Preaching, Teaching , and Notes

Romans 12:1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect , will of God.”

Now there should come to each of us who truly seek the Lord’s Will for our lives….that transformation of the mind.

Our natural mind should become spiritual. When it starts to, we become aware of our lives as a whole….how we divide them up:

We have our sacred life…..we have our lives with family,…and we have our school and job life,….we have our lives with friends….and we have our lives with strangers—those we do not think we will see again.

But as much as we are called to the joy of the Lord, we must come to the place where one “life” is as the other.

(For the joy of the Lord is the felt Presence of God in my life.)

When we do, then every act of ours, should be an act of worship to Christ.

Colossians 3:17, 23 “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;”

Our reactions….those instant looks and words which come out of our mouths….become actions…willed thoughts and obediences.

Our emotions do not have valleys and mountains…..but are continually going after what God feels is important.

A life of service to God is the result….service which is full of joy,…because full of the Presence of God.

I do not want to confuse anyone…..anyone who is born again, has the Holy Spirit with them.

But there is a difference in those born again….there are those giving God time in the morning and at night, or on Sunday and Wednesday service….

….or there are those giving Him my life to live through.

This is God’s Presence….He is there, in charge and giving us the grace needed for all the things we see, and feel.

Romans 12:2 “…but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,…”

To be transformed is to change from one thing into another. We are to transform our thoughts, attitudes, and character by…

…”renewing our mind”.

What is “renew our mind”? My husband used to say, “It is to think saved. I now belong to Jesus Christ, and since He has saved me, I am saved from sin and the world…..for HIs Will and glory. This is to think saved.”

To “think saved”, while in a scene of chaos and death around us…..can only be done really, as God’s grace becomes our daily bread. We hunger for it…we need it….we know we can not make it through…without His grace (the unmerited favor of power)

HIs grace sustains us….daily weaning our hearts from the things of this world…..and faith in exercise, keeps our eyes looking toward the Lord, in fellowship and union with Him.

Romans 12:3 “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”

We are lifted above the things which are seen and we are occupied with “that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

This is to be renewed in mind….which will transform our natural lives into spiritual lives….lived for the glory and will of God.

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