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A Conformed Rebel
by Martin Wiles
05/11/13
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In general, Iím a conformist, but there are times when Iím a rebel at heart.

Take driving for example. Iíve always obeyed the speed limit-even when I was a teenager. The only traffic ticket Iíve ever received was a warning for speeding, but even that was unintentional. I had just placed oversized tires on my truck, and they misgauged the speedometer. I also drive on the right side of the road, face forward when I do, and wear a seat belt even though I donít particularly enjoy the strap over my shoulder.

But there are times when I want to break driving laws. Drive 90 in a 70. Not slow down for the 45 mph sign posted in the middle of nowheresville. Ram into the back of the idiot who cut me off. Slam on brakes for the tailrider behind me. And just have a good case of road rage.

But I contain my rebel spirit because God says, Donít copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think (Romans 12:2 NLT).

My drive to conform to Godís commands and not the worldís begins with thoughts. What I think on long enough will eventually spill over into actionsÖgood or bad, unless I allow God to change my way of thinking. Actions are initially just one time occurrences, but repeated actions become a lifestyle and eventually form character-the person we truly are not necessarily the person people see. Lifestyles in turn have consequences. An obedient lifestyle summons Godís blessings while disobedient living invites his loving wrath.

Being a conformist is admirable as long as itís Godís directives weíre adhering to. Let God renew your mind daily so you can experience his best for you.

Prayer: Father in heaven, we give our minds to Your conforming work so our actions will in turn honor You. www.lovelinesfromgod.com

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