Loving God With Everything-Part IV

Loving God With Everything We Have-Part IV

Using The Free Will That Was Given To us To Glorify God

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 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. Romans 12:1-2 (NKJV)

Were going through a devotional series titled, "Loving God with everything we have."  In Part I of this devotional series, we looked at what it meant to be "All In" when living the Christian life that God has called us to live--we are to obey Gods Great Commandment to love Him with all of our heart, soul, and mind.  

We are looking at Romans 12:1-2 that shows us how to truly love the Lord and to worship Him.  It is within these two verses that we are finding a practical outline for our lives.  In this Divine outline there are 4-elements for presenting ourselves to God.  So far, we have looked at the first two of the four elements that we must give God, and that was:

1.    Our Soul must be given to God
2.    Our Body must be given To God
3.    Our Mind must be given To God

Okay I would like to look at one more element that is not detailed in the 2-verses, but it is implied.

Let's take a look at the fourth element of presenting ourselves to God.

4.    Our Will Must Be Given To God

...that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2(b) (NKJV)

Romans 12:1-2 has told us to give God our soul, body, and mind, and that if we do this, we will know what His will is.  I don't believe that it is of any worth to know God's will, unless we make "His" will "Our" will.  We have been given free "Will" to make our choices and to truly worship God, and to be "All In" we must offer our will to Him in every decision that we make.

We can offer God our "Will" by simply allowing the Holy Spirit to work through us as we read God's Word--to conform our "Will" into the "Will of God."  As we read our Bibles our mind is transformed, and we are given the ability to think, reason, and understand things, the way God intended.  When this happens we will discern and reason to only accept the things of God.

When we are doing the "Will" of God, we have no problem laying aside our plans in place of His.  We have a desire to serve Him, and we are fully confident that His plans are what is best for us.

This transformation process will never end until we die to these physical bodies. The Holy Spirit continually leads us through our transformation, and He will always guide us in our understanding, and application of God's Word. We are to be continuously moving towards where God is leading us, and we do this by staying in His Word daily. Failure to do so will result in our being susceptible to the schemes and temptations of the enemy.   

Q:    So what evidence should exist as a result of a transformed mind?

A:     We will have a Christian life that produces the fruit of the spirit (See Gal 5:22).  We will have a heartfelt attitude that is eager to serve others and to faithfully do the will of God regardless of what it may cost.  We will do those things that are righteous, good, noble and in love.  

Jesus came to reconcile us to our Heavenly Father by dying for our sin.  We are to be transformed into the image of Christ, and this is not done through any program, procedure, or through reformation--it is done as we look at Jesus; as we study His Word, and we spend time in prayer and worshiping Him.  

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV)

I've said it before, but it bears repeating, "Compromise is the bridge that leads to evil." .  Living a Christian life that is riddled with compromise is agonizing and it lacks peace. We need to stop compromising when it comes to giving God everything we have--our soul, body, mind and will.  I want to encourage you today though to stop and think about what it means to be "All In," or to be fully committed to doing what God wants in every situation, regardless of the outcome.

STUDY QUESTION: What 4-elements must we give God in order to be a living sacrifice, or to be "All In?"

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you fully given God all four of these elements?

APPLICATION: Fully commit your body, soul, mind, and will to the Lord today--tell Him, "I'm All In!"

Father, Thank You for Your love and mercy upon my life.  I choose to give You my life as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable today.  Use me in whatever way You choose Lord.  Equip me, and continue to transform me to Your image.   In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

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