Romans 12 Lesson

Transformation!

Our focus verse for today’s lesson is Romans 12:2:

  • “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewingof your mind.” – Romans 12:2.

Being transformed means, “To make a thorough or dramatic change in the form, appearance, or character of.”   To be clear, Paul is not talking about a small, subtle change.

No, Paul is talking about something much more powerful!   The change that Paul is talking about only comes when we commit ourselves to follow Jesus.   When we do that, the change in us will be thorough and dramatic!   We will be transformed!

So how should we go about transforming ourselves into the servants that God created us to be?   For today’s lesson, we will point out two things that all of us can do to begin this transformation!

  1. Study God’s word.
  2. Put God’s word into action.  

We will look at each of these two steps in more detail below and then the lesson will be yours.  

STEP 1 - STUDYING GOD’S WORD

Being in God’s word every day changes us!   God’s inspired word transforms us into the people that God created us to be.   Consider the following scripture:

  • Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:17.

If we are going to be transformed, we need to change the way that we think.   Transformation means no longer following the crowd and doing what everyone else does.   Transformation means recognizing that God is above all things and that His commandments are the basis for how we determine right from wrong.  

Consider the following scripture:

  • “All Scripture is inspired by God and beneficial for teaching, for rebuke, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man or woman of God may be fully capable, equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

STEP 2 - TAKING ACTION BASED ON GOD’S WORD

Once we commit to studying God’s word, we are well on our way to being transformed.   So what is the next step after that?   Doing it!

After we read about what God wants us to do, all that is left is for us to do it!  

Sounds simple, right?

Not so fast.   Satan will not go down without a fight.   The Bible says:

  • “Be of sober spirit,  be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring  lion, seeking someone to devour .” – 1 Peter 5:8.

As we study God’s word and put it into action, Satan will do his best to throw us off course.   Whether that manifests itself in peer pressure or some other form of temptation, we should not underestimate the lengths that Satan will take to try and stop our transformation.   As Satan works to stop God’s plan for us, we can take comfort in the following scripture:

  • “Submit therefore to God. But resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” – James 4:7.

In conclusion, challenge yourself to act based on what you read in the Bible.   At times, this may involve something small, and other times, it may involve a huge leap of faith!

James wrote:

  • “What use is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone says he has faith, but he has no works? Can that faith save him?  If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?   In the same way, faith also, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.” – James 2:14-17.

In the next verse, James writes:

  • But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works .” – James 2:18.

We can say we have faith all we want, but faith does not work when it is not accompanied by works.   It is our works that show our faith.   If we are going to be transformed, so must our actions!  

In conclusion, there are two things that we must do if we want to be transformed:

  1. Study God’s word.
  2. Put God’s word into action.

When we do these two things, we are on our way to being transformed into the people that God created us to be.  

We will conclude today’s lesson with the following scripture:

  • Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” -   Proverbs 3:5.

Comments

Michael

God has blessed me with a good sense of humor and I am a good reader of people. Often I can use my humor to break the ice in a room and help people to come together.

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Pat Dermody

As a senior citizen who is 78 years old I am in the vulnerable group and at a greater risk of not being here next month. As I face my waning years it makes me realize how we have to make the most of each moment . We , young and old alike , need to live our faith each day. As we face this pandemic are we exploring new opportunities to live our faith by reaching out to others? Are we demonstrating love and trying to lift the spirits of our family and friends? Or are we complaining about our plight and feeling sorry for ourselves.when we reach out we realize there are others who are worse off. We also discover others who are wonderful examples of what Jesus would have done were He in our midst and , actually, He is, isn’t He.Romans12:21 Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.

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John

Like many people, I am currently at home doing the self quarantine / self isolation and have found myself with a lot more free time on my hands. Using this time to reflect on God's word and the priorities in my own life have been a tremendous blessing. God is great all the time!

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Judith Addington
John

Me too, while spending time at home. This time has been such a blessing to me as well. Time to read the Bible, time to pray with others on the phone, time to sing Praises to our God, and time to watch youtube sermons,including Frances Chan. We have much to learn during this time.

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John
Judith Addington

Amen!

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