By Kendra Clarke
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is the good, well-pleasing, and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2).
When we believe that God is who He says He is and that He will do exactly what He says He will do, we will free our minds and unshackle our spirits from the cares and the burdens of this world. We will, in the process be released from the fear that keeps us bound, which will in turn allow, “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding to guard our hearts and minds in Jesus Christ “(Philippians 4:7). This is an ongoing, painstaking process as we attempt to subdue our flesh to bring it under submission to the Holy Spirit. Painstaking, because the flesh will not give up so easily its attraction to all things material and physical. Sadly, this process doesn’t happen overnight. It takes a concerted effort and an acknowledgement that we are weak in and of ourselves, but the Lord is our strength (Psalm 28:7). Though difficult, the rewards for our obedience cannot be measured by the likes of this world, as it is beyond anything we could ever can imagine. “For blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him” (James 1:12).
As we go through the difficult process of change, God assures us that we will not go through alone as He tells us, “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10). We have to exercise faith to believe and receive what God promises to give us. This is because, “without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who approaches Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). We will find comfort in God’s promise to guard our hearts and minds, however, as in any relationship, we must be willing do something as well. We must be willing to:
Trust Him; Love Him; Fear Him; Obey Him; Delight in Him; Wait on Him; Ask of Him; Know Him; Depend on Him; Have Faith in Him; Believe in Him; Seek Him and Submit to Him.
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