Power of Reason…

Therefore, I appeal to you by the compassions of God, brothers, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, a sacred service with your power of reason. And stop being molded by this system of things, but be transformed by making your mind over, so that you may prove to yourselves the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

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The apostle Paul encourages us to use our “power of reason” to become the kind of person who is molded by God’s thinking, not by that of the world.

Stressing the need to have tight control over what we allow ourselves to think about, Paul stated: “We are overturning reasonings and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God; and we are bringing every thought into captivity to make it obedient to the Christ.”  Our thoughts have a powerful effect on the kind of person we are, so we need to “continue considering” upbuilding things.

We cannot expect to be holy if we are feeding on improper thoughts and desires. We must love Jehovah with “a clean heart.” But the heart is treacherous, and we may not even realize how deeply “the things in the world” are affecting us. Therefore, should we not ‘keep testing whether we are in the faith, keep proving what we ourselves are’ by honest self-examination in light of what we study in the Bible?

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~ by DJ Camstar on 08/08/2016.

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