God encourages us not to be conformed to this world. Yet many times we are. We are to separate ourselves from the world to the service of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Here is a prohibition and an admonition
(“Every Day!” Author unknown, 1872)
“I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not be conformed to this world; but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2
Here is a prohibition and an admonition. O Lord, give me grace to avoid what You forbid–and to do what you enjoin.
Enable me to avoid compliance with those customs and ways of the world which are contrary to Your will.
While in the world–let me not be of it.
Give me grace to come out and to be separate from its ungodly principles and sinful pleasures.
Transform me by the renewal of my mind.
Deliver me from pride, from selfishness, and vain-glory.
Afford me a continual supply of the grace of Christ.
Impress His image on me–and help me to tread in His steps.
Let it plainly appear that I am not of the world–even as He was not of the world. John 17:16
O Lord, work in me to will and to act according to Your good pleasure.
“Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you–and you will be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:17-18
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This is how we must live our lives. To be over comers in a world of sinful pleasure, we must follow Jesus moment by moment.
We need to allow God to speak to us about this important issue.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001