I appeal to you therefore, (sisters) by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2 ESV
You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God. 1 Corinthians 6:20 ESV
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. James 4: 7-8 ESV
The words present, conform, transform, renew, glorify, submit, resist and draw are words that require action.
The first four letters in willingness make two words, and form a question, Will I? Will I present myself to God? Will I conform to what God wants? Will I let God transform me? Will I renew myself daily? Will I let my actions glorify God? Will I submit to God? Will I resist the devil? Will I draw near to God?
How do I present myself to God? Am I in prayer, reading God’s word? When I read God’s word am I conforming to become the woman God wants me to be? When I pray to be transformed do my actions show that transformation? When I sin do I ask for renewal as soon as I recognize there is sin in my life? When I considers my actions today, did they glorify God? Did I resist the devil and draw near to God?
What areas of my life do I need to submit to God? There is a song I used to teach as a Sunday School teacher. Oh be careful little eyes what you see, oh be careful little eyes what you see. For the Father up above is looking down in love, oh be careful little eyes what you see. The next verses are: Oh be careful little hands what you do. Oh be careful little feet where you go. Oh be careful little mind what you think. I think this is what we have to do to resist the devil. Every area of our life needs to be under God’s spiritual microscope.
Will you draw near to God when your world is falling apart? Will you draw near God to hear his voice? Will you draw near to God when you feel disappointment? Will you draw near to God when everything is alright in your world?
Father God, today my heart is heavy. I have a dear friend whose daughter lost a baby at 28 weeks. My best friend just lost her father. A family member is struggling with a cross that I wonder if the burden is to heavy to carry. I don’t know if I am strong enough to help her with her crisis. I am really afraid for her and what she is facing. I am suffering daily with pain that sometimes I just want to pull the covers over my head and stay in bed but I have a job and I have to go to work. I struggle with wanting to conform to the world and I give in to my earthly habits of sleeping 15 more I am minutes instead of getting up and meeting with you. I struggle with what I watch on television because I am tired and I want to veg out. I struggle trusting you when it comes to letting go of my adult children and letting you have your will in their lives and the lives of my grandchildren. I struggle when I am tired, I say some ugly things to my husband and my thoughts are not very pleasing. I question who is in charge of this world when evil is everywhere. Lord, I just need to feel your love and presence. In Romans 12: 1-2 I am reminded that I can renew my mind by reading your love letter to me. In 1 John 1:9, I can ask for forgiveness for when my words do not glorify you and you are faithful and just to forgive me. I can be like woman who reaches out to touch the hem of your garment because you do heal. Today, I am entrusting my problems to you because your grace is sufficient to meet my needs. If your grace is sufficient to meet my needs, then your grace is sufficient to meet my grown children’s needs, my grandchildren’s needs, my friend’s need as she grieves the loss of her father, my other friend’s need as she grieves the loss of the little ballerina that is now dancing in heaven. Your grace is sufficient to relieve her daughter’s emotional and physical pain as she feels the emptiness in her body and the loss of her dreams for this child. Your grace will help me help my family member with this tremendous burden. Lord transform me to trust and obey for I know there is no other way, to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.