Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 284
Devotional Song: Go to this link … Please take the time to see/hear a video of the group Hillsong, leading in worship, singing the classic hymn I Surrender All, declaring the secret to the power of God’s Spirit in our lives - and that is total surrender
Highlight Passage: Romans 12: 1-2 [NKJV} …
1 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. 2 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.
Highlight Context - NKJV: Romans 12: 1-8 [NKJV] … GO TO THIS LINK … Our power to resist the world as living sacrifices in God’s family …
Reference Passage #1: Matthew 22: 34-37 - Note vs 37 [NKJV} …
34 But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” … 37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ [Deut. 6: 5]
Reference Passage #2: Luke 9: 23 [NKJV} …
23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. …”
Reference Passage #3 - NKJV: 2nd Timothy 3: 16-17 [NKJV] … GO TO THIS LINK … Surrendering to the power of God’s truth with change one’s life and could change the world …
Reference Passage #4 - NKJV: 2nd Peter 1: 2-4 [NKJV] … GO TO THIS LINK … We have all the power we need to be transformed into Christlikeness
My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread devotional entry, authored by David McCasland, refers to another author as he writes … Educator and best-selling author Tony Wagner is a firm believer in “disruptive innovation” that changes the way the world thinks and works. In his book Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World, he says, “Innovation occurs in every aspect of human endeavor,” and “most people can become more creative and innovative—given the right environment and opportunities.”
And that’s exactly what the Apostle Paul was teaching to the Church in Rome [and to us as modern day Christians] when he wrote in today’s highlight verses - under the inspiration of God in today’s highlight passages - about the power of total surrender - as a “living sacrifice” - to God’s will and His way through His word, which gives the Christian the power to resist the way of the world and the leadings of Satan, … transforming us … “by the renewing of our minds” … with all the power we need into Christlikeness (see 2nd Peter 1: 2-4, linked above).
The question is, … in our current world (i.e., culture), are we willing to go into surrender mode to God’s Spirit to capture the power that God offers to become more like Christ tomorrow than today and more like Him today than yesterday?
That’s God’s plan for me (and for you); and I, for one, plan to surrender to it!!
My Prayer for Today … Lord, … I surrender all … prayerfully more today than yesterday … and even more tomorrow !! Amen
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