Acts 16:27-31 – “But Paul cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here!” 29 And he called for lights and rushed in and, trembling with fear, he fell down before Paul and Silas, 30 and after he brought them out, he said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved, you and your household.” NASB
We discussed the first two R’s of Christianity in the last devotional. The R of Repentance and the R of Resistance. Those we called steps one and two and now we move to step three the third R of Christianity.
THE THIRD R – – RENEWAL.
There must be the continual and regular renewal of our hearts, minds, and souls in God. That is emphasized in the words of Isaiah as he declares in Isaiah 40:31 – “Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.”
There is the possibility of being conformed to the world or transformed to God as Paul details in Romans 12:2 saying, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Just as our automobiles require fuel, we must have a fresh touch of God upon our lives to live for Him. We need His spiritual nourishment to give us the sustenance, strength, and ability to walk uprightly before Him.
We must Repent of our sins to receive His forgiveness. We must Resist the devil for him to flee from us. We must be Renewed daily to have the strength and ability to stand uprightly before God and manifest Him to the world. Those three R’s are vital to our living a full and productive Christian life.
- Repentance is Required for Forgiveness.
- Resistance is Required for us to overcome the devil and temptation.
- Renewal is Required for us to become the mature Christians that God desires.
The question I would ask in a meeting would be, “Have you taken the first step?” Then I would ask, “Are you resisting?” Then, I would remind everyone that it is God’s desire to renew us in the Spirit of our minds and transform our hearts. He wants to make us like Jesus in the sense that we have Jesus living His life through us and manifesting Himself in us. We are truly the only Bible that some will ever read.
Whatever we need He is. He is the Great I AM! He is whatever we need. If we need forgiveness, repentance is the first step to peace. If we have received forgiveness, resistance is required and He provides strength for the struggle and endurance for the journey. If we have received forgiveness and are resisting, He is there to renew us day by day and give us the grace and peace to continue the journey.
May the LORD bless and keep you, guard, and guide you, and give you peace! God bless you!