A Living Sacrifice

 

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, his good, pleasing, and perfect will.” Romans 12:2

 

Do you ever feel like you spend all of your energy fighting and trying to find peace? Do you feel like the enemy is working overtime to make you doubt, to give up? Well, I’m sure he is, but fortunately for us, God has given us direction on how to handle this battle and WIN.

Our minds can become so cluttered with negative thoughts. Worry, anxiety, fear…

These thoughts can also lead to feelings of rejection, unworthiness, hopelessness—the list goes on. This is because when those thoughts are allowed to come into the mind, they quickly travel to the heart. These thoughts and feelings are certainly not of God, so why do we choose to entertain them?

We were discussing racism last Thursday in youth group.  When I asked if anyone has ever been bullied becaue of their race, I was amazed how many put a hand up.  I then asked them how did it felt.  Some said it hurt because “they don’t really know me for who I am” and others were so angry.  Media is helping propel their minds into a hateful generation. They don’t even realize how much the world is bringing them into fear, hate and all negative thoughts.  We are conforming to the pattern of this world… and Romans is directing us to transform what God’s perfect will is for us.

Most times, we don’t even realize what’s happening. That’s how crafty the enemy can be. Remember that Peter warns, “be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8

When the enemy tries to enter, we must meet him at the door…do not let him take another step. We must focus our eyes on Jesus and keep our minds filled to the brim with God’s word, so there is no room for Satan’s lies.

Powerful but so true! 

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus! 

Arm yourself with scripture and let it fill your thoughts with the WORD of God.

Let it renew your mind, calm your spirit, and bring your joy and contentment to light.

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