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“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…”

– Romans 12:1,2

There is a famous quote by Norman Vincent Peale that I want to refer to today. He said: “Change your thoughts, change your world.” This is true 100% of the time, and it’s the title of one of my books. It is something I’ve seen over and over again in life, and throughout the Scriptures. One of the places we see this is Romans Chapter 12, a favorite of mine, where Paul explains this to the Roman church in what he writes to them.

It begins when Paul says “…I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice.” This scripture is familiar within church culture. A “living sacrifice” was not the norm in a pagan world like the one Paul lived in. No matter what kind of animal was sacrificed, it wasn’t a living sacrifice. What does the phrase, “living sacrifice” mean? What is the sacrifice? It’s you! “Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God. This is your true and proper worship.” 

Friend, in the next verse, he explains: “Do not conform to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…” You can be a living sacrifice by releasing the patterns of the world and adapting to God’s instructions to shift into a different mode of thinking, and another way of seeing. And he says “Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.” As you change your thoughts, your world will become one that is good and pleasing to God!

Prayer


Father, through your Word, help me to renew my mind.

Reflection


Have you ever considered being a living sacrifice?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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