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Friday, May 3, 2013

REFORM OR TRANSFORM?

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

Young person, here is what God's wants from you:
  • a living sacrifice.  What does that mean?  It means while you are alive, you should be vibrant, doing the work of the Lord, sacrificing your time, your talent, and your treasure for Him.  Eternal life starts now, not after you're dead!
  • a holy life.  Being holy means set apart for His service.  Don't be like the world.  There is nothing less attractive than someone who is straddling a fence.  Be decisive, and proud of Who you serve!  You're on the winning team!  Don't act like the world, and then expect people to listen to you and respect you when you try to tell them about God's love and provision for them.  They'll doubt your loyalties.
  • acceptable unto God.  You will be accepted and acceptable to God when you do this.
  • reasonable service - it's just reasonable, this is not too much to ask.  We all have the capability of doing what God expects when we are born again.
  • Be not conformed to this world. Again, you will lose your edge if you dabble in sin.  Keep it pure!  You will look in the mirror and respect yourself, and others will look up to you as well.  Be confident in who you are in Christ!  That is a very attractive quality!
  • We can't do this on our own.  We can't be reformed, but we must be transformed.  How?  By the renewing of our minds.  Read the Word of God, and your faith will increase, and your mind will renew as you look in the mirror of God's Word, the Holy Spirit reveals your sin to you, and you confess it.  Jesus will shape you into a perfect vessel, and you will feel complete, content, and full of joy!  Then God can use you to your fullest capacity, and give you the desires of your heart!
  • that good, acceptable and perfect will of God - that is the safest place for you to be.  The world can crumble around you, but you stay in the perfect will of God, and He will protect you and go through all those trials with you.  Don't despair - you are not alone when you draw near to God.  He will draw near to you. 
"Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He shall lift you up."  James 4:10.  Come to Him with a humble heart, and pray and ask God to work a mighty work in your life.  That is my prayer for you today!

1 comment:

  1. One other thought: know that God's will is not something He tries to keep secret from you! When you pray and ask God to reveal His will for you, and you seek His face, you will find Him and His will for you. Daily die to your selfish self, renew your heart to God, read His Word and pray that He'll make your path straight and clear, and you will get that peace in your heart. It's also wise to ask respected people in your life like your parents and teachers if you are facing a crossroad, because you can find wisdom in good counsel. But take each step daily with Him to keep you on that right path, and I promise you He will never lead you astray. All things will work together for good.

    And listen: if you mess up and find yourself on the wrong path, run back to God, seek His face and wisdom, and start again. He'll help you through as you move on to Plan B. Please don't ever say it is too late for you, because it's not. As long as you are living and breathing, it's not too late for repentance and forgiveness. God bless you!

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