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The lesson on March 7, 2010 was part 6 in this series and had the scripture reading in 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.”  It takes a lot of faith to say “this is good” when you are chasened with a bad event in your life.  Faith is the antidote to fear.  An antidote not only cures but prevents a person being affected by poison.  Fear is the poison promoted by the devil and scripture is the antidote.  The Lord showed us how to use the antidote when He was tempted by satan in the wilderness.  Misplaced faith is a dangerous thing!  The bible says have faith in God.  Some people today think faith is “positive thinking”.  The object of your faith means everything.  Faith in faith will not work because that is just faith in yourself.  You will let yourself down all the time.  In Romans 12, we see the bridge that covers the gap from fear to faith.  This passage shows how you put faith into action.  God commands us to do certain things and we need to be diligent about doing them.  In this passage, you want to get to the point where you can prove what is that good and acceptable will of God.  Before we can “prove” we must do two things first: present and renew!  If we don’t present ourselves, we won’t be able to ride the ride.  Learn to say “no” to the world so you won’t be conformed.  You also must renew you mind!  You renew your mind by the word of God.  Ephesians 4:17-24 KJV says “17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, 18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: 19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. 20 But ye have not so learned Christ; 21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”  This lesson continues the series.



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