Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a
living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of
worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the
renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which
is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
As I was reading and studying, I ask myself, what are the characteristic of the
world’s system of thinking and acting?
After reading this scripture in Psalm 2:2-3 I saw It begins with hatred. Hatred
against God and against Jesus His Son.
The Bible says in Psalm 2:2-3
The kings of the earth take their stand
And the rulers take counsel together
Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,
“Let us tear their fetters apart
And cast away their cords from us!”
The Bible tells us that at the crucifixion the religious rulers and all who were part
of the world’s system of thinking and living, expressed it like this: “ But his
citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this
man to reign over us.” Luke 19:14
When I read this, I felt my heart squeeze with sadness and my eyes filled with
tears. They didn’t want anything to do with the holy Son of God, who was the
kindest and most courageous One, the very Creator who was giving them
breath. Jesus loved the ones who were rejecting Him! These were the ones He
came to save.
Have you experienced rejection because you have clashed with those who are
in your class at school or part of any group that thinks and acts like the world?
You may have felt their hatred because you are a Christian. Rejection hurts a lot
but the wonderful thing is that Jesus knows your hurt and cares. If He has
allowed it in your life, (as you trust Him) He will use it in your life for good. If you
feel hatred toward those who have made fun of you and rejected you because of
how you look, or because you love Jesus and live for Him…. Let God take your
anger and hatred and turn it to love. Yes! Jesus love can and will burst forth in
your heart for the ones you would naturally hate…. But first, before you can
experience resurrection power (to love your enemies) you must experience
‘death’ to ‘self’, by denying yourself and taking up your cross daily (death to your
flesh) and following the Master even in suffering.
Hear me dear ones, Jesus said to expect suffering. He said Don’t be surprised
by it…. Accept it and on your knees ‘thank’ Him for it, thank Him He will use it to
bring glory to His name and He will use it for your good. Thank Him that you
have this opportunity to trust Him to work powerfully in your life. We are to walk
by faith and see every trial as a gift and an opportunity to trust Him by faith.
There is nothing on earth more powerful or exciting than loving the unlovely.
Think about the Truth that we ourselves have nothing to offer God or to make us
worthy of His love. Nothing! We do not keep Him loving us because we ‘do
spiritual things’. There is not one thing we have that will give God cause to love
I am so thankful for this Truth. I know I could never consistently earn His love.
He loves you and He loves me because that is who He is. He cannot act apart
from who He is and He is love. So our being loved is secure because it depends
completely on Christ’s finished work on the Cross. Hallelujah.
A very important step in this process of trusting Christ in our suffering is
forgiveness. There are times I just cannot forgive and then the cry of my heart
is….”Lord forgive them for me, love them through me.”
ACTION: Pray God will protect your mind and heart. Ask Him to give you
discernment. Be aware of the many ways temptation and selfishness open our
hearts to embrace the world’s system of thinking and living. The only way to
steel up the girders of your mind is to BE IN GOD’S WORD! This is not a game.
Satan plays mean and he plays for keeps. Because we are in Christ, we have
victory in our Lord Jesus Christ. Here is what I read in the Bible this morning:
‘but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.’
I Corintians 15:57
‘Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!’ Romans 7:25
For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
Doesn’t it make you want to jump and shout His praise and worth? Dance before
Him and thank Him in song?
Namer of the stars… Lover of our souls, You who Keep and protect and provide
and redeem! We shout “Glory to Your Holy Name!” You who teach us to trust
You for all we do not understand and for the trials that sting and crush, You
alone are God and You reign! I do not really understand that! Bt I know You are
faithful now and forever. I love you Jesus, Holy One. Thank You for loving us
and keeping us and for being filled with loving compassion toward us. We pray
in the perfect name above all names, Jesus. amen!