Think About Being Conformed 02-08-09

Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is  good and acceptable and perfect.

Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold, but let God remold your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all His demands and moves toward the goal of true maturity. Phillips

Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it, without even thinking. TM

Our culture is one which constantly markets misinformation and half-truths. You know the old saying if you say something loud enough and long enough, people begin to believe. And as a society we have become adjusted to certain things until we believe they are standards for living.
We have to be careful to not become so well adjusted to this worlds system that we fail to recognize truth from half-truth and even a bald faced lie. We can so fit in that we won’t even be bothered by our surroundings.

One of the main problems is to become so excuse oriented that the disciplined, sanctified life is excused away. Listed below are five examples of the lie's our society and even those the church has sometimes bought into.

1) The “I’m not responsible lie.”
I can’t help it, it’s just the way I am. The old blame game, blame heritage, parents, up-bringing, siblings, neighbors, co-workers, teachers, family pets, anyone and anything other than ourselves.

2) The “As-soon-as lie.”
When I have a certain position or a certain amount of money or a certain amount of education, I’ll be OK.   Always looking ahead to win the lottery, or inherit money, instead of sound financial judgment today.
As soon as aunt so-and-so dies, as soon as I win the lottery, as soon as I become the supervisor, as soon as I’m on my own. An "as-soon-as spirit" does nothing but breeds misery, frustration and discontent.

3) The “Mr. Right/Ms. Right Lie.”
There is a special person out there who will make me happy. Is there any thing wrong with wanting to be happy, no, but if our happiness is based on happenings that are connected with a Mr. Right it is wrong because happiness in a person will probably change over time? Thats because happiness is controlled by happenings.
We aren’t getting along, I’m not happy in this relationship. We don’t have a large nice house like others down the street, I’m not happy with this situation. So and so buys a new car every two years, I’m not happy because mine is eight years old.
When Christian couples begin to have marital problems, it can be traced back to one or both of them falling away from Christ. They have focused on the material world and not the spiritual blessing that comes from serving Christ. 
We need the joy of the Lord and the peace of God that only comes from knowing and serving Christ, not knowing and serving material things. Christ should be the center of our lives not things.“Thou will show me the path of life: In thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” Psalm 16:11

4) The “Playing God lie.”
I don’t see any harm in it. Who gave individuals the right or authority to write the rules of life? A person who tries to justify their sin by saying there’s no harm in their lifestyle is trying to play God.
The Word of God is our final authority, and that’s as final as it gets. We need to read it, accept it and act on it. “Thy Word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Psalm 119:11

5) The “I’m not alone lie.”
Everyone else is doing it. What about so and so they get away with it? But the truth is, no one gets away with anything! “Thus saith the Lord unto this people, thus have they loved to wander, they have not refrained their feet, therefore the Lord doth not accept them, He will now remember their iniquity and visit them.” Jeremiah 14:10  “The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 NAS

What are the lies behind the excuses that hold us back from fulfilling our God ordained destiny?
What lies keep us in spiritual bondage?
What lies keep us from receiving God fullness for our lives?

Whatever they are must be exposed to the truth of God’s word and eradicated from our hearts and minds through God’s sanctifying power and our willingness to change.

In Romans 12:2 Paul calls it the "renewing of the mind." To renew something means to make the old like brand splinter new.

Jesus said that when you know the truth, your old belief systems will be exposed to the truth, and you stand a chance to be free.

Free to follow the principles of Christ and not be conformed to this world. Amen.