Summer Bible Study: Romans // Chapter 12!

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“Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with sisterly love…”

Is anyone else just absolutely raving about this chapter!? If you are seeking life-altering, heart-changing truths, please dive into Romans 12. If you haven’t read it yet, you can check it out here! But seriously, you are going to want to read it.  God has used Romans 12 just this week to totally change the way I think about my life in the day-to-day. If this is your first time reading one of our Roman Reviews, I’m genuinely so glad that you are here! It’s never too late for you to join us! You arrived on the perfect day. God definitely wants to speak to you today. There is so much truth in Romans 12 that it would take days to go through everything that is packed into this one chapter. I’m only going to share the main things that God brought to my attention that I need to focus on and then it’s your turn to share what God is speaking to or teaching you about in Romans 12!  Okay, I’m going to stop rambling so that we can jump right in!

——-Romans 12:1-2——-

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Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

+ The first thing that sticks out at me and totally grabs my heart is Paul’s urge to His fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to be a living sacrifice. What does this mean? To be a living sacrifice is to be willing, open, & selfless for God. It’s not withholding anything for Him to use. It’s a life that knows it is not it’s own. Your hands and heart are wide open, not clinched shut, in His presence. You intentionally choose God’s ways over your own. You have no agenda but to be used for God’s glory and fame. It’s selflessness. To be a living sacrifice is literally offering your entire life up to God. This poses these questions in my heart…. {I hope that you can ask yourself these same questions}

Ask yourself: How am I choosing to be a living sacrifice in this life? For God? In my marriage? In my friendships? In my family?

+ “Do not conform to the pattern of this world” —This “world” that Paul is referring to is the people who do not follow Jesus and believe in Him as Savior and Lord over their life. It is the sinfulness in this broken world.

Am I following the world’s ways? Does my life look more like Christ’s or the world’s? Do the things I do on a day-to-day basis glorify God or do they glorify this world?

+ “but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. THEN you will be able to know God’s perfect will” We are transformed, from the inside out, by renewing our minds EVERY SINGLE DAY. What does this look like? It’s being in God’s Word and studying it, soaking it in, eating it up. It’s worshipping in spirit and in truth. It’s being in a constant, intimate relationship with God day-to-day. When we are taking in His Word {the Bible}, we start to transform. It’s like eating. We NEED food to grow and be healthy, strong. The more we eat nutritional food, we change, we grow. It’s the same with our relationship with God. The more we take in our daily bread, the more we will look like Jesus. Our troubled minds will start transforming into a mind that is like Jesus’. I can’t go more than a few hours without eating otherwise I start to get tired, weak, weary, and just plain sick.

Ask yourself: Am I full on God’s Word or am I starving myself? Am I intentionally seeking God? Am I in His Word every day? Am I in prayer, just enjoying and praising Him, getting to know Him? Am I drawing closer to God or am I doing my own thing, not growing or transforming?

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What stuck out to you the most? What is God calling you to change or grow in? Comment below so that we can be praying for each other!

You are loved!

-Katie

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6 thoughts on “Summer Bible Study: Romans // Chapter 12!

  1. My love for this chapter is through the roof and yet I’ve only truly studied in depth the first few verses. Your food analogy is so perfect. Ever since I’ve been striving to get into the Word each day, I am feeling stronger and stronger with every day that passes. It’s as if I’ve cleaned out my pantry of all the junk food and now stocking it with the pure, wholesome, organic “juices” of the Holy Spirit. Love you friend!

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