but I hope it might makes us stop and think and consider our own hearts and what motivates us. We can all put on a good show (myself included) but impurity in our thoughts and character will eventually come out no matter how much we might try to hide or pretend it’s not there.
Jesus taught his disciples that it wasn’t enough to just observe the religious rituals of the day because it was the evil thoughts which came out of their hearts which actually defiled them and shaped their actions.
Jesus had a lot to say about hypocrisy and wasn’t shy to challenge the religious people of the day.
I believe Jesus issues the same challenges to us, His followers today.
Jesus didn’t mince His words. He called the Pharisees “whitewashed” tombs and accused them of being too concerned with appearing holy to others but actually inside they were full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
The religious leaders of the day were so meticulous in enforcing, and on the face of it obeying all the laws and traditions, but in practice they were not living out a pure life but were full of “extortion and self-indulgence”. The outside of the cup may have been clean but not the inside.
Matthew 5 v 8. Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.
These words of Jesus show us that it must be possible to become pure in heart otherwise Jesus would be lying. I believe that Jesus is truth so this statement would on that principle be true.
The bible teaches us that we cannot be pure through our own efforts – it is impossible.
The Old Testament points us to the need for a Saviour. I believe that Jesus is that Saviour who makes this possible. Jesus is the only one who can make us clean from sin by His sacrifice on the Cross and His blood shed for us to cleanse us from sin.
The apostle Paul teaches us that “Jesus loved the church and gave himself for her that he might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of the Word in order to present her as a glorious church without spot or wrinkle or any such thing but that she should be holy and without blemish” i.e. pure.
Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross ensures that we can daily come and take hold of His blood to cleanse and purify us. However, we must not treat his sacrifice with contempt and pay lip service when we are convicted of sin. True repentance means turning away from sin. Changing our behavior. Replacing the old wrong behaviors and thoughts with the right and Godly ones.
I believe in the biblical promise that one day when we die in faith we will then be with and see God. To be absent from the body as Paul put it and present with the Lord. However, I think that Jesus’ promise that we will see God can be evidenced in our behavior in our everyday lives.
When we are hypocritical and our actions do not mirror what we say we believe or what God requires of us in his Word then we do not “see” God at work in our lives or in the lives of others around us.
However, when we submit ourselves to God and allow Him to work in us and to change us by the power of the Holy Spirit, then I believe we “see” God at work in the changes we experience in our character and motives. We become more Christ like in our attitudes and so we see God’s character reflected in us and our actions to others.
I know for myself and I am sure that others can testify to the changes that have taken place in them since becoming Christians. Some of the immediate changes in my behavior were more obvious and noticeable (my lifestyle changed dramatically when I came back to the Lord) and I think it can be the same for a lot of people. The lifestyle changes are usually the first to be seen.
However, some changes in character and behavior are a deeper work of the Holy Spirit especially if we are “blind” or don’t want to acknowledge those character flaws within us. This is when the Word of God and applying the Word is so important as we can use the Word to hold ourselves to account. 1 Peter 2 says “Lay aside all hypocrisy –desire the pure milk of the word that you may grow thereby” and Romans 12: “Let love be without hypocrisy”.
True Christian love in our hearts will show itself through our actions. These are certainly the days for action.
We are because of Covid 19 in a new day of opportunity in how we live out our Christian faith daily- the old pattern & structure of church attendance is not the same any more. We are not pew fillers and were never just meant to be “Sunday believers”. I believe we are now less “building focused” and more “body of Christ” focused.
I am not perfect by any means and some days the thoughts and motives of my heart are anything but pure. I would be lying if I said otherwise, but I love the fact that God’s grace is at work in my life. I take confidence from the fact that “He who has begun a good work in me will complete it” Phil 1:6.
It is difficult to acknowledge that our hearts might not be right before God and to humble ourselves.
There is an encouraging prayer in the Psalms – Psalm 51 –A prayer of repentance which can help us.
David acknowledged that he needed to be cleansed from his sins and that God “desires truth in the inward parts”. David certainly knew what he was talking about – the sinful desires of his heart had also led him to contrive a murder (rather like our fictional Lady Macbeth) which he then tried to cover up but God revealed the truth through his prophet, Nathan. David was truly repentant and experienced God’s redeeming love.
Can I encourage us all that our prayer to God this week is “Create in me a clean heart O’ God”.
This is the word which God brought to my spirit some months ago. I have read a number of other blogs and words from fellow believers recently about this time of covid-19 being a time to re-set and I believe re-calibration is also part of re-setting.
God impressed on me that just a small re-calibration can actually make a massive difference. I believe at this time God is encouraging us to re-calibrate our thinking, behaviour and attitudes so that we align with His word. Such changes will have a massive impact in us and through us. Faith will arise as we see the changes and the effects of those changes.
I pray that God will reveal what needs re-calibrating in our lives and mindsets to bring us in line and keep us in line with His Word and Truth and the Gospel so we are not in error but accurate in Him.
Calibration – Is the act of adjusting an instrument to keep it accurate.
I heard the Lord say this to my spirit this morning – This is the generation that will see Me come in power amongst them. My Holy Spirit is being poured forth now in a mighty way. It will be like a flood that will go across the earth to meet and minister to those in need. My people will rise up in power. They will go about My business and they will see the miraculous provision and power of their God in whom they trust.
Beware the evil one. Beware the fraudster who comes to deceive and lead astray. Stay in the place of intimacy so that you know the person of the Holy Spirit. He is the one friend who will lead and guide you into all truth. Do not fear, for I am with you even to the end. I will never forsake you. Be ready to do good at all times. Silver and gold you may not have but what I can give you is worth much more and brings life in all its fullness and not death.
This is the generation that will rise up now and do great and mighty deeds for their King. Speak out My word with boldness. Send forth My word with power and declare that this is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad. I will lift up a shout of praise and with my eyes I will see my victory over the evil one. He will flee before me. The wicked will take cover and hide before the coming of My saints as they rise in power. Their shout will go up before the whole earth as they rise in unity to bring down the strongholds of the wicked ones and ride out into the wide places and build My kingdom. A kingdom that will never fall. A kingdom that will last forever.
For these are the days that My Spirit is now to be poured out in greater measure. Be filled to overflowing My children. Be filled to overflowing that My power & My spirit flow through you for My honour & My glory. Be at one with Me and at one with each other. Move as one. All hell will try to stop you but it has no power over you, for I have stripped it of its power and I have placed authority in your hands and My power goes forth. It goes forth like lightning and see its trail across the earth. All eyes will see and ears will hear of the exploits of My children. They will now start to explode into the news and all will start to see My wonder working power at work in all the nations of the earth. Amen.