Week Three Day Two - Devotion

29 Aug 2017
Debbie Austwick
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DON'T CONFORM

 

Read: Romans 12:1-2.

How often do you find yourself conforming to the patterns of this world? In the way you behave; in the way you think; in the things you value?

Often, we act inauthentically because we are afraid of what people will think of us. And so we don’t stand for the things we really value; we pretend to love things we don’t; we try to please everyone, but in the process become untrue to ourselves and to Jesus, who lives within us. By moulding ourselves to look like who we think the people around us want us to be, are we not conforming to the patterns of the world?

Take some time: - journal if it helps you:
• Think about where you have conformed to the world’s way of doing things. (It may be an action, an attitude or a way of thinking, speaking, joking)
• Think about why you have conformed in that area.
• Repent of this. (Which means not only to say sorry, but also to turn away from that thing)
• Think of how you can act differently in that zone this week.
• Commit to living authentically everyday. (Use the covenant below, if it helps)
• Pray that God would give you the strength to live up to this commitment.

To live authentically every day, I will covenant to:

* Never pretend to be anything I am not.
* Give up trying to please everyone to the point where I become untrue to myself.
• Pursue the courage to express what I truly value, enjoy and love, even if I think the person I am talking with will disapprove.
• Acknowledge it openly when I get something wrong, rather than giving in to the temptation to hide it.
• Add any extras you need to.

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