This is from Hearing from God Each Morning: 365 Daily Devotions (Faith Words) by Joyce Meyer
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.~Romans 8:29
According to this verse, on of God’s goals in our lives is to make us become like Jesus. He wants us to continue to become more like Jesus in our thoughts, in our words, in the way we treat other people, in our personal lives, and in our actions. Becoming like Jesus does not happen overnight; it’s a process we have to choose to embrace.
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.~Romans 12:1
This means we have to make a deliberate decision to give ourselves to God. God gave us free will, and the only way we will ever belong to Him completely is to give ourselves freely to Him. He will guide us, and prompt us but He will always leave the decision to surrender up to us.
God created human beings, not robots, and He will not try to program us to behave a certain way because He gave us the freedom to make our own choices–and H wants us to choose Him. He wants us to willingly put our lives before Him every day and say, “God, Your will be done, not mine.” That short, simple prayer is extremely powerful when we really mean it, and it represents the kind of full surrender God requires. If God has been speaking to you or dealing with you about anything, I encourage you not to put off surrendering it any longer. Choose to obey His voice and surrender today. Ask Him to be your Strength and remember that through Him you can do all things.
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