The transformed life – Part 7
Text: Romans 12:1-2
Key Verse: Romans 12:1, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” (KJV)
The transformed life is a holy and consecrated life. Holiness is a conscious personal decision. It is to move away from all forms of ungodliness around you to godly use. It is a personal and conscious decision to live a holy life. You have to be determined about it and do not lead a life that is in disagreement with the words of God. This is because the Bible tells us that without holiness, no pastor, no deacon and no member of the church will see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14). Jesus said blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God (Mathew 5:8). God hates disobedience and there is no way anybody can live a life that God hates and thinks he will rapture. We must go back to the scriptures and look at our lives and ask ourselves where are we really going to.
A transformed man does not live in pride and arrogance. A transformed person is not disobedient and rebellious. Remember Jesus was not proud. Jesus said in the Bible, “Learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you will find rest for your soul,” Mathew 11:29. God hates pride and rebellion. God loves holiness and wants us to be holy. The transformed man lives a holy life and hates sin. The transformed man lives a life of sexual purity. In Ephesians 5:3, the NIV puts it in this way: “But among you, there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.” These days, we are becoming disturbed that some people that come to church love fornication and adultery, so much, that they support it, they protect it, they defend it and they stand up for it. The person that commits adultery is their man and the one living in fornication is their woman. It was never so before, but now there are people who support sin and support evil and they are no longer ready to stand up for God.
Ephesians 5:3 says even a hint or rumour of sexual impurity of any kind should not be mentioned and linked to any child of God. But nowadays, there are rumours that some people who call themselves children of God love to live in immorality.
Anybody living in this dirty lifestyle is not saved, they don’t belong to Jesus, they are children of the devil and need to be saved. They need to be delivered and transformed. They need the power of God to transform their lives, but if they do not do so and remain members of a church, they will be lost because they are blind. They are already guilty and condemned. And according to Ephesians 2:1, they are dead in their trespasses and sins.
I beg you, my brother and sister, let nobody make a fool of himself; let nobody deceive himself; let nobody cheat himself and let nobody give room for the devil because you are worshipping the Omniscient God. Do not say because there is no light, I will do it in darkness. The Bible says the darkness becomes light to God (Psalm 139). God sees both in the light and darkness, so, it does not matter when.
Don’t be involved in the foolishness of saying, nobody will ever discover it because you will weep in hell forever if you follow such philosophy.
• Today’s Nugget: Don’t be dead in your trespasses and sins. Prayer: Lord help me to live sexually pure. Prayer lines: 08054477940. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Rev. Pastor Ejikeme Ejim, General Superintendent, Assemblies of God Nigeria.