Be Transformed

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will. – (Romans 12:2, NIV)

Don’t change yourselves to be like the people of this world, but let God change you inside with a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to understand and accept what God wants for you. You will be able to know what is good and pleasing to Him and what is perfect. – (Romans 12:2, ERV)

If we spend our time seeking what is in the world, we will become like that which we seek. We are called to seek the Lord to transform and renew us, so that our hearts and minds will become more like His. As we choose to pursue Christ, we learn what is good and pleasing to Him, and discover His perfect will for our lives. The more we choose Christ, the greater He opens our understanding to that which He wants for us. May we keep our hearts from conforming to the patterns of the world, and whole heartedly pursue the path which God has prepared for us as we are transformed by the renewing of our minds.

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by things of the earth;

for God will transform,

grant us a new birth.

He renews our minds,

and shows us His way;

what is good to Him,

to not go astray.

His way is perfect,

and He wants for us;

to know His nearness,

by His love we’re blessed.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that when we seek You, You help keep us from conforming to the patterns of this world, as You transform us by the renewing of our minds. Thank You that You show us that which is Your good, pleasing and perfect will, as we choose to ask. Forgive us for not seeking or asking, or for allowing our hearts to get caught up in that which surrounds us, rather than You who is in us. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would rely on You completely in all things and at all times. Show us how to love others in such a way that we could reach those stuck in the destructive patterns of the world without causing any feelings of condemnation or judgment – only Your love. May many come to know the truth of Your unfailing love. Be glorified O God, as we allow You to transform us by the renewing of our minds as we seek and trust You completely. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

They will celebrate Your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of Your righteousness. – Psalm 145:7

The Seduction of Smooth Talk

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The pure bride of Christ,

is how we are seen.

The moment we ask,

He calls us redeemed.

Be not led astray,

by smooth talk and flash,

for only in Christ,

will true freedom last.

With every message,

that’s spoken and heard,

make sure it lines up,

with God’s holy word.

If it’s a bit off,

it’s the tempter’s way,

to deceive our hearts,

and lead us astray.

So seek Jesus first,

let our hearts hear it;

what we are to do,

when led by His Spirit.

(Responding to 2 Corinthians 11:1-3)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You have redeemed us and call us by name.  Thank You that You speak to us by Your Spirit, through Your word, and through people who passionately pursue You.  Forgive us for listening to any voice or influence that is not firmly established in You, and grant us the wisdom to  discern when it is You, and when it is not.  Teach our hearts to hear Yours more clearly each day, so that we can be better equipped to walk in Your way.  Let Your love lead us and guide us where You want us to go.  May many come to comprehend the liberating love that is found in You, as the truth in You is truly known.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present