Thursday, July 16, 2020

Devotional 7/16/20   
“Surrender and Follow”
by Dona Hake
I would like to continue in our meditation on living a transformed life. Let us look again at Romans 12:1-2.
“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
Now let us look at Psalm 1:1-2

“What delight comes to the one who follows God’s ways! He won’t walk in step with the wicked, nor share the sinner’s way, nor be found sitting in the scorner’s seat. His pleasure and passion is remaining true to the Word of “I Am,” meditating day and night in the true revelation of light.”
Psalm 1:1-2 -The Passion Translation

In Romans we see the word surrender, and in the Psalms we are exhorted to follow. The believer  that has totally surrendered their  heart to God is the man or woman that truly follows him no matter what is going on around them. This believer does not stop in the midst of a storm and say “Where is God in all this?“ or “Why do I have to go through this?”.   
The believer that truly surrenders
will delight in God‘s law and press in…
This my friend is what delights the heart of our Lord… He loves knowing we are close behind Him as we follow Him as He leads us and guide us in this life.   He has a plan and direction for each and everyday of our life.  Let us trust Him in it all.  This is the transformed life!