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Not Conforming To The World | Daily Devotional

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“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect”. | Romans 12:2

On my drive to work I don’t usually encounter a whole lot of traffic. I drive through the woods watching the sunlight filter through the trees in the most beautiful patterns and I often thank God for his creation. One day, I drove past a wooded area of tall, straight, limbless pine trees and I noticed right smack in the middle is a twisty oak tree. This tree’s branches twist and turn into all directions and it definitely didn’t follow the pattern of the other trees. Seeing this tree reminded me that in a world of evil and unbelief, we cannot be afraid to stand out and be who God created us to be. We must soak up the son and then tell the whole world of his loving kindness by being set apart.

  • PRAYER: God help me to be different from the world and not to be afraid to stand out. You made me unique and set apart for a reason and I pray that fear wouldn’t hold me back from spreading your love to those around me. Help me to remember that wide is the path to destruction but narrow is the gate that we should enter into righteousness. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart. | Proverbs 27:19

What does your life reflect? Are you a person that people can turn to if they need help? Are you the one people hide from because you spread the gossip of so-and-so’s failed marriage around town? Your heart will overflow into your actions and your life. Matthew 12:34 says the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. If your heart is full of hate and malice, that’s what your words and your actions in life will take the shape of. On the flip side of the coin, if you speak life and perform acts of kindness, your life will be a reflection of God’s love and great mercy. If you find that your life isn’t quite reflecting the image that you want to portray, spend some time in a quiet place seeking God’s face. Ask him to touch and change your heart into a heart for helping others. He is faithful to answer, but sometimes we have to quiet our busy lives enough to be able to hear that still small voice. I encourage you to seek out ways to help others and be a blessing to them. God will surely reward you for it and your life will be a reflection of beauty and grace.

  • Prayer: God touch my heart today. Give me a heart for all things good and pleasant. Help me to bear the fruits of the spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control) in all that I do. I want to be a beautiful reflection of your love every day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister. | 1 John 4:21

OUCH. This scripture can be so simple and so difficult all at once! God says if we love him, we must also love our brother and sister. He’s not talking about the family tree here, but he’s talking about our brothers and sisters in Christ. Sometimes people hurt us and we don’t want to love those people who caused us pain. God says love them anyway. I have found that when someone causes me great pain, the best way I can show them love is to pray for them. To truly pray for their health, wellbeing, success, etc. After you put this into practice, I think you’ll find that God’s love will help fill your heart so you can continue to pour it out in prayer and maybe eventually in person. Some people are easy to love, like our friends and family, and we should go out of our way to love and cherish them also. Some people just need a hand sometimes and we can help by donating food to a food bank, cleaning an elderly persons yard, etc. Do these acts of love and God will surely bless you for it!

  • PRAYER: God help me to find joy in loving everyone around me. I pray that you would fill my heart to overflowing and help me to be a beacon of your love for my friends, family, neighbors, and even my enemies. God give me the strength and bless me in showing love to everyone, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. We hear this a lot in modern day culture. | Matthew 6:34

“Be present”. But what does that mean? To be present means to live in the moment. Yes it is okay to plan for the future, but don’t worry and be anxious about things you cannot control. Often we worry about things and cause ourselves much stress over things that never even come to pass! I think that’s why God reminds us here to be present. Don’t worry about tomorrow, for we aren’t even promised a tomorrow. Just stay present and do what good you can do for today. Another side of the “Be present” coin is not to live in the past. I have a very soiled and broken section of my past that has been very hard to forgive and leave behind. Things I’ve done continue to resurface in my mind and through people who knew me when I was in the world. The bible says in Psalm 103:12 that God has removed our sins from us as far as the East is from the West. God doesn’t hold our past against us anymore, so we shouldn’t continue to punish ourselves either.

  • Prayer: God thank you for this reminder in your word to be present and not worry about tomorrow. Thank you also for your love and forgiveness and help me to follow your example and forgive myself and not live in the past. Help me to truly soak up and be present in each moment that I’m blessed to have, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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