Romans 12:2 - Transformation: Glimpses Into How It Is Done.

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.  


Setting Goals for Fruitful Living
   In the 70s, I experienced a turning point 
in my walk with Christ. It started with 2 
Samuel 7, which inspired me to follow in King 
Davids footsteps. He spent time alone with God, 
offering praise and thanksgiving. He would also 
listen as the Lord revealed truth and offered 
insight about the future. Because of what he 
learned, David was able to set goals and stay aligned 
with them. 
   Desiring that kind of solitude, I spent 
several days alone in a camper at Georgias Stone 
Mountain. Most of the time, I was silent, listening 
intently for Gods voice. I asked Him to speak to 
me regarding my future, and He answered. Using 
a journal, I recorded the goals He inspired. 
The things He communicated so impacted my 
choices and so greatly blessed me that I continued 
the discipline every couple of months. 
   Lets discuss how to establish aims in 
this manner. First, come before the throne of 
Almighty God with a repentant heart, praise, and 
thanksgiving. Then, ask Him for direction in areas such as 
spiritual life, career, and family. In silence, wait 
patiently and attentively - as you read and meditate 
upon Gods Word, He will speak. Most often, His 
guidance is experienced as a prodding or conviction 
in the heart. When that happens, be sure to 
write down what youre hearing so you can 
review it later. 
   In order to stay on the path God intends 
for our lives, we should plan times to stop, 
ask, and listen for guidance. The world throws 
confusing messages at us all day long, and we need to 
check our course frequently. These conversations 
with the Lord are vital for a thriving life of 
godly impact. [In Touch Daily Devotional by 
Charles Stanley at www.intouch.org. re 2 Samuel 


You must remember that your will is the 
spring of all your actions. This will, that forms 
so important a factor in the character of man, 
was at the Fall given into the control of Satan; 
and he has ever since been working in man to 
will and to do of his own pleasure, but to the 
utter ruin and misery of man. But the infinite 
sacrifice of God in giving Jesus, His beloved Son, to 
become a sacrifice for sin, enables Him to say, 
without violating one principle of His government: 
Yield yourself up to Me; give Me that will; take 
it from the control of Satan, and I will take 
possession of it; then I can work in you to will and to 
do of My good pleasure. When He gives you 
the mind of Christ, your will becomes as His 
will, and your character is transformed to be like 
Christs character. Is it your purpose to do Gods 
will? Do you wish to obey the Scriptures? If 
any man will come after Me, let him deny 
himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 

God's Choice Shaping Tools
   God's kindness to us is demonstrated by 
the fact that He doesn't leave us in the 
condition we were in before coming to faith. How 
tragic it would be if we still thought, felt, and 
acted the same way we did before receiving Christ 
as our Savior. Throughout our lives, the Lord 
uses His choice tools to shape us into the image 
of His Son. 
   Prayer. By talking to the Lord in open 
dialogue, we develop a relationship with Him. He 
becomes not just our Savior, but our friend, and as 
the intimacy grows, so will our passion to be 
with Him. Setting aside time for prayer each day 
will become a delight, not a duty. 
   God's Word. You can't grow in your 
Christian life if you keep the Bible closed all week 
long. No one lives on one meal a week, yet many 
Christians try to get by with just a Sunday dinner of 
the Word served up by their pastor. How can we 
expect God's truth to do its transforming work if 
we never let it into our minds and hearts? 
   The Church. Christ uses His body of 
believers as a place for transformation. That's where 
we rub against each other and have the rough 
edges of our character smoothed. It is a place of 
instruction, accountability, and encouragement. 
   Are you letting the Lord use His 
character-shaping tools in your life? Our culture has no 
shortage of worldly voices and pressures that fill 
minds and influence behavior. Only when we 
intentionally schedule time for God, His Word, and His 
people can Christ do His transforming work in our 
lives. [In Touch Daily Devotional by Charles 
Stanley at www.intouch.org] 

A Call to Godly Living
   The apostle Paul lived in an age when 
sensuality, the pursuit of pleasure, and rebellion 
against the Lord were prevalent. In response, he 
wrote letters urging Christians not to follow in 
the ways of the world. Like those early 
believers, we are to pursue godliness by... 
   1.	Presenting our bodies to God. Our 
total being--mind, will, emotions, personality, 
and physical body--are to be turned over to our 
heavenly Father (James 4:7a). Submitting ourselves to 
the Lord requires a definite decision to give 
Him control and a daily commitment to remain 
under His authority. By surrendering to Him, we 
will position ourselves for godly living. 
   2.	Becoming living sacrifices. The 
Christian life is built around the concept of 
sacrifice. Jesus left the perfection of heaven to dwell 
among a sinful people so He might reconcile us to 
God. He offered up His life to make payment for 
our sins (1 John 3:16) and brought us into His 
family. As believers, we are to follow His example. 
Paul called it a living sacrifice, because it is 
ongoing--one that is repeated daily. 
   Life is full of options. Many decisions 
involve a choice between following God's way or our 
own. Maturing Christians will increasingly 
sacrifice their own desires and embrace His will. 
   A life of godliness is characterized by a 
heart and mind bent toward the things of God. 
Although we will live imperfectly, our focus is to be 
on obeying His will and pleasing Him. Let's 
commit to becoming more like Jesus, the One who 
willingly gave Himself to God as a sacrifice for us. 
[In Touch Daily Devotional by Charles Stanley at 

Conformer or Transformer?
   Are you a conformer or a transformer? 
Either you will be conformed to this world, or you 
will transform the world. 
   The apostle Paul wrote, 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 (Romans 12:2 NLT). 
   You can decide to not stand out in any 
way, or you can decide to be a light for Jesus 
   Psalm 84:11 tells us, The Lord will 
withhold no good thing from those who do what is 
right (NLT). If the Lord tells you not to do 
something, then He is trying to keep you from a bad 
thing. Because if it was a good thing, He would 
give it to you.  
   Psalm 34:8 says, Taste and see that 
the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take 
refuge in him! (NLT). 
   Now, our definition of good might be 
different than Gods definition of good. Our 
definition of good probably is something along the 
lines of whats fun, pleasurable, free of pain, 
and in the moment. 
   But Gods definition of good may be 
what is productive, character forming, and 
eternally focused. There are things we go through that 
are not enjoyable at the moment, but theyre 
producing something that is far greater. 
   We look at the small picture; God looks 
at the big picture. We look at the here and 
now; God looks at the by and by. 
   His will for us is good, even though it 
might be difficult at times. One day well see 
that. But until that day, we have to trust the 
Lord. So present yourself to God. Dont be 
conformed to this world. [Greg Laurie from Harvest 
Ministries; https://www.harvestdaily.com] 


   We have two cars. Our old car and our 
good car. Our old car is a minivan that looks 
like we have driven it through a war zone, and 
the inside smells like old cheese. Our good car 
is an SUV that we bought used a few years ago. 
It looks nice and still has a faint odor of 
new-care smell. Up until recently, our good car has 
been good. Then it wasn't. 
   The steering started to go all wonky. 
(Wonky is clearly a technical term.) When turning 
to the right, the entire car would shudder and 
groan. We took it to our mechanic. The suspension 
had to be replaced along with the wheel 
bearings. And yet without them, our good car wasn't 
any good. It couldn't function the way it was 
meant to function. It couldn't fulfil its purpose. 
Brand-new parts were in order. A full-blown auto 
   Likewise, we regularly need new parts on 
our journey of following Jesus. We may not have 
a steering system, so to speak. But our 
thoughts, our dreams, and our desires, which direct us 
in life, need renewing on a regular basis. Our 
minds need to be revamped by the power of Jesus. 
Without His renewal, without His truth shaping our 
thinking, we can't function properly. We begin to 
break down. We can't go where He wants us to go or 
be who He wants us to be without His constant 
care and input in our lives. We need His wisdom 
to show us where to go and how to live. by 
Susanna Foth Aughtmon 
   Faith Step: Meditate on this verse today. 
What does it mean to be transformed by the 
renewing of your mind? Ask Jesus to renew your 
thinking and bring it into alignment with His good, 
pleasing, and perfect will. [Mornings With Jesus 2019 
Devotional by Guideposts and Zondervan] 


Romans 12:2 - Transformation: Glimpses Into 
How It Is Done. 


Proverbs 3:5, 6 - Listen And Live For God 
And He Will Direct Your Way. 



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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