Heart Tranformation Needed

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, this is your spiritual act of worship.  Do not conform any longer 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 (NIV 1984)

January 28 – Heart Transformation Needed

Begin your time with God in prayer.

Praise God for who He is.  Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him.  Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life.

Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart.

Read Romans 12:1-2 out loud.  It’s our verse of the year and we want to learn it.

"Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”  John 14:21

As I was learning to give to God, the verse I couldn’t avoid was John 14:21.  I loved God, but wrestled with giving. I worried about giving.  I lost sleep over giving, even as a college student with a thousand dollars in my checking account.  What I needed was transformation – to be transformed from loving money and finding my security in it to loving God and finding my security in Him.  Thankfully I loved God, so I learned to be obedient.  Being obedient continues to set me free from finding my security in money and things rather than God.

Apply God’s Word to your life.

Ask God to examine your heart.  Where might your thinking about money need to be transformed?

Evaluate your obedience.  What excuses do you make for not being obedient?

Ask God to help you grow in obedience.  Talk to God about your giving.

Father, Jesus showed us His love by obediently by going to the cross.  He said, “Your will, not mine.”  I am sorry for all the times that I want my will and not Yours.  Help me grow in obedience.  I want to say, “Your will, not mine.”  Amen.

Related verses to meditate on:

"No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money."  Matthew 6:24

"Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”  Hebrews 13:5

"But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs."  1 Timothy 6:6-10

 

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