Test And Approve What God’s Will Is

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Wisdom - Romans 12:2- Test And Approve What God's Will Is - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Wisdom – Romans 12:2- Test And Approve What God’s Will Is – Growing As Disciples

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)  

Inside Out

There is a choice you are going to have to make. What choice is that? You are going to have to choose who you are and what you are going to do in life. Can’t I just sort of let that unfold and see who I become and what I do? That may not seem like a choice to you. But it is a choice and a bad one at that. Why would that be a bad choice?

There is a force that is in the world that will continually try to conform you into its pattern. If you allow it to shape who you are and guide what you will do, you will not be happy with the result. Why is that? This world is under the control of the god of this world. Do you know who that is? Yes, the god of this world is the devil. That’s right. Are you comfortable allowing him to shape who you are and guide what you do? No, not at all. That’s what will happen if you do not choose to allow me to mold and shape your life. I want you to make me into who you want me to be. I want to know you and do your will.

Do you know how I will mold and shape your life? I’m not exactly sure. The devil conforms you into the world’s pattern by bombarding you with its values. He is attempting to conform you from the outside in. I will transform your life from the inside out. How does that work? When you gave your life to me I put my Spirit inside of you. You were born again to live a new life for me. Yes, I’m certain that you did that for me. Did your battles against the world and its attempts to conform you end right then and there? No, they did not. Your battle against the world and its evil will be something that you will face every day of your life. My Spirit living in you will give you victory over the world and all its evil. This does not mean that you won’t have to choose every day who you are and how you are going to live. Your choice will reaffirm your desire to know me and do my will.   I have made that choice but there is more, isn’t there?

Yes, my Spirit will be transforming your heart and mind as you flee the evil of this world and pursue me. When you resist evil and draw near to me the devil will flee from you. I will use my word to transform your mind and change your heart. I will give you a new way to think and a new way to act. You will be able to know and do my will. I will be transforming you from the inside out. Is that what you want? Yes Lord, it is. Is this a choice that you will make? Yes Lord, it is.

Lord, I will separate myself from influences that are attempting to conform me to the values, patterns and practices of this world. Use your word to transform and renew my mind so that I can know your will and your ways. Amen

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His Good, Pleasing And Perfect Will

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Guidance - Romans 12:1-2 - His Good, Pleasing And Perfect Will - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Guidance – Romans 12:1-2 – His Good, Pleasing And Perfect Will – Growing As Disciples

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. 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 12:1-2 (NIV)

My Will 

Do you want to know my will? Do you want to walk in my ways? Yes, I want to know your will and walk in our ways. That is very good. If you want to know my will and walk in my ways there is one thing that you must do and one thing that you must not do. Now, you have my full attention. I would say that you have made me curious. But, curious is too weak of a description of my state of mind. I am far more than curious. I passionately want to know how I can know your will and walk in your ways. Let’s start with what you must do. Let’s talk about that. Whatever you suggest.

If you want to know my will and walk in my ways you must allow me to use my word to change your heart, transform your mind and guide your life. How will I go about allowing you to change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life with your word? That is a very important question with a very simple answer. I’m listening. You must come to meet with me in my word. That’s it? Yes, that’s it. Were you expecting something deeper. Were you anticipating something more profound. I’m not sure.

You must meet with me in my word so that my word dwells in you richly. What will that look like? How will I know if I am allowing your word to dwell in me richly? That is another good question with another equally simple answer. You must set apart a sacred time and special place to meet with me in my word. How often? How often do you need my word to dwell in you richly? I need your word to dwell in me richly every day. Then, you have your answer. 

What will I do when I meet with you in your word? You will read my word. You will study my word. You will meditate on my word. You will memorize my word. You will pray my word. Finally, you will put my word into practice. When you do all of these things with my word, you will take a firm grip on my word. When you do all these things with my word, it will take a firm grip on you. This is how you will let my word dwell in you richly when you meet daily with me in it.  

You mentioned something that I must not do if I want to know your will and walk in your ways. Yes, I did. What is that? You must not allow your heart and mind and life to be conformed to the world. If I have a firm grip on your word and your word has a firm grip on me there is no chance for that to happen. No, there is not. Then you will know my will. Then you will be walking in my ways. I am looking forward to that. That is very good.

Lord, for too long I have allowed my heart and mind to be molded and shaped by the world. Instead, I want to offer myself as a living sacrifice to you. Change my heart and transform mind, by your word, so I can know your will your will and walk in your ways. Amen

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