Good afternoon, everyone! I hope you’re week is going well. Today was another glorious day that I never saw before. Thank you Lord for your new blessings and mercies. I’m thankful for all that I got to take in today.
It’s time for another Jamaican Gem. This was a Sunday morning sermon that Pastor Don delivered. I thought this was a timely word and I think you will too.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
Romans 12:1-2 NKJV
Jesus has set a standard for us to follow. Change is essential, important, and mandatory. What makes it difficult is the opinions of others. Our lives are always going to change. Paul’s audience knew about sacrifice. Think of all the things God did for us. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Because of that we should give are lives as a sacrifice for God. Give your heart and soul to him. It’s the reasonable thing to do. Though other things will change in our lives from addresses to jobs to relationships, God will never change. He will provide all your needs. We are not to be conformed to this world. Don’t get caught up in superficial things. It’s the anointing of God that makes you look good. God is focused on what’s going on inside of us. Change is uncomfortable and it sometimes doesn’t feel right, but it’s necessary.
“For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.”
Romans 8:29 NKJV
God is taking us through changes that we don’t understand. The Holy Spirit wants to do something in us. To conform is to make like in form. Everything God is taking you through is so you resemble Jesus. God puts us in situations to show there’s still a work in us we need to do. We must study the life of Jesus to see how he handled situations. When God changes our lives, we can change someone else’s life. We must have a desire to change. We must renew our mind. God’s word is truth and will transform our lives. We represent the kingdom of God no matter where we are. Our lives must line up with the word of God. The power that’s in the pulpit is also in the pew. Jesus takes us through things to change us.
“that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.”
Ephesians 4:22-24 NKJV
This is how God sees you. How do you see yourself?
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
II Corinthians 5:17 NKJV
People should see something new in your life. When you present your body as a sacrifice you submit to God’s will. Every time you’re in church or worship there should be a change taking place. What good is it that we become born again and we still want to sin? We should be transformed. God gave us the ability to rise above like eagles. It only comes when we know our lives are changed. We have to ask if we want to be made whole?
“After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?””
John 5:1-6 NKJV
Jesus knows your condition and how long you’ve been there. He wants to know Do you want to be made well?
“The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.””
John 5:7-8 NKJV
Jesus doesn’t listen to the excuses. As long as you make excuses for your sickness you won’t be made well. You must speak to yourself. An excuse removes yourself from the path of blame and keeps you from accepting responsibility for what you need to do. If we make a change we must take responsibility. Until you’re willing to stand and take responsibility you won’t start growing as a man or woman of God. There are things we have to sacrifice, but these days it’s hard because we must look past ourselves. We must decide today is the day that things change. We have to get to a point where we say this is difficult but it’s necessary. We must agree with God if we want things to change. The change is for your betterment. Someone will be inspired to change when you change. Give it all to Jesus so that you can change. Lay your life on the alter of God.