Scripture:
“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2 NLT

A Call To: Praise
In order for us to be able to give our bodies to God as a holy and living sacrifice, we need to have the fundamental belief that God is good. If we don’t believe He is good, then it makes it difficult to trust Him and to believe that His ways are pleasing and perfect for our lives. The world is screaming for our attention. It’s screaming for us to react versus respond in self control – to hold onto worldly possessions tightly and to put ourselves before others.

Jesus told his disciples to, “Come, follow me.” That meant they laid down their jobs, their families, their homes, all of their desires to walk with Jesus. They never thought twice about what that actually meant, but they knew that they could trust Jesus and that He was different from anyone else they had ever met. They knew that what they would lay down, He would have something better.

Laying it all down for HIM is beautiful surrender, an offering that only YOU can offer to Jesus. Worshiping HIM should cost us something. There is nothing sweeter than remaining in his Presence singing of his love and goodness; encountering him when we open the Word of God or in our secret place when He speaks to our hearts. Oh, to stay there just a little bit longer and linger in His love.

Let God’s Word wash over your mind. Declare the scriptures out loud so that your heart can receive the truths of what God is saying to you!

God is good!

Reflection:
At church today, our guest speaker, talked on the topic of surrender. He asked if there were areas of our lives that we are struggling to surrender to God? I am asking you the same question.  Do you need God to break the glass ceiling that you have placed on your  life and let Him show that there is more?! 

Praise + Prayer:
Father God,
I thank you that You are a good God. You are so trustworthy. Reveal to me the areas of my life that I’m still holding onto, the areas that I need to fully surrender to You. I repent of holding onto things that need to be released. I repent for not fully trusting You with my life. Transform me into a new person by changing the way I think. I can’t afford to have any thoughts in my mind that don’t line up with who you say I am. Help me learn to know Your will for my life, I know that it is good, pleasing and perfect!

Amen.

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