Romans: Change the Way You Think

11 Week 11 Romans BannerMay 26: Change the Way You Think

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In Jesus’ very first sermon, He begins by saying, Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand (Matthew 3:2). The Greek word translated as repent in your English Bible is metanoia. In Greek, the word is best understood as a changing of the mind. In other words, Jesus taught that in order to really get to know God and to experience life transformation, you need to change the way you think. 

This truth is repeated in Romans 12:2, which reads, 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.

 This verse can be applied in countless ways. But one of the best ways to think through it is by answering these questions: 

  • What am I most seeking in life right now? (Peace, contentment, love, acceptance, control, other…?)
  • Where am I most looking for it? (In which behaviors and customs of this world am I looking for it?)
  • What steps must I take to change the way I think about this? 

READING & JOURNALING:

     ROMANS 12:1-2

Read Romans 12:1-2 with the aid of a good study bible, then walk through this exercise:

  • What am I most seeking in life right now? (Peace, contentment, love, acceptance, other…?)
  • Where am I most looking for it? (In which behaviors and customs of this world am I looking for it? From what other people say or think about me? From what I buy or have? Elsewhere?)
  • What steps must I take to change the way I think about this?

PRAYER:

Today, write out your own prayer to God, inviting Him to help you change the way you think and to discover what you’re seeking in Him.

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F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible through a year (September 2019 – August 2020). It is a separate reading from the daily devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.

Read: John 17

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