You cannot afford not to renew your mind precious child of God.
THIS IS SERIOUS BUSINESS WITH GOD
By Pieter Kirstein
1 I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
We are called as followers of Christ to embrace a life of sacrifice. If you refuse to obey then how can you claim that He is your God?
You either follow your own mind in rebellion against God or you humble yourself and choose to renew your mind according to His word because you will be judged by the standard of His righteousness proclaimed in His truth which is given for our admonition, our freedom, our comfort, our encouragement, our education and above all to bring us into agreement with His ways and intimate relationship with the blessed God.
The commandment says – “present yourself a living sacrifice because in the kingdom, love towards God is not merely the empty uttering of religious words from an empty heart while we carry on living in rebellion against what we say because if this is the case we’re only deceiving ourselves. True love, JESUS said to me, requires SACRIFICE. God calls us into agreement and freedom but we can only be brought into the reality of such if we obey otherwise our deception and bondage remains.
Truth is given with a divine purpose. It’s desire is to deliver us from our own foolish ways. Therefore love towards God is not spoken beloved, IT MUST BE DEMONSTRATED because faith without obedient action is dead and powerless. The book of Acts could not be the book of Acts unless the Apostles acted out their faith in God by demonstration. Obedience gives faith credibility.
Further we see in Romans 12:1 and 2 that we can only become a living sacrifice acceptable to God through the renewing of our thoughtlife. This means that we cannot think as the world thinks any longer in the context of how we used to view and understand life from the fallen perspective of the carnal mind.
We all used to think and do according to the ways of our sinful nature spoken of in Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, jealousies, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Contentions, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
We are called by God to sacrifice all these things and to be renewed and brought into agreement with the mind of Christ that we may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
To be brought into agreement with the mind and the ways of God means the sacrifice and the destruction of the ungodly ways of our former life.
God can only truly bring us forth as entire new creations by allowing ourselves to be conformed and regenerated through the power of His truth.
Can we say that we are new creations if we still think and do like the world thinks and do ?
Can we claim to be followers of Christ if we refuse to let go of the things that corrupts and defile our hearts and our minds?
God confirms our call to holiness and obedience through sacrifice in the following scripture.
Ephesians 4:17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you no longer walk as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto licentiousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
20 But you have not so learned Christ;
21 If so be that you have heard Him, and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus:
22 That you put off concerning the former way of life the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24 And that you put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
25 Therefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another.
26 Be angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
27 Neither give place to the devil.
28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needs.
29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, by whom you are sealed unto the day of redemption.
31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
32 And be you kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you.
Have you heard Him?
Have you been taught by Him?
The evidence and outcome must result in a virtues life full of good fruit and godliness unless we fail the test.
James 1:26 If any man among you seems to be religious, and bridles not his tongue, but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.
James 2:12 So speak, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.
Suggested petition to the throne of God.
Righteous holy Father I realise my own weakness before You but by faith in You I now declare Your all – sufficiency and the fact that Your strength is made perfect in my weakness. Father it’s my petition therfore this day that You be glorified by turning my every weakness into the strength of Your Spirit.
Holy Spirit I ask that You now take the fiery key of God’s truth and authority according to Matthew 5:6 and push it into my heart right now and unlock Your passion and holy zeal for the Word of God.
God I repent of all idol worship even the elevation of my own foolish fleshly opinions above the will and counsel of the Lord. I ask to be cleansed and radically renewed as You come to take hold of me in the depths of me.
Holy Spirit please rewrite and renew my thought life through the renewing of the mind and release the hammer of Your authority to destroy and demolish strongholds and everything that’s been exalting itself in my life against the knowledge of Christ.
God I want to live in total obedience and agreement with Your will and Your sacred ways and be a holy living sacrifice pleasing to the Lord my God.
Be honored and glorified through the renunciation of my former way of life and capture and sanctify my entire heart and mind to the standard of the righteousness of Your Son.
In Jesus name I pray.