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The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans
Be Ye Transformed by the Renewing of Your Mind Adventure
It's a pleasure to have you back once again, here at Daily Bread. The
last few chapters have focused mainly on the law, the Jewish people
compared to the Gentiles, and how we are all essentially alike
because we're all God's children. Paul has given us some great
detailed explanations of how our salvation all boils down to one
thing, really, and that is, Faith in Jesus Christ.
So, how should we behave in our lives as believers in Christ? Well,
life isn't perfect, as Paul in his unashamed and humble manner, back
in Chapter 7 described how our fleshly selves war with our spiritual
selves each and every day. But the one purpose we have, our hope for
salvation, makes us view our trials and tribulations in a different
light than before.
How about a little Daily Bread Stick to begin our study with today?
What is an immunization? As strange as it sounds, it's where an
antigen (a toxin which is part of a disease) is injected into your
body, and in turn, your body produces antibodies (a type of protein)
that mixes with the antigens to neutralize (destroy) them, which
makes you highly resistant to the disease.
You can look at trials and tribulations in your life, in the same
way, as a Christian. Evil is the antigen. The devil introduces it
into your fleshly self by way of your senses: sight, sound, touch,
taste, smell, and thought. Your spiritual self has to produce the
antibodies to destroy the evil. The antibodies are Truth. The more
you do this, the more resistant you become to evil.
Be Ye Transformed by the Renewing of Your Mind Journey
Now, wickedness or evil, as you know, despises being exposed to the
light, so the best way to zap it with your new Christian immunization
is to identify and reveal every kind of evil or wickedness as soon as
you can. For example: you're on the computer, typing an e-mail to
your Grand Dad, and an advertisement pops up that is meant to tempt
Immediately "×" it off your screen, quote scripture that brings
light to the lie, say aloud "I'm not interested in filth" or
something to that effect, and you've done it! The point it to destroy
the lie with Truth. You can do the same thing to commercials on
television, messages on the radio, in magazines or newspapers,
thoughts that come into your mind, or absolutely anything that you
wouldn't be proud to walk up to Jesus and share with Him.
Try this kind of resistance to the devil for a while and see if
temptation becomes easier for you to fight. Each time evil offers you
an opportunity, that's another chance for you to immunize yourself
against it. Trials will come, but ...
Be Ye Transformed by the Renewing of Your Mind Truth
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, for when he has stood
the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to
those who love Him.
It's all part of Spiritual
Warfare, which is the devil's quest to win as many souls as he
can, away from God. Now there's two ways to look at this. You can be
afraid that evil is bound to cross your path every day, and hide in
your cupboard. Or, you can understand that if you're not being
tempted by evil, it may be because you've drifted far enough away
from God, that the devil doesn't feel like he needs to spend the
effort on you. So the next time you're confronted with a wicked
situation, look at it as an opportunity to spiritually strengthen
Every moment is a new moment to renew our lives and become closer to
Jesus. We have to change from the "old man" as Paul refers to our old
selves, into the "new man" which is who we want to be for God. Let's
see how Paul encourages us to do this.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye
present your bodies a living sacrifice, Holy, acceptable unto God,
which is your reasonable service.
Reasonable service ... Perhaps Paul is saying, in modern terms, I'm
just asking you to be good, and that's not unreasonable.
Be Ye Transformed by the Renewing of Your Mind Trip
When you think of the word "sacrifice" in Old Testament terms, you
probably think of Abel, giving his favorite, flawless little lamb to
God, or faithful Abraham, preparing to sacrifice Isaac to God, after
all the waiting and heartache he endured, finally having the son of
the Lord's promise, and how honorable it was of him not to hesitate
when God asked for the boy for a sacrifice. The word sacrifice may
make you think of Jesus, being the final sacrifice for our sins, but
what do all these have in common? A sacrifice was something loved,
that was to be killed and given to God. Paul says, give your body to
God as a living sacrifice. Be as unblemished as a baby lamb,
be as precious as a long awaited son, be Christ-like.
2 And be not conformed to [don't follow] this world: but
be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove
what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, Will of God.
3 For I say, through the Grace given unto me, to every man
that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought
to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every
man the measure [the same opportunity] of Faith.
4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members
have not the same office:
5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one
members one of another.
6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that
is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the
proportion of Faith;
7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that
teacheth, on teaching;
8 Or he that exhorteth [encourages], on exhortation
[encouragement]: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity
[humbly]; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with
9 Let love be without dissimulation [hypocrisy]. Abhor
that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly
love; in honour preferring one another [putting others above
11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving
12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing
instant [ready, at all times] in prayer;
13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to
14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
Be Ye Transformed by the Renewing of Your Mind Grace
This is a tough one, I know. But just use your immunization program,
and you'll resist the temptation.
15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them
16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high
things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own
conceits [don't give in to pride, but be humble].
You become what you surround yourself with, so surround yourself with
things that remind you of God and your walk with Him. Your eyes are
the portal to the soul, so wouldn't it be a good idea to influence
your soul with holy things?
We are greatly influenced by what our eyes are exposed to. How true
and Biblically sound is this? Jacob influenced his father-in-law
Laban's flocks to bear striped, speckled, and spotted offspring by
facing the animals toward tree branches that he peeled in striped,
speckled and spotted patterns (Genesis
If you want to be conformed to the image of God, surround yourself
with Godly things.
Be Ye Transformed by the Renewing of Your Mind Clues
Surround yourself with Godly people too. If your friends are
prideful, it's a good bet that you are. Step back and evaluate what
their priorities are, and you'll probably find that your goals are
about the same. Paul's advice is to condescend to men of low estate.
That means, become humble or bring yourself down from pride to
humility. Hang around with humble people. Don't think you're smart in
your own proud notions (fame, fortune, conceit, etc., they all lead
17 Recompense to [pay back] no man evil for evil. Provide
things honest in the sight of all men.
18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in [depends on]
you, live peaceably with all men.
19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give
place unto wrath [depart from anger]: for it is written, Vengeance is
mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
To me belongeth vengeance, and recompence; their foot shall slide in
due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things
that shall come upon them make haste.
O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance
belongeth, shew thyself.
Be Ye Transformed by the Renewing of Your Mind Facts
20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he
thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire
on his head.
21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Perhaps Paul was using a figure of speech by saying that you will
heap coals of fire on your enemy by being nice to him. It may be that
in that era, it meant you would give them a good wake up call, get
their attention, stop them in their tracks, etc. Don't forget, the
Spirit of the Word, not the letter.
There's something that you should watch out for here. You don't be
kind to, or bless your enemy in hopes of God's vengeance on
them. Jesus said, if you think something, you're as guilty as if you
did it (Matthew
Be kind and bless your enemy in hopes that they be transformed as you
are, remembering that at one time, you acted as they do. Perhaps your
offense wasn't the same exact thing, but we're all creatures of sin,
so do the righteous thing, and leave God's business to Him.
Our study today started with the question of how we should behave as
believers in Christ. Paul always has Truth to share about how to live
a Godly life in an ungodly world so add his advice to your
immunization kit, and be transformed into a new self.
Be Ye Transformed by the Renewing of Your Mind Summary
Glad you were here to share the Truth in today's study. Come on back
again real soon and we'll press on with more of this wonderful letter
from Paul, right here at Daily Bread.
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