Renew. Restore.

 

September 2

 

Read Romans 12: 1-2

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this 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.

 

Reflect

Why should we strive for holiness? How can we participate in the renewal of our minds?

 

I have been a Christian almost all of my life. So nothing is more frustrating to me than my continued struggle with certain areas of sin in my life. I know that God has called me to be holy as He is holy. The trouble is, I do not always act holy. Even though I greatly desire to. Can you relate?

 

The apostle Paul could relate. In Romans 7:24-25 he wrote, “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from the body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!..”

 

So what can be done? Paul says that we are to present our bodies as a living sacrifice to God. We do not sacrifice animals in order for our sins to be forgiven but we sacrifice ourselves daily by submitting our lives to Him because He has already forgiven us. Because we have already received His great mercy, we seek to live in a way that pleases and glorifies God. To do that, we should not conform to the thinking processes, value systems, and behavior of the world. Rather, we should allow the Holy Spirit to transform us by the renewal of our minds. The Holy Spirit changes our outward behavior by changing our internal thoughts.

 

This is why time spent with God in His Word is so critical. Through His Word, the Holy Spirit commands, convicts, prompts, guides, and encourages us. In the Scriptures, we are shown how God wants us to live. In the Spirit, we are gradually transformed, more and more each day, into a human being more like Christ.

 

Friend, if you are frustrated with your sin, I understand. Spend time in the Word daily and ask the Holy Spirit to use the Word to change you. Stay the course and be encouraged by the mercies of God.

 

Pray

Lord, I am so thankful that You have not given up on me yet. Please continue to work in my life to make me more and more like You. I long to be holy as You are holy. Amen.

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford


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Your wise words in this devotional is a reminder to me it’s not how people treat me but how I treat others that really matters in the end.
Thank you for ministering God's word. I pray for God to guide my mind each day to not do,think or say things that would grieve his Holy Spirit but glorify Him.
Thank You Father for not giving up on me but help me to not give up on myself.
He said he holy as I am holy.
I struggle with this all the time. There are certain ares in my life that are “weak links” in my armor. I know the key is to spend more time in the Word but where to start is my problem. I need Hisvguidance in that as well!
Thank you Lord for not giving up on me. In Jesus name. Amen
Yes Lord, make us always hungry and thirsty for righteousness, bring us ever closer to You in Jesus name, Amen
Lord Jesus, help me to be holy as You are holy.
I didn't hear about Grace of God nor about How we were made new and no longer sinners .we are saints that sometimes sin ..our new heart and Spirit has transformed us into his likeness.we no longer want to sin and our desires are changing from fleshly mindsets to the Spirit of Life with daily updates from our new nature! He remembers my sin no more ! Amen
Amen
God, I also want to add to please, help me to study Your Word more, increase my faith, and bring healing into my life by letting me to learn to let go of my burdens. I have faith in You to transform me by replacing my worries, sins, and burdens with gratitude, joy, faith, love, praise, and service. Thank You, Father. In Your Name, I pray. Amen.
God, thank You for not giving up on my family and myself. Thank You for all the good works that You have done, are doing, and will continue to do in our lives. Thank You for providing us and meeting our daily needs. Please, continue to lovingly guide my family and myself in the unique image, likeness, and purpose that You have prepared for each of us. Please, let us use our talents to serve You and only You. In Your Name, I pray. Amen.
By the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conform to this world, but be transform by renewal of your mind, by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Thank you Pastor Nat for this teaching today. It really speaks to me. I look forward to reading Your Forward Daily Devotional every day. God bless you!
Amen, help me Jesus!
Thank u jesus
Oh to be like Him!
Make me as holy as u jesus in ur name I pray amen
Thank u jesus for forgiving all my sins
Lord thank as you renew my spirit and soul. Please help me as your messenger of your truth, and your way to my son who is like a lost sheep and needs to be found and redirected to you.
Heavenly Father, thank You for your sacrifice on the cross. Thank You for the grace and mercy You so freely gave to us. Help me to give my life to You as freely as You have done for us. Give me Your spirit Your Holy spirit so I can be more like You day by day. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Father Forgive me for the times I’ve sinned snd doubted ! Thank you for not giving up on me while so many times I wanted yo give up on you ‘ in Jesus name I pray !
Heavenly father; Help me to be mindful of your word in every situation I am in. Renew my mind and bless me in all that I do and accomplish today. In Your most precious name, Jesus! Amen.
Thank you Lord for the word. I ask that you forgive me each and everyday.
That was great I need to renew my mind I asked Jesus to help me do that.Thank you for the word of God and my salvation.
Thank u Lord for giving me another day and confirmation that u still have my back..
Wow! I to want to more of Christian but I fall short. The good thing is we have a forgiving God!
Yes jesus make me into the person I need to be more like u more holy
my devotions this morning spoke of the same thing. I struggle with being holy as God is holy. I am thankful he can renew my mind as I put more and more of His word in my heart.
We all go through struggles everyday. I remember years ago that a seminar I went to had a saying that stated Please Be Patient God Is Not Finished With Me Yet.
I Go To Sleep Every Night With The Word Of God In My Ear, And I Declare, I Will Not Be Conformed To This World, But I Will Be Transformed By The Renewing Of My Mind Through The Word Of God, Even While I Sleep♥️
This is so relatable! I can't do it by myself and in my strength. I need the help of the Holy Spirit's enablement. Lord, please renew and restore me, as I strive to become more like You. Thank You for Your patience with me as You transform me.
Thank you! Day by day. Amen.
The glory of Jehovah God is what we all have to give thanks for he sent his only begotten son Jesus Christ to die for our sin
I love this line in your message “ The Holy Spirit changes our outward behavior by changing our internal thoughts.” God Bless 🙏
ÅMEN LORD 🙏🙏🙏
Amen
Thank u Lord , u know just what l need to help to me stay focus on living closer to you
I really appreciate your message for it is right in time. I have been struggling with this for a while. But today I want God to take control all of me so I can be more like Him.
Thank you Lord timely message for me
Lord I thank you for your word. Bless Your Name!
Amen thank you
Great words pastor! The word and the Bible are essential in renewing our minds. Jesus help us to spend time on your word, learning new and wonderful things each day. You are new every morning and we can be more like you with your Spirit empowering us to obey your words. Thank you Jesus. Amen
Thanks for the devotional I also thank The Almighty God for the life of my big family Amen
Amen keep on trying to be as our Savior. That is worship.
Amen thank for those inspiring words.
Amen. Yes I thank you gracefully for everything. I continue need you to work on the areas I struggle every day with.
Thank you God 🙏❣️
Amen, by the grace and help of God.
Thank you Pastor Nat, I needed that correction and direction from God's Word today as I seek to be more pleasing in His sight. It's true God has given us everything that pertains to life and godliness even friends we've never met to encourage us along our journey.
I struggle a lot with sin. It hurts me to know, I hrieve God at His heart. I pray that the Lord will highlight my path with the way I am to walk, and give me the strength to be of good courage... because Jesus has overcome the world I love You, and your precious son. Amen!!
Perfect reminder. Needed this this morning. I must stay in the word to be the person G ou d wants me to be. Thank you for thus devotion.
It’s been a long path. If I ponder about this journey too long I wonder why I’m still here while others have gone on. So I thank the Lord that He has led and protected me along the path and I praise Him for His plan for us. God is in control!
Thank you Lord for your goodness and faithfulness.
Help me Lord , lead me in the path of rightousness when my anxiety brings me down. Thank you, Amen
That passage help me, I’ve found myself being lazy we it time for me to study the word of God,But knowing I can’t live Life of Victory without the word of God, that my spiritual food for Soul when I think of it hurts my heart, I ask God to forgive me .
Lord I long to be Holy as you are Holy