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Loving God With Everything-Part III

Loving God With Everything We Have-Part III

Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

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, which show us how to truly love the Lord and to worship Him.  It is within these two verses that we find 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, as Christians must give God, and that was:

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

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

3.    Our Mind must be given To God

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, Romans 12:2(a) (NKJV)

Our minds are the meeting place for our "New Nature" and our "Old Nature" and it is here that these two opposite natures can be mixed together.  It is within the battlefield of our minds that we will be presented with, and will ultimately make, our choices.  Those choices will determine whether we follow the Holy Spirit's leading to act in accordance with our "New Nature" of Holiness--or whether we will allow our "Old Nature" to influence our actions to live in a way that we used to live.

Romans 12:2 is giving us a command that we are not to allow ourselves to, Be conformed to this world.  So we are not to attempt to look and act as the trends are dictating within our society.  We think of peer pressure as something that children go through in grade school, but it is equally challenging and damaging to us as adults.  We shouldn't allow the worldly trends to squeeze us into its mold.  

So we are told. Do not be conformed to this world, but be Transformed. This simply means that we are to allow the Lord to naturally change us to reflect our New Inner redeemed nature.  2Corinthians speaks about this process.

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)

Q:    So how are we to be "Transformed?"
A:    We are transformed by the "Renewing of our minds."

Our outward actions will naturally change to reflect our new redeemed inner nature as we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us into all understanding as we read God's Word.

God called King David, "A man after My own heart" (See Acts 13:22).  And David spoke of his love for God's Word and the influence that it had on his actions in Psalm 119.

Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You. Psalms 119:11 (NKJV)

And we are told in Colossians:

Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God... and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him... Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Colossians 3:2, 3, 10, 16 (NKJV)

When we allow our life to be transformed by the renewing of our mind, we will be redirected by God's Word, and we will be motivated and led to spend our lives living for Christ.  The result of this transformation will be that we will fill our lives with the things of God, rather than the things of this world--understanding clearly our earthly mission and our eternal rewards.  We will have a mind that is set on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.

I want to encourage you today to sink your mind into something that will transform your life into one that is blessed by God--read your Bible today as you commit your mind to God.

STUDY QUESTION: Romans 12:2 tells us not to be conformed to this world, but to be transformed.  How are we to be transformed?  What are we to use to renew our minds?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you being transformed by the renewing of your mind daily?  Are you renewing your mind with God's Word?

APPLICATION: Make a regular time for each day to take time to prayerfully read and study God's Word.  

Father, Thank You for giving me a mind that can discern good from evil.  Help me this day as I read Your Word Lord so that I can be transformed into the man You have ordained me to be.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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