Do Not Be Conformed To This World

  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2 (NKJV) _______________________________ Today’s devotion presents a familiar verse written by the apostle, Paul. After sharing about the wisdom and knowledge of God and His unfathomable ways in the final verses of the previous chapter, Paul implores us not to be conformed to this world. An example of being conformed to this world would be us accepting anything that is contrary to God’s word. We often hear comments such as, “You have to keep up with the times.” This suggests that human beings are in charge of setting a new acceptable culture, but God’s word states that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8, NKJV). Whatever He disliked in the past, He dislikes now. Similarly, whatever He loved in the past, He loves today and forever. Paul continues in Romans 12:2 by calling

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. (Matthew 5:4)

As we take a look at the meaning of this Beatitude, I’m reminded of the charge to all Believers to give Glory to God by praising and adoring His matchless name rather than seeking to defend oneself from accusers.  It’s always an ugly scene when a Believer is accused of something by another person and he/she is ridiculed and demonized without having an opportunity to defend such accusations. Yet, from an earlier blog, we learned how futile our efforts to defend can be!  Think of Christ and what He experienced. Nothing could be more  spiritually and emotionally  agonizing than what He went through from His tormentors as He faced death on the cross.  Yet, He did nothing wrong and didn't deserve the treatment He received.  While the Lord admonishes the Believer not to seek vengeance, because it belongs to God, He charges the Believer to focus on developing a SPIRIT FILLED life instead. Do we as Believers ever mourn because of our sin?  Yes, even when we're falsely accused

Blessed are the Poor in Spirit! What does this mean?

" Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."  Matthew.5:3 I like how Bob Wells summarizes this Beatitude where he states, “t he poor in spirit are those who are conscious of their sins and know in their hearts that they are completely unworthy of the grace that a most holy and loving God pours down upon them.” Being poor in spirit has nothing to do with physical poverty or lack of riches. Being poor in spirit is a demonstration of us acknowledging that we are absolutely nothing, except for God’s saving grace.  Being poor in spirit means that we have nothing to be boastful of except our loving Heavenly Father, His Son the Lord Jesus, and the ministering of His Holy Spirit in our lives.  Another writer states, “ these are people who are humble and who do not think of themselves more highly than they ought. Jesus once said that whoever humbles himself as a little child would be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. In the book of Proverbs,

Christians - Smothering that Old Nature by Deepening Our Christian Walk

All Believers have been called to "raise the bar" when it comes to the Christian Walk.  Whether it's the Believer who has been judgmental upon a Christian brother or sister because of wrongful accusations, a Believer who has been judgmental of another Believer in the first place, or the Believer who has been wrongfully accused and slandered as an evil or a bad person,  ALL  Believers are challenged to focus on the Blessings of the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:2-12: He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying, 3  “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4  “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 5  “Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth. 6  “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. 7  “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. 8  “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. 9  “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall b

Are You Hurting Because of Being Shot by Someone in Your Own Christian Army?

It has been said that the only army that shoots its wounded is the Christian Army.  Sadly, this has often been proven true.  Christians, both from my personal experience as well as from confirmed experiences of other believers, often listen to a story presented to them from another person and are swift to lay judgement. Sadly, the trial and execution take place in the absence of the accused Believer, with him/her having absolutely no opportunity to present his/her side of the story.  The Book of Proverbs states in Proverbs 18:17 "The first to plead his case seems right, until another comes and examines him." Christians must resist rushing to the judgement of other Believers!  Certainly, the Word of God advises that we not judge our brother in the first place.   We cannot count the vast number of stories that are told about believers which are "spun" to make the Believer seem bad and evil.  These "convincing" stories can damage reputations, create

The Ministering of the Holy Spirit and our Selfless Attitude

I am reminded of Stephen the martyr who was beaten by a group of men until he went to be with the Lord.  Stephen was filled with the Holy Spirit!  He was also filled with Selflessness.  His first focus was to remain faithful to his Savior and God.  His second focus was to remain faithful to his Savior and God!  His third focus was to remain faithful to his Savior and God! At no time did Stephen state, "Dear God, I don't deserve this!"  Stephen is one of our examples to learn from when we experience bad things from people; even those who may claim to be Christian.  Certainly, depending on the circumstances, and if we're led by the Holy Spirit to point out to them the error or wrongness of their behavior, we can express our concerns.  However, even more critical than this is to adopt Stephen's words,  "Lord, do not hold this sin against them!"   In our humanness, this is difficult to do.  However, we must recognize that it is in our weakness that G