TRANSFORMATION – The Key to Living in Zoe

By Dr. Rick Patterson

It was asked of a man who was dying, “What does it feel like to live each day knowing you are dying?”  The dying man replied, “What does it feel like to live each day pretending you are not?”

What does it feel like to pretend you are living when indeed you know there has to be more to life than this?


FORM – Body

trans•form – go beyond the body! 

I am more than my body!  I am more than the limitations of my body!  I am more than the limitations of my current belief system!

1. to change in form, appearance, or structure; metamorphose.
2. to change in condition, nature, or character; convert.
3. to change into another substance; transmute.
to undergo a change in form, appearance, or character; become transformed.

KJV Romans 12:2 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.

NIV Romans 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is– his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Change the way you see!

1 Cor. 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

How long will you continue to look at life through your parent’s or your grandparent’s glasses?

We use our parents negative patterns and attitudes to view what our life looks like.

If we could open our eyes to see new ways of relating, seeing, and doing.


Where in your life are you using your mother’s glasses?

When will you look with the eyes of success and opportunity?

What opportunities are you unable to see because you see only what you want to see?

Proverbs 4:25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.

Proverbs 4:26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.

Proverbs 4:27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

What are the distractions in your life that keep you from the destiny and reality you want to create?

How many distractions can you eliminate?

How soon can you eliminate them?

How many distractions do you actually invite in your life on a daily basis?

Imagine for the next five minutes what it might feel like to be free from the bondages and hinderances of distractions?

What do you need to cut away in your life?

Are you willing to do that?

Why or why not?

NIV Luke 19:1 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through.

2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy.

3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd.

4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.

5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.”

Note:  He could not see Jesus because of the crowd!  He could not see his destiny because of the crowd.

What crowd are you hanging around that keeps you from seeing success and potential?

Are your friends encouraging and supporting your desire to be successful in a greater way?

Are your friends hindering you from seeing your opportunities, your greatness, your potential?

If so consider changing your friends!










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