KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 12:1 ” I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
We continue with our discussion on taking the right step as we start a new year. Our key scripture admonishes us to present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God.
A sacrifice is to willingly offer something precious or dear to you. You are supposed to offer your body as a living sacrifice. This means to unreservedly give off your body unto the Lord. Romans 12:2 talks about one aspect of our body that plays a great role in the use of our whole body; that is the mind. Romans 12:2 says ‘and be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your minds……’ You can’t talk about presenting your body as a holy vessel without your mind being renewed in line with God’s word.. The mind is the first part of the body Satan would like to take advantage of. There cannot be holiness of life if one’s mind is not given to the Lord.
Please know this, a decided mind cannot be tempted (understand temptation as, when one is drawn away by his own lust and enticed: James 1:14). Your mind must be given to the Lord. You can let the Lord have your mind by daily feeding on the word of God.
Psalm 119:11 David said “Thy word have I hidden in my heart, that I may not sin against thee”. The entrance of the word gives light and it gives understanding to the simple (Psalm 119:130) God’s word would condition you to see life from God’s point of view. You would have a pure mind. Remember to the pure all things are pure. (Titus 1:15)
The issue of holiness is a problem to some Christians. This is very unfortunate. Christians are; called saints or the Holy ones, because the Spirit of holiness lives in them. The challenge they face about holiness is because of an un-renewed mind.
Dear child of God the state of your mind determines whether you are a spiritual man or a carnal man. The condition of your mind shows whether Satan has the upper hand in your life or God.
When the Bible was introducing the armour he first spoke of getting our loins with the belt of truth. This is referring to our minds being filled with the truth.
To present your body as a living sacrifice, your mind must be dominated by the word of God, then you would easily allow your body to function to please God.
My mind is renewed by the word of God. I have total control over my life that makes me walk to please the Lord in all I do.
Ephesians 4:23-24. And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.