Who wants to be a better than they were in 2016 in some aspect of your spiritual life? I think there is always some room for improvements in our walk with Jesus. But what I want to focus on today is changing the ways you are following the world instead of Jesus. Sometimes we can fall into following the crowds or following what someone in our life wants or following a desire within us that maybe leads us in the wrong direction. What about if in 2017 you can make a plan to follow your Lord and not the ways of the world.
Romans 12:2 tells us Do not conform to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.
See the Word here tells us not to follow the ways of the world. So, the first step in a renewed mind is to figure out what patterns of the world you are following. Make a list. Write down the things you are doing that are things of the world and not what God would want for you. Maybe you are not loving like Jesus would, maybe you are harboring unforgiveness, maybe it’s a destructive behavior. List what you know are patterns of the world you are following. Then pray and ask God to reveal to you more ways that you are conforming to what the world or your flesh wants and write down the things that are revealed to you.
Next, be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Work on the things you wrote down. Get in God’s Word so you know His ways instead of the world’s ways. Renewing of your mind comes from being in the Word and a close intimate relationship with God. Make His ways your ways and your mind will be renewed. You will have a different way of thinking. You will have different actions. You will feel the power and presence of God more clearly because those old ways will be gone.
If you have wanted to see a transformation in someone in 2016, the transformation starts with you right now.
Put down the ways of the world and look to God for His ways. The verse then says that when your mind is renewed, you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is. Don’t you want that, doesn’t everyone? Let the Lord renew your mind so that He can reveal His will to you. Follow Him in ALL your ways and leave the ways of the world behind this year. Pray that God will help you through your list of ways you’re following the world and not Him. Pray for his strength when you are weak and pray for His grace when you may mess up. But every single day, set out to make your ways His ways.
May you be blessed and encouraged.
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