Last week I kept repeating the same words as I prayed, “Not my will be done, but your will be done in my life, in Jesus Name!” Well not long after I prayed that prayer I kept being led to read Romans the 12th chapter.”
I read Romans the 12th chapter this morning and when I got to the 2nd verse I shouted! Romans 12:2 reads: 2And 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.
My prayer last week was to do the will of my Heavenly Father, as I kept repeating the words, “Not my will but your will be done,” I know now the answer for God’s will for my life was contained in the scripture I was admonished to read. One of the first charges we are given in that scripture is; not conformed to this world, in order to get a clear understanding let’s look at the word conform. The American Heritage Dictionary defines conform as this: To correspond in form or character; be similar 2. to act or be in compliance; comply, 3. to act in accordance with current customs or modes.
The bible admonishes us as believers in the body of Christ not to form ourselves like the world, not to be similar to what the world is doing, not to be in compliance with what the world is doing, and further that we not be in agreement with current worldly customs or modes.
Romans the 2nd chapter further charges us with this statement, ‘but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,’ let’s look at how the word ‘transform’ is defined. The American Heritage Dictionary defines it as this: to change markedly the form or appearance of 2. to change the nature, function or condition of, convert.
The word of God tells us not to set ourselves in agreement with the world, not to comply with what the world is doing, with its beliefs, but to change our form and our appearance, to change our nature, to change how we function, our conditions, and convert. How do we convert?
The bible says that we convert or transform by renewing our minds, how does the dictionary define renewing, it defines renewing as this: to make new or as if new again; restore, 2. to take up again; resume, 3. To repeat so as to reaffirm, to regain, revive.
So the bible is telling us if we make our minds new again and if we restore our minds, we will become transformed, you see in the scripture the action we are being encouraged to take is to transform, the goal in the scripture is that we transform, the recipe for transformation is by reviving, reaffirming, restoring and renewing our minds.
Ultimately the bible says that if we refuse to set ourselves in agreement with the world, but we do the work of transformation (change the appearance, the nature, function and condition) of our minds by renewing (make new, restore, reaffirm regain and revive), then we will be able to prove what is that good, acceptable and perfect will of God!
The dictionary defines prove as this: to establish the truth or validity of by presentation or argument or evidence 2. to establish the authenticity of (a will), 3. to determine the quality by testing; try out.
My beloved brothers and sisters if you’re searching for the will of God for your life, the word of God gives us the recipe for finding out what that is. The bible urges us first, not to conform to this word, in other words don’t be like the world, secondly it tells us to be transformed, in other words to change in form and appearance, in nature and function, by renewing, or reviving our minds. The bible goes on to state that if we do this we will be able to prove, in other words we will be able to establish, validate, and test the good, acceptable and perfect will of God by the evidence of our transformation. Hallelujah Lord Jesus!
A few weeks ago I was encouraged to meditate on the word of God, because when we meditate on the word of God we will certainly find the answers we seek for all of life’s questions, even our most personal question, what is God’s will for my life. Thank you for listening, as always, To God be the Glory for the things HE has done!
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Lisa, continue being obedient to the voice of God. And continue to share with us as you grow in Him. Your artcle is one needed especially this weekend as we see the way that society has reformed the eve of 'All Saints Day' and is now using it to promote evil. Keep on serving and seeking His will for your life. I sent you a thank you note for your encouraging words via messenger but not sure if you have access to messenger. If you haven't received my message please let me know via email or the contact form on my website. God bless!