“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 20 – Letting Christ Live Through You
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.
Write out Romans 12:1-2. It’s our verse of the year and we want to learn it.
"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20
Christ lives through us when we let His Spirit and His Word guide our minds, emotions and wills. For example, someone irritates you and your mind starts to react. Then the Spirit reminds you to love your enemies. If you listen to the Spirit, He is leading. If you ignore the Spirit, you are leading. When you realize that you’re leading, confess it. Then, offer your life back to God and allow Him to lead again with His Word and His Spirit. This, too, is a process. The more you do it, the easier it will become to hear the Spirit and react in a godly way.
Apply God’s Word to your life.
Evaluate yesterday. How did you do at allowing the Spirit and the Word guide you?
Where does your agenda conflict with God’s agenda? Ask God to transform that area of your life.
Ask God to rule in your head and your heart today.
Father, transform my life. I want Christ to live through me. There are things I know You are leading me to do, but I’m afraid. Help me learn to step out in faith and trust You. There are so many who need Your love and care. Amen.
Related verses to meditate on:
"Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory." Colossians 3:2-4
"For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin, because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him." Romans 6:6-8
Posted on Sun, January 20, 2013
by Cathy Hurtado