Romans 12 Lesson

Transformation!

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

This is such a powerful scripture!

To better understand its meaning, we need to define a few of the words that comprise the verse.

Conformed – “To be or become similar in form, nature, or character.”

Transformed – “Make a thorough or dramatic changein the form, appearance, or character of.”

Renewing – “To make like new: restore to freshness, vigor, or perfection.”

If you are reading this, you have already been blessed with access to the living word of God.   That is a tremendous blessing!  There is nothing more important to your faith than being in God's word on a consistent basis.

God's word can transform us into the people that God intended us to be!  

Based on the definition above, this transformation will involve a thorough or dramatic change.  However, with God, sometimes the smallest adjustments can result in enormous transformations!

In 2 Timothy, Paul writes to his less experienced brother, Timothy, to encourage him to continue to persevere.  Paul is a mentor to Timothy, and he advises Timothy to use God's word to help him get through the tough times he was facing.  Paul understood the importance of being in God's word, especially in trying times.  The same is true for us today.  When we turn to God's word to help us, God will not  disappoint !  

Paul wrote to Timothy:

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. ” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

Paul understood that God’s word was exactly what Timothy needed to help him through the adversity that he was experiencing. This is true for us as well.

If we do not conform to the social norms of the world, but instead allow ourselves to be transformed by God’s word, He will use us in ways that we never dreamed of to further His kingdom.

Being grounded in God's word is critical for our salvation. The more we study it, the greater our faith becomes.

Let us review the importance of faith in Jesus Christ as a matter of salvation:

  • “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” - Ephesians 2:8-9.
  • “Nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.” - Galatians 2:16.
  • “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” – Hebrews 11:6.

Now that we have reviewed the importance of faith, let us talk about two important choices that we all must make relative to our own salvation:

  1. Do we want to please ourselves, or do we want to please God?
  2. Do we want to conform to the sinful ways of the world, or do we want to be transformed to walk in newness of life?

As God’s children, we need to remind each other of the importance of faith in our lives. 

Hebrews 10:23-24 says:

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful;and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds .”

We will end today's study with the following proverb:

He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but he who walks wisely will be delivered. ” – Proverbs 28:26.

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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