THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3
Scripture: Romans 12:1-2
This passage says, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” The Greek word for being transformed is metamorphosis. As we renew our mind, we experience a process like changing clothes from rags to royal garments. We remove any blame, shame or guilt concerning past behavior by spiritual blood-washing and physical baptism where the old man dies. Why listen to condemning voices? If we actually do Romans 12:1-2 and submit to the transformation process we prove what is that good, acceptable, and perfect will of God. The Passion Translation of the New Testament expresses the transformation this way, “But be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.” As we understand the depth of this truth we refuse to listen to any accusation based on the application of the Blood of Christ. Af-es-is is the process of remission at work in us. How rich with depth and meaning is the powerful Blood of Christ! The penalty is gone. The memory of it is gone. The record of it is gone. We are pardoned, forgiven, released from penalty. The bondage is broken and imprisonment is over and the record is erased. We are given a fresh start. This should cause each and every one of us to pause in wonder and rejoice. We should commit afresh to renew our minds to the truth of this and acquaint ourselves passionately with the Sonship gifts that are a part of our new Family. Doing Romans 12:1-2 is a transformation process. Sowing each one of these remission scriptures is a key. Learning them and developing them in our heart and mind while declaring them is the process of building a clear conscience. We want to build the promise into us like Paul did so that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us! Eradicating blame, shame or guilt releases faith to receive what we ask. We can germinate the promises of Scripture when we forcibly remove blame, shame and guilt. Our spirit can then function like soil that germinates God’s Word. In that position nothing is impossible to us. We have been transformed into kings and priests as The Passion Translation reveals to be accompanied by an empowerment! Anything that looks like a wormy status or second-class position should be counted as removed. Our true and accurate status is as sons and daughters of the Most High, free from blame, shame and guilt to serve the Living God as Family!