• Bishop Keith Butler

Not Conforming

And be not conformed to 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.

(Romans 12:2)

“Well, that may have been true in your day, but things are different today.” Have you ever heard anyone talk like that? The idea that morality and Biblical truth somehow change with the times isn't a new lie. Paul wrote to the churches in Rome, warning them not to be conformed to this world. The word world means age or period.

There were many Christians in Paul’s day who were accepting society’s definition of good and evil as truth. Many Christians today also allow the time in which we live to change their mindset on what is right and wrong. This is a dangerous practice because it opens the Christian’s heart and life to deception and sin that leads to death.

Paul told us how to avoid the problem of being coaxed into the world’s way of doing things: be transformed by the renewing of your mind. As we read the Word and hear the Word of God, our mind is transformed to think the way that God thinks.

You allow as much of God’s blessing in your life as you desire. You can have very few blessings that show up sporadically, a good amount of benefits that show up more frequently, or blessings that abound and are constant in your life. You decide whether or not you are going to allow your mind to be renewed by the Word. Conforming to the Word and not the world is the first step in seeing the blessings of God happen regularly in your everyday life.

Practical Application – How much time are you giving to the Word? Try increasing your time reading and meditating on the Word by one minute each day. Soon you will see the benefits of thinking like God thinks as the Word transforms your mind.

1 Thessalonians 4:3; Galatians 1:4



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