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Thought and Prayer for Saturday, June 13, 2020

Saturday, June 13, 2020

June 13, 2020 TRANSFORMATION

There has been a quiet battle in this country for a while to transform this world into one that acts and thinks differently. Some are trying to make this nation split apart and choose one side or the other. Just recently, the people in the battle seem to be growing stronger by forcing their opinions and beliefs on others. Power to destroy and control is behind this desire to win. No one knows what the outcome will be; however, the war is raging for a transformation that may or may not be victory for all.

As believers, we have a war battling inside of us. We are living in a world of sin where we are sometimes pulled into the midst of it all. We have to decide if we want to conform to this world or be transformed into the person God desires us to be. Our transformation comes from God who promises that the end will be wonderful. We can choose to be transformed by Him by staying in His word, thinking only of His will and turning from this world.

SCRIPTURE:
Ephesians 4:21-24 “Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.” (NLT)

ACTION STEPS:
1. Write what you are battling against right now.
2. List what things continue to control your thoughts.
3. Know God wants to transform your words and actions.
4. Pray asking for His help to do only His will and be righteous and holy.

PRAYER:
Dear Lord, we pray You will guide us today. We want to live lives that show we are transformed by Your Holy Spirit. Help us to throw off our sinful nature and allow You to renew our thoughts and attitudes. We want to put on our new nature which is good and pleasing to You. We don’t have to copy the ways of this world. We can choose You today and every day. Thank You for Your perfect plan of transformation. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

REMEMBER:
We don’t have to copy this world. We can be transformed by God and choose to do His will.

Romans 12:2 “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (NLT)

When we allow the Holy Spirit to help us, God can change our thinking, our attitudes and our lives.

Romans 8:5 “Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.” (NLT)

James 4:1-2a “What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them.” (NLT)

FOCUS:
Colossians 3:10 “Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.” (NLT)
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