Aug 18, 2011

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30 for 30 Day 10 | Romans 12

30 for 30 Day 10 | Romans 12

30 for 30 is a daily walk with Christ which covers thirty small sections of scripture over thirty days.  The premise of the study is to really slow down and reflect on small snippets of scripture.  Today will be focused on Romans Chapter 12

Living Sacrifices

 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.  2 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. 

 3 For by the grace given me I say to everyone of you:  Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself will sober judgement, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.  4 Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.  6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.  If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it proportion to his faith.  7 If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8 if it is encouraging, let him encourage;  if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. 

9 Love must be sincere.  Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.  10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.  Honor one another above yourselves.  11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.  12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.  13 Share with God’s people who are in need.  Practice hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.  15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.  16 Live in harmony with one another.  Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.  Do not be conceited. 

17 Do not repay evil for evil.  Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.  18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.  19 Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written:  “It is mine to avenge; I will repay, ” says the Lord.  20 On the contrary:  “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him something to drink.  In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

 

Is there a Lesson to be learned?

Wow, this chapter is very dense with meaning.  I would say the first lesson to be learned is to transform yourself by the renewing of your mind.  By doing this, you will be able to break free from the patterns of this world.  The question is, how does one go about renewing his mind?  Personally, my mind was transformed after I started reading the Bible.  After daily doses of scripture, I was able to physically feel the Holy Spirit burning within.  At that point my mind was set free, and I haven’t been the same since. 

The second lesson is that all of us have been given different talents similar to a body which as different parts.  As Christians, we need to bring our talents together and function as one body to spread God’s word.

A third lesson is to love your Christian brothers, put them above yourself.

Yet a fourth lesson is to pray for those who persecute you and to not be proud.

Also do not repay evil with evil, but overcome evil with good.

Is there Sin to confess?

I am a Sinner.  There have been many times in my life that I have felt proud.  The problem was that I was evaluating my successes by worldly standards and was shortchanging myself from a fulfilling relationship with Christ.

Are there any New Thoughts about God?

He wants all of me.  Not 50%, not 99%, but 100% of me.  He wants me to give 100% of me to him as a living sacrifice.

 

Would love to hear your thoughts, post a comment!!!

  1. I too, have experienced periods of time where my mind has been "renewed." (or blown up as I like to describe it) Reading the bible certainly is one of the best tools we have at our disposal. Many times I and others have said – I don't have time to read it, or it's too hard to understand. What I found and have shared with others is that we have no idea what we hold in our hands when we are holding the Word of God. It is the most powerful document ever created. I am never the same after reading it. Additionally, the Lord speaks to me right where I'm at each and every time. It has transformed my mind which has resulted in a transformed life. I look forward to the renewing experience it brings every time I pick it up.

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