Living Sacrifice

 

“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 the image of 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

 

Father, I choose You.  I choose to believe You!  I choose to listen to Your Word.

Thank you,  Holy Spirit, for inspiring the Apostle Paul to pen the Book of Romans.  I have found and treasured Your mercies.  Because of Your mercies I am bound to present my body to you.  My spirit and soul are Yours.  My body is with me until my last breath and I understand that it needs to be on Your altar.

I don’t want to think, believe and follow the world’s system. I choose to be transformed by the renewing of my mind…I love Your Word! You have given me the gift of Your Word to renew my mind.

This is my prayer everyday.  This is my start everyday because in my sin sometimes I take myself off Your altar and choose to do things my way.  You whisper to me.  “You are My living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to Me–come back to My altar of peace, life and strength.  Live in obedience to Me and the world will see My will lived out in your life.”

 

Precious Ones….(that means you, the reader of this blog)

I took these two verses into my heart when I reached Romans 12.  I read and pondered them to a point they became embedded in my spirit.  The key to this beginning in Romans 12 is the first word, “therefore” referring to all the doctrine and teaching the Apostle Paul taught in the first 11 chapters. The mercies of God revealed in His truths and promises to us… our calling, justification, redemption, adoption, ALL of it.

What is our response? “present our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God which is our reasonable service of worship. AND how are we to live? “Be not conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of our mind that we may prove what is that good and acceptable will of God.”

God bless you,

Marilyn

 

 

 

 

He tells me who I am

My Father takes my hand and says, “Dear Child, don’t you know that I have named you?  You are “mine”?  I purchased you with the blood sacrifice of my only son!  My Father speaks to me  “You are accepted in the Beloved!”   “You are  chosen and My peculiar treasure!

In Max Lucado’s ‘Grace More Than We Deserve,  More Than We Could Imagine‘  I read “You are not loved because you are valuable.   Because you are loved, you are valuable.”

Now is the time for me to  see myself as my Father sees me.