At Church, a couple of weeks ago, my pastor gave an absolutely wonderful message that really spoke to me, it was something I just really needed to hear. It was all about how we need to not conform to this world, and how there are countless things out there that will try to distract us from God. It was such a fantastic message, and I really wanted to share the same ideas with you guys!
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.
This is the verse that all of this is based on. A huge thing to remember though is that you cannot just read this verse once and you are forever cured of not being conformed to this world, you have to study this verse and the rest of the Bible every day in order for you to be able to stay strong in Christ. Otherwise, it is much easier for us to be tempted by worldly matters.
Our natural state as humans is to be sinners, we are all sinners, and the only way to be forgiven for all of our sins is to be saved (by believing that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins and that he rose again on the third day). Even for those of us that are saved though, we still live in this sinful world, and still, have the lusts of the flesh. We are constantly surrounded by stuff that goes against scripture, music, movies, books, conversations, all of these things are filled drugs, curse words, sex, and such. It makes me sad.
It happens to all of us, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life are things that Satan is using to keep our focus away from God. We have to make the choice every day to keep our eyes on God, and we have to remain strong to not conform to everything worldly surrounding us. Make sure to read the Bible daily, even if it is just for five minutes, the Word is guaranteed to work in you and make you stronger in the Lord. God’s plan for us is to be saved from sin and the present evil world because this world is temporal, but God is eternal. This is the reason that we should be transformed by the World of God, and not conformed to Satan's world.
God loves us more than anybody else is ever capable of, His gift to us is better than anything this world has to offer, remember that, and remind others of that too.
I hope you all have a day of Grace and transformation,