Romans 12:2 - Surrender and Transformation.

Romans 12:2 (NIV) Do not conform to the 
pattern of this world, but be transformed by the 
renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test 
and approve what God's will is - his good, 
pleasing and perfect will.  

Romans 12:2 (NLT) Dont copy the behavior 
and customs of this world, but let God transform 
you into a new person by changing the way you 
think. Then you will learn to know Gods will for 
you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.  


   Some historians consider Albert Einstein 
the greatest scientist who ever lived. Often 
called the "father of modern physics," Einstein 
didn't amaze his teachers early in life. He 
struggled with talking until he was nine, causing some 
of his teachers to wonder if he was mentally 
challenged. Despite his limited speaking abilities, 
Einstein had an inquisitive mind and was drawn to 
math. By age twelve, he excelled in geometry. By 
sixteen, he'd mastered calculus. It was also at age 
sixteen that Einstein wondered what it'd be like to 
ride his bike on a beam of light. Over the next 
sixty years, Einstein helped prove the existence 
of molecules, explained the nature of space and 
time, and changed the way that scientists studied 
   Einstein may be famous for his scientific 
achievements, but he's equally known for his insightful 
sayings. He once defined insanity as "doing the same 
thing over and over again and expecting different 
   If we honestly look at our lives, we'll 
have to admit that we often live insanely. We 
want to get better grades at school, but we don't 
change our study habits. We hope to improve our 
trumpet playing, but we keep practicing the same 
way. We desire to grow closer to God, but our 
Bibles remain on the shelf and we say the same 
prayers over and over. 
   Change isn't always easy, but it can be 
good. God is a God of newness. He wants us to 
think creatively and see life in fresh ways. He 
doesn't want us to act insane. Romans 12:2 says, "Do 
not conform to the pattern of this world, but be 
transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will 
be able to test and approve what God's will 
is." God gave us amazing minds that can solve 
problems, dream big dreams, and seek God's will. But 
we can't do any of that if we conform to this 
   As you build your life on Christ, seek to 
change your mind to be more like God's. If you feel 
like you're stuck in a cycle of insanity, break 
away! Turn off inappropriate TV shows. Stay away 
from harmful websites and YouTube videos. Switch 
up your music playlist. Renew your mind by 
focusing on God's truth and jumping into his Word. 
You may see life in a whole new way. 
   "Do not conform to the pattern of this 
world, but be transformed by the renewing of your 
mind. Then you will be able to test and approve 
what God's will is - his good, pleasing and 
perfect will" Romans 12:2. [Case For Christ For Kids 
by Les Strobel] 


   There are two verses in the Bible that 
are written by the same author and seem to send 
an opposite message: 
   Do not love the world or anything in 
the world. If anyone loves the world, love for 
the Father is not in them (1 John 2:15 NIV). 
Thats pretty clear! 
   God so loved the world   (John 
3:16 NIV).That looks like a big contradiction 
right there. 
   The world is used two ways in these 
verses. The first verse refers to the worlds 
value system, and the second refers to the 
worlds people. We are to love people, no matter 
what choices they make, but we are to hate the 
value system (e.g., prejudice, racism, injustice, 
sexism, war). 
   The problem is, we often get it reversed. 
We love the value system and hate the people. 
Christians do this all the time. Instead of being 
different, we can be just as materialistic, just as 
hedonistic, and just as enmeshed in the culture. 
Thats backwards. 
   For the rest of your life, youll face 
great pressures to conform to the culture. This 
was Israels biggest problem for thousands of 
years. They wanted to be like other nations. Yet 
God gave them all kinds of moral, civil, and 
ceremonial laws to make them different on purpose. 
   God has done the same for you and me 
God has told us exactly how we should live and 
how we get the wisdom and power to stand out in 
this world: Dont copy the behavior or 
values of this world, but let God transform you 
into a new person by changing the way you think. 
Then you will learn to know Gods will for you, 
which is good and pleasing and perfect (Romans 
12:2 NLT). 
   One reason you may not know what God 
wants you to do in life is because you may be too 
acculturated with this culture. Often this happens 
without you realizing it. But you cant think like 
the world and think like God thinks. You have to 
make a choice. 
   The problem with following culture is 
that its all temporary. You need to follow 
something that is eternal: Gods Word. 
   Fill your mind with Gods truth, and 
let it transform your life by changing the way 
you think. [Daily Devotional by Rick Warren: 


   My wife and I were on the road one 
morning right before sunrise. We passed a field with 
thousands of sunflowers. They were a beautiful sight! 
Unusual too, because we noticed they were all facing 
the same way - east. Then we understood. Those 
sunflowers were waiting for the sun to come up. As the 
first rays spread across the horizon and washed 
over their faces, the flowers came to life.  
   When we got home, I did some research and 
learned that sunflowers follow the path of the sun 
throughout the day. By evening, they are all facing 
west. Then during the night they turn to the 
center before resetting east to face the sunrise 
   Isn't this a beautiful message to all of 
us God-followers? We should wake in the morning 
ready to soak up God's love, his light, and his 
glory. Then we should reflect it to others 
throughout the day. At day's end, bathed in peace, we 
rest. Theres a lovely simplicity to living like 
the sunflowers and keeping our faces to the Son, 
our Lord Jesus. 
   Father God, I can hardly contain myself 
when I realize that you've placed your message of 
love in every part of your creation. In Jesus' 
name, Amen. [Celebrate Recovery Daily Devotional 
by John & Johnny Baker re 2Co. 3:18] 

   Christians talk a lot about serving and 
giving and releasing rights and putting down 
self"and we should. It's part of the whole Christian 
package. It's expected, to an extent. But isn't it 
possible to go overboard on stuff like this? Aren't 
there some people who will take advantage of 
servants and turn them into slaves? You bet there 
   In fact, that is the ace trump among 
cultic leaders. The secret of their success is mind 
control. They want your mind, and they are not 
satisfied until they have absolute control over it. 
The ultimate control is behavior modification, 
which is just another word for brainwashing. 
   A tragic example of this is the story of 
a religious leader named Jim Jones who headed 
a cult called The People's Temple in the 
sixties and seventies. In part, Jones preached a 
radical social gospel based on feeding the hungry 
and housing the poor. But it went beyond that. 
Thousands flocked to his revival services, and they 
eventually founded communes in California's Redwood 
Valley and around San Francisco. 
   But the power was apparently too much for 
Jones. At some point, he proclaimed himself the 
"only hope for salvation," and there were stories 
about beatings and blackmail of his followers, as 
well as rampant promiscuity. When officials began 
making inquiries about Jones and his followers in 
1976, The People's Temple fled to the tiny nation 
of Guyana on the northeast coast of South 
America, where they formed a community known as 
Jonestown. By 1978, the stories of violence and abuse 
at Jonestown hit the headlines, compelling 
California congressman Leo Ryan and a group of 
investigators to fly to Guyana to look into the charges. 
Shortly after arriving, Ryan and his colleagues were 
machine-gunned and beaten to death! In the aftermath, Rev. 
Jim Jones persuaded his followers to commit mass 
suicide by drinking a concoction of Kool-Aid and 
   This dark and grisly affair shocked the 
entire world, but it proved just how far men and 
women who are deluded by their lust for power will 
go to carry out their fantasies. The story 
isn't mentioned very often these days, but may God 
help us never to forget the lessons of that 
terrible episode or the dangers that always follow 
when such people gain complete control over other 
people's lives. Taken from Improving Your Serve by 
Charles R. Swindoll.  


God made us: invented us as a man invents an 
engine. A car is made to run on petrol, and it would 
not run properly on anything else. Now God 
designed the human machine to run on Himself. He 
Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to 
burn, or the food our spirits were designed to 
feed on. There is no other. That is why it is 
just no good asking God to make us happy in our 
own way without bothering about religion. God 
cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from 
Himself, because it is not there. There is no such 
thing. C. S. Lewis in Mere Christianity  




If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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