"Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect." Romans 12:2 NLT
Thoughts for Today
Christians know that their salvation came through faith in Jesus Christ--not through their good works (Galatians 2:16). However, after we become Christians, we often pick up the "I can do it myself" banner again. We usually have a desire to grow in a lifestyle that pleases God, but many of us try to do this on our own and remain frustrated with our performance.
Just as we were saved by faith in Christ--not by our works--we must trust God to transform us into a new person by changing the way we think. Real transformation can only come through his power. We cannot begin to please him without continuing in a walk of faith--strengthening our relationship with him and trusting him to change us step-by-step into the person he has called us to be.
Consider this …
Have you slipped back into old habits that you have tried to change? Maybe you mean well, but you keep making the same mistakes over and over--blurting out hurtful words … losing your temper … returning to substance abuse … seeking out pornography … Remember, you cannot bring about your own transformation. Focus on God. Spend time with him in prayer and in the Bible. Build your relationship with him--and let him transform the way you think. Step-by-step you will learn to know his will for you and with his help you will grow in a lifestyle that pleases him.
Father, thank you for the gift of salvation through Jesus. I pray that the Holy Spirit will guide me and strengthen me in my walk with you. I pray that you will transform me into a new person by changing the way I think. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from …Completely Free! A Group Study of Romans 1-8 by Dan Strickland. Everyone struggles from time-to-time, but we can have confidence that in Christ we are completely free from sin's slavery, from condemnation, and from fear of failure. This group study of Romans 1-8 and 12 helps Christians break out of the dull routine of a stagnant spiritual life. Applying the truths found in Romans can transform any believer into a person eager to follow God's will. This study can also serve as a powerful evangelistic tool by explaining the message of salvation as presented in Romans. Suggested uses include home Bible studies, cell groups, Sunday school classes, support groups and personal enrichment.
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