Monday, December 16, 2013

The will of God

Dear God, Your will, nothing more, nothing less, nothing else.

   There will be times when you will experience a crisis of belief. Pressures of life increase, and your bright outlook on the future dims. Your path becomes unclear because of the trials you face. When this happens, how do you handle your circumstances?
   The world tells you to judge the situation by what you see. God asks that you keep your eyes on Him. The world commands you to overcome obstacles by strength, with, affluence, and power. God asks you to trust Him.
Romans 12:2 admonishes, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
In other words, once you accept Christ as your Savior, you are to live by different standards. Handle your situations by placing your trust on God, not on the world’s rules.
   A. J. Conyers writes, “Christians must never forget that this world is not home…Adaptation may be second nature, but it can also be the death of our first nature―that created in the image of God and then recreated by the grace of God in Christ.”
   As Scripture prescribes, do not be conformed to this world. Renew your mind in the midst of difficulty. Rely upon God’s love and be confident that His will is good, acceptable, and perfect for you.
 July 2001
                In Touch page 28
  
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God―this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer 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 12:1-2

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