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.”
The Apostle Paul talks about a scenario that many believers face in Romans 7:21-25. In your spirit man, you want to do the right thing, but you find another law at work in your members. You keep doing the evil that you don’t want to do. Of course, you’re saved. Because, like we established yesterday, you are a spirit. But how do you ensure that the testimony of your spirit becomes the testimony of your mind and body? How can the life you’ve received in Christ become your culture? How can you deliver yourself from desiring God but finding another law at work in your members?
Rom 12:1,2 says: “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. 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.”
God will not ask the man in Christ to do something he hasn’t empowered him to do. We were given this instruction because it is possible and expected. Here are some tips to guide you along. The first is interest. 1Ti 4:13 says: “Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.” The original rendition of ‘give attendance’ used here is akin to a waiter who waits at the table actively expecting a customer’s order. Give attention to prayer and study of the word. Interest yourself in fellowshipping with the brethren. Don’t be aloof. Never get to a point where your favourite game or movie gets more of your attention than the things of God.
Another thing is consistency. One time, I decided to start frequenting a gym close to me. But the instructor overworked me so much on the first day, I was unable to function at my maximum for nearly a week. Needless to say, that was the last time I went there. That is what some of us do. You want to build a culture of prayer and decide to pray for an hour today. But then, you don’t pray again for over a week. You would have been better off praying for twenty minutes every day. It’s okay to start small when it comes to spiritual exercises, but be consistent and make sure you grow over time.
Fervency is also very important. Prayer is a spiritual activity that requires your emotions. When you pray, let your passion be obvious. When you hear God’s word, receive it with joy. If you’re interested, consistent and fervent, your born again spirit will automatically gain ascendancy over your mind and body.