It is a natural urge to want to fit in or be accepted by those around us. We tend to look around and pursue the pursuits of those around us or use the strategies we see those around us put into play.
It’s so easy to become molded to the world’s thinking. Television programs subtly—and more and more often not so subtly—dishonor God. They present sinful behavior and lifestyles as normal—over and over again through the months and the years. Without realizing it, we can gradually begin accepting the sinful behavior as “normal.”
Other influences…friends, employers, books, movies, etc. can shape our thinking as well. One real danger has been introduced in the form of books and movies that claim to be Christian and use “Christian-ese” words, but in fact teach things that are totally unscriptural. Usually good teaching is mixed in with the deceptive teaching, drawing many Christians into accepting the whole because of some carefully placed Biblical truths. Jesus warned us to be careful—that even the elect could be deceived.
How can we avoid being drawn into the pull of the world’s influences? By letting God transform us into a new person by changing the way we see life, our circumstances, and what motivates us. Then our decision-making will be Godly and transformation will exponentially wash over us.
We will continue to transform our mind, will, intellect and emotions as we obey God’s Word. He transforms our minds as we pray, study His Word and make Godly choices.
Today, measure every influence in the light of God’s Word…and reject those that don’t line up. Quit watching the television program. Don’t read the book. Choose what is right over what is easy or popular. Be willing to take a stand. Don’t be “normal”. Be special in Him and for Him.
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Dear Father God, Open my eyes to the wrong influences in my life. Transform me into a new person by changing the way I think. Give me a deeper understanding of Your Word and help me live in obedience to Your will, making right choices even when they are difficult ones. I pray this and all prayers in the name of the One who never settled for normal, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children say – AMEN!
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but 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, which is good and pleasing and perfect.