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

 

 

 

 

You have secured me past, present and future

I am rejoicing in You, Father for all  You have done on my behalf

Your Word tells me that You have secured me in my salvation.

Through the death of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ  I have peace with God.

Through Christ’s eternal ministry as our great High Priest I stand in the grace of God.

In Jesus Christ I have been redeemed to exult in the ultimate hope of the glory of God.

Romans 5:1-2

On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand

by Edward Mote 1834

1 My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

Refrain:
On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
all other ground is sinking sand,
all other ground is sinking sand.

2 When darkness veils his lovely face,
I rest on his unchanging grace;
in every high and stormy gale,
my anchor holds within the veil. [Refrain]

3 His oath, his covenant, his blood
support me in the whelming flood;
when all around my soul gives way,
he then is all my hope and stay. [Refrain]

4 When he shall come with trumpet sound,
O may I then in him be found,
dressed in his righteousness alone,
faultless to stand before the throne. [Refrain]

I choose to trust You in the hardest places.

All I have is today.  Today is the gift my loving Heavenly Father gives me.

 The journey He has planned for me is good and  He is always with me directing and protecting me.  He has the perfect goal of conforming me to the image of His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. 

At this time I am moving through the valley of difficult times.  He tells me in His Word that these times on the journey are crucial.  I am choosing to trust Him.  Physical pain is the jagged path  on my journey.  He is carrying me and I am holding on to His mighty and holy  love.

I am trusting that He is always with me.  Hebrews 7 verse 25 tells me that He ever live to make intercession for us. 

Your love is powerful to conform me to the image of Your Son.

He is all powerful.

My father speaks to me through His awesome creation.  Trying to imagine what that day was like when He spoke everything into existence.  Your creative action spoke light and life and hope.

You speak to my heart today about the power of the gospel.

“For I am not ashamed of the Gospel for It is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes to the Jew first and also to the Greek.  For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith.  But the righteous man shall live by faith.”

Romans 1:16-17

My Father delights in me

What joy it brings to really know deep in my heart that my Heavenly Father delights in me.   I cry out to Him, “show me more of You”

What a joyful knowing, the knowing  that God delights in me just because….

He is my Father and that is Who He is.  I am His and out of His huge love for me He delights.  I can rest in that love of His.

I Didn’t Notice

My dear friend, Joanne Viola posts everyday on her blog DAYS & THOUGHTS. Be blessed as you read…. that you are noticed!

Days & Thoughts

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She stated to me that most days she feels invisible. It broke my heart as I think most of us have felt this way at some time or another. It is not a pleasant feeling.

Invisible is to be in a room filled with people, not know who to talk with and realize no one will be approaching you either. It’s as if no one notices you or even knows you are there.

The enemy would be quick to move in on those thoughts. He knows how to capitalize on a lie …

  • “Why should anyone notice you?”
  • “There’s nothing interesting about you.”
  • “If you were funnier, a better conversationalist or knew how to make small talk, maybe then they’d notice you.”

These lies will explode in our minds faster than an overblown balloon can pop. To prevent this, one must reign the lies in with the truth of God.

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Just Stand Firm

Stand firm…. dig in…. hold your position with your believing heart and mind!

Days & Thoughts

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One of the hardest things to do is “wait”. Waiting doesn’t sound like a faith word or even a word that demonstrates believing God. Waiting almost seems to have a faltering connotation, like what one would do at those times when one has no idea what else to do.

“To wait” >> “toremaininactiveorinastateofrepose,untilsomethingexpectedhappens” (as per dictionary.com).

There are times in life when we are confronted with a circumstance or difficulty in which we have no idea what we are to do. And like Moses, we must remind ourselves …

“Do not be afraid. Stand firm [wait] and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today.” (Exodus 14:13, NIV)

There it is – Wait. Wait until something happens. Faith says, “Wait. Stand firm.” Our feelings may tell us otherwise ….

  • Discouragement says, “Throw in the…

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As You Walk …

My dear friend, Joanne Viola, has a blog I follow. I always am encouraged in my faith and challenged to a closer walk with Jesus.

Days & Thoughts

Mother and daughter (4-5) walking hand in hand, Germany

“These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-9, NIV)

Give us courage, Lord, to speak our faith. Script our tongues with the language of your holy Word, and sanctify our mouths for your intended purposes. Let not our fears keep us from speaking the truth of who you are, and let not our weak and sometimes feeble faith be a hindrance to those we teach. You have entrusted us with your faith story; keep us faithful to grow it in the generation that sleeps beneath our roofs this night…

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