"Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God — this is your true and proper worship. 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 12:1-2
In the perfect way He does, God has been bringing this scripture to my attention since the beginning of this new year. And even more so recently. Apparently I wasn't listening very well though! So yesterday He spoke ever-so clearly to my heart and soul, showing me that I must begin somewhere, and this is where it should be ~ to offer my body as a living sacrifice. Ok Lord ~ I will do that!!!!! Yeah!! Ummm, wait ~ backup a few steps, HOW exactly does one offer their body as a living sacrifice? What does that even mean? I'm all about it God and will obey your command, but I have no idea how to go about doing what you've commanded. Here is where I would normally let the word or truth fade away, excusing my disobedience by saying how can I do something I have no idea how to do? At least the old me would have responded this way. But after many years of wrestling with my old self, which is still a daily battle and no easier I must say, I've come to cherish two simple words whose meaning is able to breath life and love and hope and faith. Two simple little words, which when put together...believed...and spoken from your heart...will absolutely change your life!
BUT GOD!!!! Let me say it again in case you missed it, BUT GOD!!!! My dear friends, if you never hear or read another word I speak, listen to these two words, and speak them together, over your life, over your soul, over your families, over every circumstance. But GOD!!!!! Let it soak in and marinate ~ penetrating your nagging thoughts of worry and consternation at the ways of this world, working it's way down into your heart. Consider the implications for a moment. We are broke and can't pay our bills ~ BUT GOD!!!! Our home is not big enough ~ BUT GOD!!!! My friends and family are against me ~ BUT GOD!!! The world is falling around me ~ BUT GOD!!!!!!!!
Start speaking these powerful words over every problem, every thought run astray from His truth, every little thing that takes your focus away from God, and He will show you His power and His absolute love for you. He will show up, this I guarantee.
And show up He has. In the midst of my internal monologue yesterday that went something like, (devil):"you don't even know what it means to be a living sacrifice!", ME: "BUT GOD!!!", He showed up. He always does. And do you know what He said? He said, "Let me show you!" And since that moment yesterday afternoon, a whole whopping 18 hours ago, He has presented three speakers, four scriptures ~ each repeated at least twice through different ways, and meaning for it all ~ explaining how one becomes a living sacrifice for God. Think He's trying to get my attention??? I would have to say heck yeah!!!
So how, you might be asking. Just as I asked...yesterday! How does one who inhabits this earth, who lives among society and their many rules and attempts to conform us to their ways, how do we offer ourselves as living sacrifices??? How Lord??? How do we overcome the busyness that has become the norm, the chaos that ensues to instill fear, the media who exists to distract us from the truth ~ your truth? How do we draw our focus from the ways of this world, and focus on you Lord, offering our lives as a tool to be used by the master Creator? HOW???
Ugggh, I am tired just thinking of all the craziness that swirls around us every minute of every day. Both parents or single parents working full time, children being left to their own devices. Constantly fueling our thoughts with television, facebook, twitter, texting... everything but Him! We are so distracted! And trust me, I fully include myself in this categorizing or stereotyping ~ whatever word you prefer to use to convey the idea that we are all EXHAUSTED, Over-consuming, and living in ways that JUST DON'T WORK!!! We are watching the same video 10 times of the bombs going off in Boston yesterday ~ which only serves to divert our hearts and minds from Him. It's evil. And it is sad. And we should see it, because we can't shield ourselves from everything going on in this world. BUT...BUT GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!
He says we are to offer our lives as sacrifices, holy and pleasing to the Lord ~ this means we are to honor and OBEY Him! Know His Word ~ read it daily ~ hide it in your heart so you will not depart from Him! Then do as His word says. Having dug deeply into the Bible this year, actually clinging to it as the life line it is ~ I have come to see the absolute truth and wisdom available to each and every one of us just by knowing His Word. His truths start in our minds as we consume the words on the page, rolling around until they eventually seep into our souls, reawakening us to what we've always known in our spirits, but turned away from and forgot. I digress, so let me say it clearly ~ READ THE BIBLE and OBEY!!! This is the way to become a living sacrifice, turning your life into what pleases and honors God!
THEN, and I will wrap this up soon ~ I promise! THEN, once we begin to know & choose His ways over our own, we are to let Him transform our lives by the renewing of our minds! Begin to choose God ~ speaking to Him, trusting Him, loving and glorifying Him, and His ways are guaranteed to work out the old in you, revealing His wisdom and love within you. It's already there my loves! God lives within you, therefore you already have everything you will ever need to live as Godly, loving people while here on earth. You don't have to go to Church or believe the religious crazies to know Him ~ you simply have to ask Him to reveal Himself to you and help you ~ and He will do the rest!
WOW ~ OK!!! I so didn't intend to touch on all of those different areas, but that's how He works, and His truth always prevails. So I will leave you with this today my precious souls ~ You are loved by God, and therefore it is our duty to turn away from the distractions and darkness, and reveal that love to others by staying in close relationship with Him and allowing Him to have His way with your lives! We are all glorious masterpieces ~ created for a purpose, by the very source of all life ~ but living as slaves to the ways of this world and sin and darkness. See the good, be the good, and remember, no matter what ~ BUT GOD!!!!!!! Much love until next time!
Little Baby Jesus
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