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Romans 12:2

Be Transformed

2 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.

Worshiping God in the way that Paul has called upon each of us to do in the first verse requires a drastic change in our thinking. We are not naturally inclined to set ourselves aside and to live our life as a sacrifice to God. Our very nature demands that we satisfy the flesh.

The world that we live in reinforces our natural desires. No one can remain holy for very long if he allows the world around him to influence his desires, his decisions and his actions. We live in a time when everything that is good is depicted as evil and that which is evil is said to be good. After awhile it can be confusing, especially for new Christians who have not had time to develop a solid Biblical world view.

The command is, "Do not conform yourself to the present age." The world in this age is evil as compared to the age that is to come and it has no power over us. We cannot blame our sins on the age in which we live. We are the only ones to blame, if we conform ourselves to it or allow ourselves to be conformed by it.

Instead, we are to be transformed. "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." (2Corinthians 5:17) But the maturation of this new creature takes time and work. By studying God's word, by fellowship with the saints, by serving Christ, and by much prayer, our minds will be renovated to such an extent that we will no longer recognize the old man that was in us.

The purpose for this renewal of the mind is to enable us to prove or discern the will of God. "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." (1Corinthians 2:14) Once a person has been reborn, he has the desire to serve God, is then able to know the will of God and should apply himself to that end.

Christians should learn what is good and acceptable to God. I have known some people who do not want to know God's will for their lives, because it might not be what they want for themselves. The very thought scares them. They are not believers of course. The believer, however, has no need to fear God's will for him. It is good. Everything about God is good; He is the measure of everything good. We should know that which is good and pleasing to Him.

Finally, we are to know that which is perfect in God's eyes. We should be able to discern the difference between those things that cannot satisfy Him and those that do. The old system of law, for example, was incomplete and imperfect, but the law of mercy and grace is perfect and complete.

True repentance must begin here. It must begin by transforming our minds from a secular world view to a biblical world view. We must learn to see things as God sees them. Sin has to be as abominable and repulsive to us as it is to God. By immersing ourselves in His word, in His church, and in His work, we will transform our minds to be in harmony with the mind of Christ and will be able to do the will of the Father.

Before The Throne:

Begin by asking God to work in you, transforming you by renewing your mind. Pray for His will to be revealed to you when you read your Bible. Pray over every passage and ask God what He wants you to learn from it. Is there a command to obey, a sin to avoid, a promise in which to trust, or an example to follow? Then, prayerfully apply those things to your life.

For Further Study:

** be not. Exod 23:2; Lev 18:29-30; Deut 18:9-14; John 7:7; John 14:30; John 15:19; John 17:14; 1Cor 3:19; 2Cor 4:4; 2Cor 6:14-17; Gal 1:4; Eph 2:2; Eph 4:17-20; Jas 1:27; Jas 4:4; 1Pet 1:14, 18; 1Pet 4:2; 2Pet 1:4; 2Pet 2:20; 1John 2:15-17; 1John 3:13; 1John 4:4-5; 1John 5:19; Rev 12:9; Rev 13:8; ** be ye. Rom 13:14; Ps 51:10; Ezek 18:31; Ezek 36:26; 2Cor 5:17; Eph 1:18; Eph 4:22-24; Col 1:21-22; Col 3:10; Titus 3:5; ** prove. Rom 12:1; Ps 34:8; Eph 5:10, 17; 1Pet 2:3; ** good. Rom 7:12, 14, 22; Ps 19:7-11; Ps 119:47- 48, 72, 97, 103, 128, 174; Prov 3:1-4, 13-18; Gal 5:22-23; Eph 5:9; Col 4:12; 1Thess 4:3; 2Tim 3:16-17;


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