Submit to God’s will – Prayer for October 27. Praise the Lord everybody! As Christians, have you ever asked yourself why you are obedient? Or why you submitted to Gods will in the first place? When you think of prison you think of men and woman who had to be put away in order for them to be “reformed” or made to submit to the will and the law of the society. After a period of “training” they come out “reformed” The question is are you “reformed or are you “redeemed?” Why do you obey Christ?
Bible Verse for Today
“People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.” (2 Timothy 3: 3-5)
TO REFORM MEANS TO= To improve by alteration, correction of error, or removal of defects; put into a better form or condition: TO RE-FORM OR RESHAPE.
TO BE REDEEMED MEANS:
- To set free, as from slavery or kidnapping, by providing money or other compensation.
- To save (a person or soul) from a state of sinfulness and its consequences.
- To restore the honor, worth, or reputation of: You botched the last job but can redeem yourself on this one.
- To atone for (an error or mistake).
Think about prisons and reform schools where their goal is to change you through discipline and behavior modification. Your “insides” are still the same except now you are supposed to be able to control your behaviors and be obedient to the rules of society.
In the above scripture, Paul is not just talking about non-believers here, he is talking about Christians, people in the church who believe in their own minds that they are serving God, they may have given up certain behaviors but at the same time they involve themselves in other ungodly behaviors and have no feeling of a need to repent or seek deliverance. They are the “reformed” of the Lord.
The trials of life and or a personal crisis leads them to seek God, they are tired of the way they were living but they never truly embrace the Gospel so to speak. They attend church thinking that is enough to keep them and protect them.
The “redeemed” believer obeys out of a love for God, because of what He has done, and because of that loving obedience, He sends us the Holy Spirit to lead us, guide us and teach us and convict us when we sin.
So, ask yourself, “am I reformed” or “am I redeemed”. And if you find yourself on the reformed side ask God to show you what is missing from your relationship with him and the Holy spirit will guide you into a “redeemed” walk with him. God bless you all.
Submit to God’s Will Prayer for Today
Father God, we thank you that we are the redeemed of the Lord. Help us, Lord, to maintain an attitude of gratitude. Lord, keep us from becoming the reformed of the Lord, only being obedient because retraining or rehabilitation only. Help us to always remember who you are, and what you’ve done for us. We promise always submit to God’s will. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.