LIVING SACRIFICE

LIVING SACRIFICE

Romans 12:1 (NKJV) 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.

God has redeemed us, and in His sight, we are new creations!  We are the very righteousness of God, in Christ Jesus.  Because of the death of Jesus on the cross and His shed blood, our spirit man, the real us, is alive and one with Him.

Our bodies, though, have not been fully redeemed yet.  They will be at the return of Jesus Christ, but what this verse is saying is that we have some work to do, by the strength of the Holy Spirit living within our spirit.  You see, God has placed Himself within us to help us overcome the struggles of our flesh.

If left to itself, the flesh would do all kinds of crazy things.  It would want to destroy itself with over-eating, over-indulging in fleshly things, and just doing things that would harm it.  But God has asked us to make these bodies living sacrifices to Him, and He has placed His strength within us to do it.

It would be one thing for God to ask us to do it, and then leave us to ourselves to accomplish it.  This would only work with strong willpower or strong self-control, which I have seen fail too many times.  But God has given us His grace, and this empowers us to be world overcomers. 

So you see, you are not on your own.  You are not thrown out there to the wolves to fight constantly.  God wants you to enter into His rest, knowing that with the Greater One in you, you will present your body to Him, holy and acceptable.

Remember, do not live in the guilt of a mistake.  Trust Him that He is bigger than any mistake that you might make, and He has delivered you from anything that the enemy might throw at you.

Confession:  Today, I present my body to God as a living sacrifice.  God does not want a dead sacrifice, but a living one.  I know today that He will empower me to overcome any test, trial, or temptation that the evil one may bring against me.

Today’s Bible Reading

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Genesis 50 – Exodus 2:10

Matthew 16:13 -17:9

Psalms 21

Proverbs 5:1-6

Bible in a Year: 365-Day Reading Plan : English | King James Version (KJV)

Today’s Bible reading from Old Testament : Genesis 49, Genesis 50

Today’s Bible reading from New Testament : Matthew 17:14-27, Matthew 18:1-9

Today’s Bible reading from Psalms and Proverbs: Psalm 15:1-5

Bible in a Year: 365-Day Reading Plan : English | New Living Translation (NLT)

Today’s Bible reading from Old Testament : Genesis 49, Genesis 50

Today’s Bible reading from New Testament : Matthew 17:14-27, Matthew 18:1-9

Today’s Bible reading from Psalms and Proverbs: Psalm 15:1-5