The Old Grey Mare! 11/22/15
Romans 12:1-2 (KJV)
1 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.
2 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.
SOMETIMES, the wizened old preacher said:
You MUST grab YOURSELF by the back of the neck and throw YOURSELF down on the Alter!!!!!!"
OR, as I preached last week:
A BOAT IS NOT SUNK BY THE WATER AROUND IT, BUT BY THE WATER ALLOWED IN IT!"
YE present YOUR bodies A LIVING SACRIFICE!"
MANY people are NOT like YOU!!
YOU/ME think other people think and act like US!!
Then WE only find disappointment when the truth emerges and THEY do NOT think/act like US.
That is when WE must "NOT be CONFORMED to THIS world, BUT be YE transformed by the RENEWING of YOUR mind!!!!!"
Oftentimes OUR minds NEED a "RENEWING/RENOVATION!"
Strong's Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary.
A "RENEWING/RENOVATION" is messy work.
A "RENEWING/RENOVATION," by its very definition, requires a tearing down of the old BEFORE the "renewing."
THE OLD MAN MUST DIE!!!
2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
The following Verse is easy on the eyes to read, but HARD to live:
Philippians 4:8 (KJV)
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
SOMETIMES WE NEED TO PRAY:
The Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him Forever in the next. Amen.
In this "season of Thanksgiving," few have everything they want.
In all of OUR lives, there are "things I/We cannot change!!!"
Things that will NEVER be the same!!!!
WE MUST "FORGET those things which are behind," AND "reach forth unto those things which are BEFORE" US!!!"
Philippians 3:13 (KJV)
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
AM I ONLY PREACHING TO MYSELF??????
WE MUST "PRESS TOWARD THE MARK FOR THE PRIZE OF THE HIGH CALLING OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS!"
Philippians 3:14 (KJV)
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
WE cannot obtain the NEW if WE continue to hold on to the past!!!
The OLD grey mare she ain't what she used to be!!!
AIN'T THAT A FACT!!
GOD BLESS YOU!
HAVE A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING!!
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