Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/02/12

This week’s scripture is from Romans:

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”    (Romans 12:1-2)

To belong to Him is to be changed, for we are no longer what we were but we now are His. In His mercy and grace we are made new, for He lives within us; the old is gone and the new has come, for now we are servants of the Most High God, a new creation in Christ. We are not ours but His; we are sacrificed to Him; no longer are we to be shaped by this world, but we are of His making and of His kingdom. Our heart belongs to Him; our mind belongs to Him, whose thoughts are greater than our thoughts, whose ways are higher than our ways, and who means to transform us into kingdom dwellers in His Kingdom.

May you allow the Lord to transform you into the person He created you to be.

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