Tuesday, March 3, 2015

50 Days of Transformation - March 3rd

It seems the winter weather has changed the schedules for our Transformation Series.  We will continue the series on Mental Health in NEXT WEEK’S DEVOTIONALS.  This week, let’s stay focused on transformation with some additional thoughts on Romans 12:2 and our SPIRITUAL and PHYSICAL transformation. You will find the questions from your Transformed book at the end which you can answer in the Notes pages or on the blank pages in the back of your Transformed book.

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.  Romans 12:1-2 NASB

A Deeper Look at Romans 12:1-2
Bible reading is good for our general inspiration and knowledge of God’s work in history and His desires for our lives.  Reading through the scriptures we begin to comprehend more of God’s plan and His mighty power.  Casual reading of Romans 12:1-2 would cause one to recognize that there is a need for consecration.  But deeper study into the words and text help us understand exactly what that consecration looks like. 

Many times it helps to read another translation or transliteration (a paraphrase of the scripture which is not a direct translation) such as The Message.  See how it paraphrases Romans 12:1-2:

So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life--your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life--and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.  Romans 12:1-2 MSG

50 Days of Transformation was planned to help anyone who has decided that they do want to grow in Christ to have a way to do just that.  It’s not fair for the pastor to keep calling for deeper consecration if a method is not given for that to occur.  The large number of people who have responded to 50 Days has validated the fact that there are many hungry for a deeper walk with God and weary of being run over by the world. 

It cannot be forgotten that we are body, soul and spirit.  It’s not hard to determine which is in control of our lives.  Our bodies can often take control with physical drives or physical problems capturing our minds.  The deterioration of our health affects our mind as well with weariness and pain.  The physical body can even control our self-image and attitude.

It is our souls that can really take over our lives, for this is the seat of our emotions.  We will study this in a couple of weeks but who has not had problems with feelings? Allowing our feelings to override our reason has gotten all of us in trouble more than once.

Spiritual control of our lives is what we are looking for to discover God’s promised blessings.  Inside of each of us is that eternal place where we come into contact with God.  It is the center of our being and the true place of our identity.  When the spirit is given control it can overcome physical pain and emotions out of control.  That is the purpose of strengthening your spirit.  One of the three, body, soul or spirit, is calling the shots.  The strongest will win.

Paul’s desire for the church from Ephesians 3 16 is our Scripture to Claim: that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man.

Questions and Prayer:

What Did You Hear?
What Do You Think?
What Will You Do?
Now Talk to God...

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