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. Romans 12:2 (NIV)
I want to know you. I want to know your thoughts. I want to know your will and walk in your ways. I want all my thoughts and words and deeds to be guided by you. In every way, I want my life to be a living sacrifice that is fully pleasing to you. How can I know your will and walk in your ways? What will help and hinder me from doing what is pleasing to you? How can I be strengthened to know and do your will? The desires of your heart are pleasing to me. The questions of your mind are very good.
I have broken the power of sin and the world over your life. You have turned away from your sin and the world to follow and serve me. You have left your old life behind. You are now living the new life that I have given you to live. That’s the good news. What’s the bad news? Even though you are not of the world, you are still living in the world. The world is a very powerful and evil force. Every day, you are being bombarded with the thoughts and opinions of the world. The world will never stop trying to conform you into it’s pattern of values and practices. If you do nothing you will be allowing yourself to be conformed to the world. You will think like the world thinks. You will speak like the world speaks. You will act like the world acts. You will not know my will. You will not walk in my ways. You will not do what is pleasing to me. In no way will you stand out as being different from the world. You will not shine brightly for me. You will not be a witness for me in the world. All of this is very bad news. Yes, it is. But, none of this will be true of you.
Day by day I will be renewing and transforming your mind. You will know my thoughts. You will walk in my ways. You will be able to know and do my will. How will all of this be possible? How will you do this work in me? How will you work through me? You will meet with me in my word. You will set apart a time and a place where we will meet together. You will live in an intimate relationship with me. Day by day, you will draw near to me and I will draw near to you. You will listen attentively to all that I have to say to you. You will hear and treasure my word. You will take my word into your heart and mind and life. My word will feed and sustain you. My word will strengthen and empower you. My word will transform you. You will put my word into practice as you love, follow and serve me. Yes Lord, I will. Then all of these things will be true of you. Then you will know and do my will.
Lord, at one time my mind was under the influence of the world. My thoughts, words and deeds were conformed to the world. You broke the power of the world over me. Now, use your word to renew and transform my mind so I can know and do your will. Amen
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