Friday, June 12, 2020

Devotional 6/12/20 
“Be Transformed”
Let us look at and meditate upon Romans 12:1-2 again…
“Beloved friends, what should be our proper response to God’s marvelous mercies? I encourage you to surrender yourselves to God to be his sacred, living sacrifices. And live in holiness, experiencing all that delights his heart. For this becomes your genuine expression of worship. Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.”
Romans 12:1-2 – The Passion Translation
Here we see that our response to our Lord’s mercies should be surrender. It is in surrender that we will live holy and separated onto the life that He desires.
Here is the thing though… we need to continue to maintain an awareness that the ideals and opinions around us have an extremely loud voice. Our thoughts and views can easily become conformed to this world if we are not cautious over our thought realm. Now more than ever the voice and influences of the news and social media will most certainly snatch away our peace if we do not handle it correctly. Then there are opinions. Oh my… we need to be careful of our own opinions and those opinions that we hear.
Today I encourage you to challenge your own heart to permit the Holy Spirit to transform your every thought, opinion, worry, fear, etc… As you invite Him to work on your heart and mind, transformation will come, and it will come and it will continue. It will give you power to discern between right and wrong thinking. It will cause a wonderful godly discernment that is needful to stay strong in your Lord.

“But when the truth-giving Spirit comes, he will unveil the reality of every truth within you…”
John 16:13 – The Passion Translation