Because GOD has declared that there is a time for everything; why is it necessary for us to stress about time? There is no reason under the heavens why we should stress about meeting deadlines; getting from one place to another; meeting our goals and so on.
The first thing we need to know and understand; is that GOD alone is in control of time; everyone has the same 24 hours within a complete day and there are 365 days in a year with the exception of leap year which adds 1 day to the calendar.
When you go to the FATHER at the beginning of your day worshiping HIM; thanking HIM and asking HIM for HIS guidance to fulfill the task of the day; you will begin to notice how your day aligns. When you ask for GOD’s wisdom and understanding of how to accomplish your goals for the day; you will begin to notice how your day aligns. When you make the proper preparations and execute your task instead of waiting until the last minute; you will begin to notice how your day aligns.
There is nothing we can accomplish under our own power except get stressed out. From getting stressed out; we become sick in our body an ache here a pain there. Do you know that even depression can come from stress? We are GOD’s creation not your father and mother. Most people have cars; when something goes wrong with the car they take it to a reputable mechanic or dealer. Why? Because they have gotten the training required from the manufacture to repair what has gone wrong with the car. Same thing with GOD; GOD is the manufacture so we must go back to GOD so that HE can repair what has gone wrong with us.
In Italy and Mexico it is mandatory that at certain times of the day; everything must shut down for siesta (a break). After siesta where work and the tasks of the day are not spoken of but they rest or commune with laughter or so on they come back refreshed. These two countries do not have the same stress problems as we do in America. Maybe we can learn from them. If every born-again CHRISTian would use their 15 minute breaks and lunch break to refresh themselves in the Word of GOD or worship and thank GOD. I guarantee that you will come to notice how the concerns of this world will no longer get next to you. Non-believers will take notice and you will be able to share the Peace of GOD that passes all understanding. Philippians 4:7
As I studied Romans 12:1-3 it occurred to me that many Christians may want to be a living sacrifice but fall short just because of their own perception or what they are taught.
I want to dissect these verses and hopefully with a renewed sense of awareness we can all grow in the unity of the faith.
We all have to be decisive; putting an end to controversy in our lives and our speech without hesitation commanding our flesh and minds to do the will of GOD. In this we prove to ourselves GOD’s grace and mercy in and on our lives.
We all know how to dedicate ourselves to someone or something, we do it daily, never giving it much thought.
It’s no different to dedicate ourselves to GOD who has been very merciful towards us. After we were born-again GOD HIMSELF consecrated us to HIMSELF. HE set us apart from those who do not believe on HIS SON, JESUS the CHRIST. We are asked to become living sacrifices to GOD. JESUS is our living sacrifice prior to HIS crucifixion. JESUS also was our sacrifice on the cross. How many of us would be willing to be sentenced to death for a crime that we did not commit. Today those who are found guilty and sentenced to death fight to the end on appeals, but not JESUS.
We must dedicate our thoughts (mind); our eyes; our ears; our mouth; our limbs and the core of our body to GOD. It’s not some parts that will go to heaven or hell but the entire being. It’s not enough to get our bodies in line with the Word of GOD and not our thoughts. After all it’s the mind that is the playground for the enemy.
Is there any reason why we should not offer our bodies as living sacrifices? Doesn’t it make sense to do this act of love once we believe and realize that this is a small thing to do for all that JESUS has done for us. The more that we sacrifice our bodies to GOD, the more recognizable HIS mercy toward us is. We will obtain and see the goodness that HE will lavish upon us. This act shows that we have good understanding; the ability to comprehend and good judgment. In other word we are intelligent.
We have become closely akin to GOD’s will; purpose and outlook. Because we are abiding in HIM. We have a reverent honor and homage that is to be given to GOD that will come from our living sacrifice.
Now because of this we are not to become high browed and think that we have arrived because we have not. We are still human with a propensity to fall. It’s just that in our falling and without shame we are quicker to get up and dust ourselves off asking GOD to forgive us. Know your abilities don’t speak or do more than you are equipped to do. We are all in the body of CHRIST with gifts to help build the kingdom. One person will not get it done. Pay it forward help our less mature brothers and sisters in CHRIST to grow and speak as well as show the lost that we are different. We want those that are lost to come and ask “Why are we the way we are?” and it be in a good way.