Devotion for October 19, 2023

“Do not conform any longer 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.” (Romans 12:2)

How can you know God’s will for your life? Paul answers, “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” (v. 2, NLT). The word “transform” means “to change in shape”. How is a diamond formed? It’s the result of unrelenting pressure over a long period of time. Your life’s experiences will point you towards your life’s purpose. God never wastes a pain! The psalmist said, “I used to wander off until you disciplined me; but now I closely follow your word … My suffering was good for me, for it taught me to pay attention to your decrees” (Psalm 119:67, 71). How do we learn to do what’s right? By experiencing the pain of doing what’s wrong.

You say, “But others have mistreated me. Is that also part of God’s will for my life?” It could be. Paul writes, “My imprisonment here has had the opposite of its intended effect. Instead of being squelched, the Message has actually prospered” (Philippians 1:12). Then he adds: “Everything happening to me in this jail only serves to make Christ more accurately known, regardless of whether I live or die. They didn’t shut me up; they gave me a platform! Alive, I’m Christ’s messenger; dead, I’m his prize. Life versus even more life! I can’t lose” (Philippians 1:20-21).

The reverse side of a tapestry looks like a tangled mess of threads. But that’s what it takes to produce a picture of beauty, order, and value. Getting the idea? Re-examine your life’s experiences.


Heavenly Father, help me remember all of the experiences of my life You can use for my next assignment/chapter. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike

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