Do Not Be Conformed to the World

To be honest, most days recently I’ve felt like my head is about to explode. Everywhere I turn, friends, neighbors and lots of people I barely know are very loudly trying to convince me to believe as they believe. I have found myself on more than one occasion asking God if He was planning to return anytime soon, since that’s the only thing that will truly make everything right.

But in the meantime, I’ve been camped out in Romans 12:2: “Do not be conformed to the world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

God, in His amazing goodness to us, teaches us a step-by-step way to think clearly during this time of many divergent opinions.

  1. Do not be conformed to the world. The pressure to cave to things our culture is telling us are true seems stronger than ever. If our culture tells us something is true, but it doesn’t align with Scripture, we know it’s a lie.
  2. Be transformed by the renewal of your mind. We renew our mind by spending time with God and reading and applying God’s Word. We can’t just know God’s Word; we have to act on it. The only way to not be deceived is to dig deep and let God’s Word take root in our hearts.
  3. We must test everything we see and hear and discern whether it is the will of God. I heard someone say recently that discernment is not only determining right from wrong, it is also determining right from almost right. 
  4. Only God’s will is good, acceptable and perfect, even when it’s not popular. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.” (Matthew 5:11)

I know God always desires for us to speak the truth in love, but he does want us to stand firm for truth. As the old hymn says, “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus!” Let’s fix our eyes on Jesus and stay true to Him and glorify Him with all the strength He gives us. Who’s with me?

By Kim Livesay

Kim is married to her amazing husband, Bob. She works at the Lexington Rescue Mission where she daily gets to see Jesus bring hope to hurting people.

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