Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Excerpt ~ The Exposition of the Tabernacle by Javon Rahman Bertrand

The Exposition of the Tabernacle: The Culture Exchange
Chapter Two: The Paradigm Shift ~ The Gate

Before there is a full culture exchange, there must be a paradigm shift. What is a paradigm shift? At its simplest form, a paradigm shift is a change in thinking. Many times we think like the culture that most influences us. We think like the world, so we act like the world. Our thoughts affect our decisions, customs, beliefs, etc. With that being said, we must experience mind renewal and a paradigm shift before we can fully receive the culture exchange.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2.

This verse is a hard pill to swallow. We have conformed for so long we do not want to let go. We feel that the culture of the world is all we will ever have and all we ever need. Now, someone is reading and saying, “I have not conformed to the world.” Yes, we have all, at times, conformed to the way things were because that was all we knew. All we knew was sin and disobedience; we were taught it, we thought it and we were dying in it. But now, we must have a paradigm shift in our minds that we will no longer conform to what is not the way of our Father. Our minds and thoughts must become new and fresh. Then we will see everything in the light rather than in the dim darkness of our former culture.

Bertrand, Javon R. "The Paradigm Shift ~ The Gate." The Exposition of the Tabernacle: The Culture Exchange. Southfield, MI: Manifold Grace House, 2014. 13. Print.

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