Your daily goal:
Philippians 3:14 “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
(Monday-Friday, from my morning quiet time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day. Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)
Today’s Daily Light
We Are To Choose to ‘Transform’…Not To ‘Conform’
con·form (dictionary definition)
comply with rules, standards, or laws.
comply with, abide by, obey, observe, follow, keep to, stick to, adhere to, uphold, heed, accept, go along with, fall in with, respect, defer to
Romans 12:1-2, NIV, Apostle Paul writes to us…”I urge you, brothers, (and sisters), 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.
1 John 5:19, NIV, The Apostle John wrote “We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.
Paul says ‘because of’ the ‘mercy’ that God chose to show to us…….Paul says “by the laws of divine judgment we should have received death….that we deserved death….but God chose to pardon us…to show and give us ‘mercy’…and because of THAT…because of THAT marvelous, huge, and wonderful act on the part of God…..we ‘ought to’…rightly should…we must be blind not to want to…give Him the credit and honor and return on investment that He is rightly due…Paul is saying..”do you feel the love that was given you?…then return the ‘love’.
And Paul goes on to say…. ‘now…here is how you do THAT. You gotta move from ‘conform’ mindset to ‘transform’ mindset. You gotta recognize that the ideas, views, and mindset that you grow up with in this ‘fallen’ world system…such is NOT God’s ideas, views, and mindset. John says this temporary world system is under the control of the dark side… So you gotta do a major paradigm shift and move from old mindset to new mindset. You gotta ‘morph’ 😊….you gotta TRANSFORM from old to new. And you do that through a renewal process.
We renew our mind…begin to bring-in God’s ideas, views, mindset…by spending time in the Word and in time with Jesus. When we do ‘that’…the Spirit of God…takes the light and truth from the time in the word and prayer and installs that light and truth down into the old mindset to create a new mindset….kinda of like over-writing the old software. The reason we don’t transform so easily…is because it ain’t easy…if it were easy everyone would simply transform. But we are at war folks…eternity is at stake. Our old mindset is under the control of the world systems – evil one…the power of the dark side. So…we have to learn to use the tools of the light…the tools of the Spirit (the force) time in the Word and time with the Lord…’so that’ we can transform and become all we were intended to be…
For more on this concept of renewing….you can go to my 2017 (now retired, but still posted) blog.. lettherebelight.blog and look through the categories and go-to ‘The Default System’ articles. It will greatly help you understand the power of the old mindset that belongs to the fallen world system..how it affects us and how it interferes with God’s desire for us to renew and transform into the new mindset. The dark side does not want us to move into the light and truth of being transformed and renewed because it does not want us to see the light and beauty of what it looks and feels like to experience God in His goodness, to know how pleasing He and His ways are..and how perfect His will is.
Father…I pray that all of us will really bare down this year and transform more into the people you desire us to be ‘so that’ we can experience you good, pleasing, and perfect will ‘so that’ we can bear more eternal fruit. We can’t do ‘that’ without your source and supply working in us. We need your help. We turn to you now…we ask YOU to help us transform. Amen
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