Friday, July 24, 2009

fyi friday

Do not conform any longer 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

"Inward discernment of the best and holiest thing to do is always a fruit of faith, repentance, consecration, and transformation by the Holy Spirit. Familiar indeed is the first sentence of this verse. Less often, however, is stress laid on the second. "Test" means to "discern by examining alternatives," and Paul's point is that there is a moral and spiritual precondition of being able in each situation to see what God wants done. Those whose minds God is currently transforming may still err about specific aspects of God's will, in areas of life where their residual unwisdom still holds say, but where no work of inward renewal is in progress, no adequate discernment of God's will is to be expected at all. Guidance is God's gift to those who are looking to Him- that means precisely, looking to Jesus Christ- to save them from sin."
"Paths of Righteousness," 36

IOW, There is a moral vs. spiritual concern when testing and approving God's will. If we are in process of renewing our mind through Him, we have to be on guard of worldly thoughts that still 'holds sway.' If we are too stubborn t give all of our self - our thoughts, our desires, our wisdom, our control- to Him, we can't expect to be capable of properly discerning His will.

Thank You for incessant renewal.

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