“Do not conform 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 12:2.
Without a strong relationship with God, we cannot break free from worldly desires and selfish pursuits.
Only a living sacrifice in Romans 12:1 is able to break us from the pattern of this world. When we surrender to God wholeheartedly, we find the desires and temptations of the world diminishing. The alcoholic stops drinking, the smoker stops smoking, and drug abuser stops addiction. Similarly for hearts sins like pride, anger, and jealousy are removed because of a consecrated life in following Christ Jesus, in repentance. There is healing, restoration, and reconciliation with God and others in the family. Everyday we have to give our thoughts and emotions to God, casting all our cares to Him. Psalm 55:22. God will fill our minds with His Word, His Will and Wisdom, renewing our minds.
Jesus taught in Matthew 23:26, that we need to wash our cups from the inside and not just cleaning on the outside. Do we have negative thoughts or feelings about something or someone? Are we thinking, saying, and doing things pleasing to God? Let’s come to God and renew our minds with His Word which sanctifies us from the inside out.
To God be the glory!
With Love Always,
Pastor Darien Choo
13 February 2022