Here is a great illustration to better understand the word to conform. Watch in your mind. See a potter sitting at the potter’s wheel. The clay had been softened and kneaded with water.
The potter takes the lump and centers it by consistent pressure until the clay is yielded under his hands. Not until then. It is the centering that allows the vessel to be formed perfectly as the potter deems.
The Lord centers us through our everyday situations, through our hard trials, and through adversity. He uses every aspect of our lives to conform us to His will in thought, purpose, and action.
We practice righteousness through our thoughts. The moment we are tempted to sin is the alert-signal we need to re-center our thoughts on the Lord.
Let’s take anger. The moment I am tempted to be angry, I have two options. One is to dialogue in my mind about what is making me angry until I react. Another is to act out one of my truth verses. Proverbs 29:11 Amplified says, “A (self-confident) fool utters all his anger, but a wise man holds it back and stills it.”
When the temptation to be angry seeks to pull me away from walking in His righteousness, I bring that thought captive by holding it back and stilling it through the NEXT thought. The next thought centers me on the Lord. Ephesians 4:26 says to be angry and sin not.
We practice righteousness by applying the truth of God’s word. To entertain the temptation increases the enticement. Speaking truth in our heart and walking in it during the moment of the temptation, captures, arrests, annihilates, destroys, and obliterates the temptation. Exclamation point!