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Renewing the Mind

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2 NASB
Anyone else wonder, how do we ensure that we’re changing? How do we know that we are living up to that spiritual service of worship and are not putting the yoke of bondage back on ourselves? Romans 12:2 is a great example of what we are to do! In the first part of the verse Paul instructs us not to be conformed to this world, but to be transformed in the renewing of our minds. On the surface, that makes sense. Don’t be like the mainstream. Don’t give in to what the world tells us is right when we know in our hearts that it’s jacked up. Be transformed in our thoughts, the way we think, the way we perceive the world. Makes sense, right?
When I read Romans 12:2 it makes me look at my life. I think we all can get caught up in the times and the world we live in. We become distracted by the tre…

Post-Prodigal

One of my biggest struggles as a believer in Christ is who I have been, versus who Christ says I am as a believer in Him. I admit, I have allowed the self-critical voice in my head, or what others say and think marginalize the greatness of Who He Is in me and what He can do in me. In my past’s personal walk, I have had the tendency to be more of a Prodigal Son, than a steadfast believer. How many of us have had that: “Give me salvation, Father. All right, now, I got this…” sort of mentality?
I wonder, if we are being transparent with ourselves, how many of us have allowed our missteps, whatever it is—that abortion, that DUI, that undeleted browser history, that drug abuse or that affair—to label and imprison us? How many of us have succumbed to the smug, self-satisfied taunts of “She will never change! You know she aborted…” or “He is still just an addict. Give him enough rope, he’ll hang himself…” Or, “Once a cheater, always a cheater.” Have you allowed your past, or what others say a…

Trying to Be a Living Sacrifice While Dying to Self Daily

Therefore, I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. Romans 12:1 (NASB).

Throughout the New Testament there are many commands made by Jesus and the Apostles on how Christians should live. Most of the commands are practical, while some teach believers to defy our initial instincts. When Jesus instructed the disciples to love their neighbors as themselves in Matthew 19:19, I understand it as a practical command. When Jesus encouraged His disciples to turn the cheek so both cheeks could be slapped in Matthew 5:9, I see that as an instruction that defies our normal nature. It is Him asking us to rise above what we would typically do. While taking heed to both of those commands is central to our relationship with Christ, there is one command in the New Testament that I think embodies what it means to live as a believer in the mercy of God.    
In Romans 12:1, the Scripture st…

Intro

Hi, I am here to write about The Word of God. That is right, Christ, as He is referred to in John 1:1 (NASB). “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Of course, I am sure that my life will spill over into my blogs, as well as my opinions. After all, the blog is entitled WordServant. The servant will seep through.
To be honest, as a believer in Christ, I sometimes feel as though we aren’t always transparent and real about where we are in our walks with Jesus. We don’t dig into what the Bible has to say about certain things, leaving the Scripture to our pastors to rightly divide for us on Sundays. We post Scriptural memes and check-in on social media so everyone knows we are at church; but do we set aside time in our daily lives to develop our relationship with Christ? How many of us find ourselves too busy to crack open our Bibles? We’ve all been there, right? I mean, I get it. Life gets crazy. I know mine has. There was a period in my faith w…