January 11

“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2

Change begins within. The starting point of a genuine transformation is to yield to Him. To surrender to Him is ‘to let go and to let God’. It is saying “not my will but Yours be done”. He is the Potter, I am the clay. To the degree that I am yielded and surrendered to Him will be the measure that I am influenced and filled by Him. For change to be lasting I must fully embrace and engage it. I should willingly let go of the old to receive the new, the lasting and the things that are of God.

A yielded life is an offering. It is the fullest expression of worship. Picture a sacrificial lamb on the altar, dead, cut open, nothing hidden, everything yielded and ready to be burned with Holy Fire. This is the kind of offering that yields a sweet smelling aroma to God. Such is an offering of life that gives glory to Him. God willingly demonstrates His Will and His Nature to the one who surrenders all. Therefore, as we yield to Him we are also postured to receive from Him. The place of surrender becomes the place of great exchange. Temporal things give way to things eternal in the yielded heart.

As we nurture the things of God in our hearts, our minds should come into submission and total alignment to what we have received from Him. We have to shift from thinking ‘as the world thinks’ to the way our Father in heaven thinks. We need to be conformed into His thinking to be transformed into His image. This is what seals the process of transformation in our lives- our minds and hearts are fixed on the things above, anchored in the Nature and the Promises of God. When the mind is set on God’s reality the supernatural becomes the norm. The impossible is possible. We are changed from glory to glory.


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