“Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to His service and pleasing to Him. This is the true worship that you should offer. Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God ….” Romans 12:1-2 (GN)
Ever wonder how you can really know the will of God for your life? You can. This verse reveals the key to unlocking the mystery of God’s will. The truth is, His will is revealed through His Word. Whenever you read the word then in Scripture, a good question to ask yourself is when? When will I be able to know the will of God? To find the answer, you need to go back to the verse and read what came before the word then.
If I am to know the will of God for my life, the Bible gives some practical steps I must take:
- Offer myself as a living sacrifice to God. (Someone said the trouble with living sacrifices is that they want to squirm off the altar.)
- Dedicate myself to God’s service.
- Do not conform myself to the standards of this world any longer. (Conformity comes from the outside to press you into a mold while transformational change comes from the inside.)
- Let God transform me inwardly by a complete change of mind.
“Then you will be able to know the will of God…”
Do you really want to know the will of God for your life? Before God reveals His will to us, He waits for us to listen. Could it be that, while we have been waiting for God to speak and show us His will, He has been waiting on us?
Has God been waiting on your commitment to offer yourself as a living sacrifice to Him? To dedicate yourself to His service? To be transformed inwardly by the truth of His Word that brings a complete change of mindset than you ever had before? Take that step today and listen to what God has to say to you in the rest of this chapter. (Romans 12)
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At some point in our lives, we encounter someone – whether it be a parent, a mentor, a teacher, a pastor or employer – who greatly impacts the way we look at our own life and the world. Perhaps, it’s someone with high standards and expectations who really stood for something they believed in, who inspired, encouraged, and motivated us to be more than we imagined we could be. Maybe, it’s someone who showed us how to set goals and imparted the confidence and energy to achieve them. These are true leaders. True, authentic leaders create more leaders. They lead us in such a way that we are forever changed. They leave a memory and a spirit that are built to last inside each one of us. Continue reading
In Tim McGraw’s song, Humble and Kind, he sings, “I know you got mountains to climb, but always stay humble and kind.” In many ways, it’s the same timeless treasure that Micah shared with us in the Bible over 2,600 years ago!
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8 (ESV)
I love to-do lists. They keep me focused on getting things done, and I’m happy when I can cross items off my list! In our constant state of busyness and 24/7 electronic communications, it’s no wonder we feel as though we never get everything done! Have you ever imagined what a daily to-do list for Jesus might look like?
- Be all that I AM.
- Pray for My people.
- Heal the sick and suffering.
- Spread the Good News.
- Train the disciples.
Now that’s a to-do list! Continue reading
We are all fascinated by stories and movies where characters travel through time into the future, hoping to return with knowledge to improve their lives and the lives of their loved ones. Although entertaining, these stories are merely fictional. There is one book though, the Bible, where we know all the great truths and knowledge about our future!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)
Winning others over is the ability to meet and influence people and get them to like, follow, or obey you. We have too many leaders today who believe their positions mandate their influence, rather than their influence enabling them to be effective in their positions. They lead by a “my way or the highway” mindset that makes them more like dictators. As best-selling author and leadership expert John Maxwell says, “Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It’s about one life influencing another.”
The ability to lead by influence requires, among other things, strong communication skills. Throughout the Bible, we see example after example of Jesus’ effective communication style. Jesus, the Great Communicator, teaches us it’s not just what you say, but how you say it. Continue reading
Whether it’s leading a team of fellow workers, volunteers, or our own families, we have the best role model for leadership in Jesus, the greatest leader of all time! He is the leader who took a disorganized “staff” of twelve into a thriving organization with billions of followers across the globe that’s lasted over 2,000 years.
Good leaders are easy to follow. Jesus was especially easy to follow because he was approachable. In many cases, people buy into the leader before they even understand the leader’s vision. This was certainly the case with Jesus. Continue reading
“The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us do what is right.” 2 Tim. 3:16 (LB)
What is your source of authority in life? How do you know what is right from wrong? For many, the standard is what they feel or think. It could be their heritage, tradition, experience, or culture. For the Christ follower, there is a much higher standard of truth. It is the only reliable and accurate source of authority by which we can live our lives in confidence, knowing we are doing the will of God. What is it? It is God’s Word – the Bible. Someone said the Bible stands for Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. Continue reading
“God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)
Are you driven by fear? There are both healthy and unhealthy fears. A healthy fear is a fear of God that means reverential awe and respect for God as God in your life. Proverbs 1:7 says that kind of fear is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom. Unhealthy fears distort the image of God in our minds and prevent us from enjoying the freedom and confidence in Christ that is ours as His children. Continue reading
“Train yourself to be godly.” 1 Timothy 4:7 (NIV)
In his book, The Life You’ve Always Wanted, John Ortberg says, “Spiritual transformation is not a matter of trying harder, but of training wisely.” This is the thought behind what Paul told his young protégé, Timothy, in 1 Timothy 4:7. Some of the different translations help us to understand the difference between trying harder and training wisely:
• “Train yourself to be godly.” (NIV)
• “Spend your time and energy in training yourself for spiritual fitness.” (LB)
• “Keep yourself in training for a godly life.” (GN)
• “Exercise daily in God – no spiritual flabbiness, please.” (MSG)
“We know that to those who love God, who are called according to His plan, everything that happens fits into a pattern for good.” Romans 8:28 Ph)
God has a promise for every problem in your life. If you will claim His promise, there is no problem in your life that can derail God’s purpose for you. The Bible says,
“No matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘yes’ in Christ. And so through Him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God.” 2 Cor. 1:20 (NIV)
“Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.” Jeremiah 33:3 (MSG)
One of the great promises of God is His response when we call. “Call to Me and I will answer you.” I don’t even get that from my own kids, do you? Not only does He promise to answer you, but He adds, “I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.” That’s awesome, isn’t it? Just as friends share confidences, God also loves to confide His Truth in the lives of His children! Continue reading
“O God, … we do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.” 2 Chronicles 20: 12 (NIV)
What do you do when you don’t know what to do? Life can be overwhelming, and indecision just causes stress. Last week, we learned about a king named Jehoshaphat who “set (his) heart on seeking God.” Jehoshaphat was requested to enter into a partnership with another king; he and this king were connected through the marriage of their children. In response, Jehoshaphat said,
“First seek the counsel of the Lord.” 2 Chron. 18:4 (NIV)
“First seek the counsel of the Lord.” 2 Chronicles 18:4b (NIV)
The stories of the Old Testament provide awesome object lessons for us today. Here’s one you will want to read in 2 Chronicles 18. It’s about a King named Jehoshaphat. There’s a name for you. He was the son of another king named Asa. Asa was a good king; but, in his older years, he drifted from the Lord. How tragic to grow older but not wiser! Continue reading
“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you…” Romans 15:7a (NIV)
How does God accept you? A songwriter put it like this “He looked beyond my fault and saw my need.” He accepts me by grace and mercy. By God’s grace, I get what I don’t deserve – forgiveness. By His mercy, I don’t get what I do deserve – judgment. Behind it all is an everlasting love He has for me. Continue reading