RCCG OPEN HEAVEN DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR SEPTEMBER 4, 2022 (BE NOT CONFORMED)
TOPIC: BE NOT CONFORMED
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” – (Romans 12:2)
READ: 1 Corinthians 2:11-16 (KJV)
Many people, in their bid to get to the top and be accepted by others, like to jump on trends which only keep them at the bottom. The only people who get to the top are those who do not yield to the pressure to be like everyone else but create a path for others to follow. These people are always true to themselves. Many people have lost their personal identity in Christ and the real purpose of God for their lives because they are trying to be like everyone else. I have listened to many preachers I admire a lot.
I admire how they deliver their sermons. I admire them, I like them, but I don’t copy them. Rather, I do it the way the Lord has taught me to. While the word is being preached, the sick are getting healed, the barren are made fruitful, captives of the devil are set free and many souls are saved. I am simply doing what God asked me to and He is helping me. That is how to get to the top. Psalm 121:1 says, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help”.
If you want God’s help, then your eyes must be fixed on Him, not what is trending. Jesus said in John 5:19; Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
The fellow who wants to be accepted by everybody will not focus on what is important. Instead, his mind will be distracted by people’s perceptions. In my own field of practice, what is most important is intimacy with God. People come to me not because they like my face or for the fact that I studied Mathematics. It is because they know that I am close to the Lord and so if they want to hear from Him, I will tell them directly the mind of God. They are confident that if I ask God for something on their behalf, He would listen.
Several years ago, when many ministers of God were wearing big flowing robes and I continued with my little French suits, people called me names, but I wasn’t bothered. You cannot be like everybody else and become a role model. A role model is someone who others copy, not someone who copies others. Don’t copy the ways of the world; copy Christ and the world will come and copy you.
Don’t be afraid to be different from everybody else as long as you are obeying and copying Christ.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
Jeremiah 46 – 48
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