Romans Lesson 21 Day 5

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13. Be transformed — Transfigured

We should be different from unbelievers, in our behavior, our values, our thoughts, our desires, our character, our countenance, etc.

Do not be conformed

The Greek word SUSCHEMATIZO,” means “to fashion alike, i.e. conform to the same pattern” (Strong’s Concordance).

Instead, be transformed

The Greek word “METAMORPHOO” is the same root word for “metamorphosis”. It describes a complete change, like a caterpillar changes into a butterfly. This word is also the same word that was used to describe Jesus’ transformation when His face shone and His garments became white as the light (Matthew 17:2). Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.

Isaiah 26:3  “You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You. (AMPC)”

14. Don’t be squeezed into the mold of this present age. (footnote TPT)

…be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in His eyes. Romans 12:2b TPT

Discipling others

Jesus said, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.” Admittedly, I have not arrived at perfection, but that is my goal. God created us in His likeness to reflect His nature to everyone around us. His nature is perfect love.

More often they see me praying, reading and writing about the Bible, and attending Bible study.

15. God’s will for all of us is to be living sacrifices to Him.

This is a wonderful promise that we can prove God’s will in our lives. The first step is to make a total commitment of our lives to the Lord (“living sacrifice,” Romans 12:1). Actually, this is the will of God for us all. Our vocation is secondary. God’s will for all of us is to be living sacrifices to Him. Once that is accomplished, more specific direction will come as we renew our minds.

If we try to find God’s vocation for us but don’t present ourselves to God as living sacrifices, then we are frustrating God’s plan. God doesn’t just want our service; He wants us. Once He gets us, He’ll get our service. (Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary)

A wrong view of God’s nature causes people to think things like “God’s Will means–

  • Your vocation or ministry.
  • Only people in full-time ministry are in God’s will.
  • You must obey a lot of rules…or else.
  • You will have no fun.
  • Even if you are happy, you’d better not look like it.
  • He might send you (without His abiding presence and power) to be eaten by a hostile tribe.
  • You should be poor.
  • Your life should be perfect. If it’s not, then It’s my fault or God doesn’t love me.

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I’ve heard and believed all of the above at some point in my life.

16. Discerning the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.

John 14:9-17 

In this passage, Jesus asks His disciples to trust Him. He assures them that He is trustworthy.

Because they have been in a close relationship with Him for three years, they know Him so they know the Father.

Jesus promises to answer their prayers. He made that promise twice.

He also promised that if they believed in Him, they can and will do the same things He has done and even greater.

After that, He says, “If you love me (and He knows that they do), show it by doing what I’ve told you.” THEN He promises to send the Spirit of Truth to be with them and in them continually.”

So Jesus isn’t talking about being a law-abiding citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven, He’s offering a loving, relational, worshipful oneness with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! So good.

Obedience outside of an intimate relationship is religion, i.e. Pharisee.

Intimacy outside of a relationship is prostitution.

2 Corinthians 10:5

The mind is the battlefield in which thoughts and reasoning contrary to God’s Word are to be captured and submitted to Christ, our Commander. Just as enemy soldiers are captured in war, so rebel thoughts must be taken captive and made to submit to Christ.

This is an amazing statement! Paul was saying that it is not only possible to take every thought captive, but that our spiritual weapons were designed for the express purpose of taking every thought captive and making them obedient to Christ. Keeping our minds completely stayed upon the Lord is an obtainable goal. (Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.)

1 Thessalonians 4:3-7

God’s will is for you to be set apart for him in holiness and that you keep yourselves unpolluted from sexual defilement. (Verse 3 TPT)

We have already been sanctified in our born-again spirits, once and for all, and we are progressively reproducing that sanctification in our actions day by day. (Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary)

James 5:13-16 The benefits of salvation

Jesus provided for physical healing as well as forgiveness of sins. The very word save (Greek – SOZO) is translated made whole in reference to physical healing in Matthew 9:22, Mark 5:34, and Luke 8:48. James 5:15 says the prayer of faith shall save (Greek – “SOZO”) the sick. Many scriptures mention the healing of our bodies in conjunction with the forgiveness of our sins (Psalms 103:3, Isaiah 53:4-6, and 1 Peter 2:24). Healing is a part of our salvation, just as much as the forgiveness of our sins.
(Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.)

As believers, God wants us to take an active interest in the health and general well-being of other members of a spiritual community. Praying in faith is powerful. Confessing our sins to each other closes doors that may allow sickness to take root.

1 Peter 2:15 “Peter exhorted his readers to be subordinate and respectful to every human authority because of the Lord. He commanded them to submit to governmental and civil authority, acting as free people.” (HCSB Study Bible)

1 Peter 3:17 It’s better to suffer for doing good, if that’s what God wants, than to be punished for doing bad. (MSG)

Suffering for a righteous cause is infinitely better than suffering for our own sins or mistakes. The knowledge that we are right with God, even though we suffer, will sustain us in persecution (Proverbs 18:14). The suffering will only be for a moment (2 Corinthians 4:17), and we will receive eternal rewards (2 Corinthians 4:18). (Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary)

1 Peter 4:1-11 Learn to think like Jesus.

  • Be prepared to suffer persecution. Those who suffer persecution will be free from sin’s grip.
  • A life of sinful pursuits is a waste of time.
  • Show hospitality to other believers.
  • Pray with dedication.
  • Love each other steadily and unselfishly. (Voice)
  • Use the spiritual gifts God has given you to benefit others.
  • Do all to the glory of God.

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My answers to BSF study questions on Romans Lesson 21 Day 5 ~ Romans 12:1-2