Tuesday, January 10th .
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 ofGod (Romans 12:2).
As a Christian, it’s important how you think and what you think about. You’re not of this world; therefore, you shouldn’t think like an ordinary person. Don’t say, “I’m American or I’m Australian, as a result, there’s a way I think.” No! When you’re born again, you cease to be of your earthly nativity, because your spirit is recreated. You should therefore only think the Word-way. God’s Word must form the basis for the kind of thoughts you process and allow.
Now that you’re in Christ, you have a new culture: the Christ-culture. Until this becomes a reality in your spirit, you’ll live like an ordinary person and not experience the sublime blessings of the life in Christ. The Bible says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). You’re of a new lineage and heritage. Refuse to be described by any earthly culture or affiliation.
If you must be identified as a Zulu, Afrikaans, American, British, German, French, Nigerian, etc., let it be because you want to win those of such descent to Christ. That’s how the Apostle Paul puts it. He said, “And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, asunder the law, that I might gain them that are under the law” (1 Corinthians 9:20).
Our opening verse, in the New Living Translation says, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think….” As you meditate on the Word, your mind is programmed to think accordingly. You’ll begin to talk differently, and act in line with your confessions of faith. The Word of God is the only material that can energize you for success, position you for greatness, and sustain you in the transcendent life.
Dear Father, thank you for the education of my spirit, through your Word. As I study and meditate on the Word, my mind is renewed in knowledge and spiritual understanding. Therefore, through my knowledge of the Word, I allow only excellent things into my world, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study: || Romans 12:2 AMP Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]. ||
|| Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things. ||
Daily Scripture Reading
1-Year Bible Reading Plan: Matthew 8:1-27,
2-Year Bible Reading Plan: Matthew 5:11-20,
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