The Decision That Can Save Your Life | Dr. David Jeremiah | Romans 12:1
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How many of you know that when you take a step in god’s direction, when he tells you what he wants you to do and you do it inevitably, he will demonstrate and affirm that in your life.
That has certainly been true in my life. Ultimately, you will love the will of God. Isn’t that true?
What is good and acceptable and perfect. How’s that to describe a good life? How’s your life going?
Well, let me tell you my life. My life is good and acceptable and perfect.
What are you doing, Jeremiah? I’m just living the will of god.
Here’s what I’ve learned over these years that god’s will for your life is more exciting, more challenging, more thrilling more fun than anything you could ever dream up in your best and most creative moment.
Because god is your creator. He is your maker.
He’s got your DNA all programmed into his master computer, and he knows when you get locked into that circuit, you are on your way to the most exciting and thrilling thing god could ever do in a person’s life.
In this world, as long as we’re on this earth, we will have tribulation.
We’ll have problems. If we misplace our trust and don’t put our trust in god, we’re gonna be disappointed.
God hasn’t forgotten us. He doesn’t take a nap. He doesn’t turn away. He doesn’t slumber or sleep.
So this is in his control. I think it’s Genesis 50, said this. Don’t worry about it.
You meant it for evil. But god meant it for good.
That’s how we have to look at what’s going on in the world today.
So it’s really important to make sure you maintain your trust in God and in him alone and know that if you do that, he will never forsake you, he will never disappoint you, He never outpromises himself.
Real courage is getting up every day, living your life for the lord Jesus Christ, in spite of all that’s going on, knowing he’s in control and that your life has a purpose.
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On today’s program, we will consider the most important decision each man or woman on earth, must make.
At some point in their life.
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I never thought I’d see the day when marriage was thought to be obsolete by so many people.
I never thought I’d see the day when the Bible was marginalized in our culture, in our government, but more tragic than all in our churches I never thought I’d see the day when atheist would be so angry.
So everywhere I go, people ask me this question, Doctor. Jeremiah, I’m a follower of Jesus Christ.
How am I supposed to make this work in this paradigm in which we’re living how am I supposed to live for Jesus Christ when everything around me seems to be disintegrating?
And even sometimes my own church doesn’t stand up for the things that I’ve always believed.
And I have been forced to answer that question because I’ve raised the issues.
And I was reminded when that question kept surfacing of a passage of scripture that I heard preached since I was a young person.
A passage that was written to another generation of people who were living in a very similar time Paul wrote these words to his Roman Christians who were living in the Roman empire when the Roman empire was extremely hostile toward Christianity.
After teaching in his letter, the doctrines of the faith, adding explaining the place of Israel in god’s plan, he began the second half of his book with these familiar words from Romans 12.
I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of god that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy acceptable to god, which is your reasonable service and do not be conformed to this world.
But be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of god.
If I could have asked the lord to send me an answer to the question, what must I do in the midst of this confusing time there could be no clearer answer than these 2 verses.
For here in Romans 12, we are given some marching orders some instructions, if you will.
First of all, we are told that we must make a radical decision.
He begins by helping us understand that this is a crucial decision.
He says, I beseech you, therefore, brethren. In other words, I beg you.
One author has said, I put my arm around you, and I urge you to make this radical decision to present yourselves to god.
And this is one of Paul’s favorite expressions when he wants to make something come through as vitally important.
What he is saying is this, as you look back over your lives as Christians and the mercy and the kindness that God has shown to you, It is time for you now to step forward and be counted for your faith.
I urge you to make a radical decision. The secular world, according to J. I.
Packer, never understands the Christian motivation.
Faced with the question of what makes Christians tick unbelievers maintain that Christianity is just the practice of self serving purposes.
They can’t comprehend that we might love our god so much, that we are willing to put ourselves in his hands.
But that’s what Paul has asked us to do.
We can stand around and argue about all the things that are going wrong in our world and in our nation, but really before we can worry about all of that, maybe we need to take a good look at ourselves.
The Bible says that if we’re going to make it through this confusing time, we have to start with a radical decision on our own interest to bring your offering to the lord.
And it’s a picture of old testament sacrifices where they would bring their sacrificial offering in their hands and present it to god.
Paul uses that and he says, I want you to take yourselves, and I want you to present yourselves to god.
When he speaks of our bodies, he’s not talking about just skin and bones.
He’s talking about the totality of who we are.
He’s talking about coming to the lord and saying, I don’t know what’s going on out there in this world.
I don’t know how I’m gonna get through it, but, lord, the only way I’m gonna get through it is if I am totally in your control, and it’s your command.
So I present my body totally to you for you to take control of my life.
This decision is also very costly, This is not for wimps.
This is not a walk in the park, my friends. This is not easy believism. Notice what he says.
A living sacrifice. You say, well, Doctor. Jeremiah, that’s a misnomer. That’s a disconnect.
That’s an oxymoron. Sacrifices don’t live, they die.
In the Old Testament sacrifices were dead animals. But in the new testament, sacrifices are living believers.
And god says, just as that animal was totally consumed because of its worship to the lord, we are to be consumed by our commitment to Jesus Christ.
And I am passionate about this because I realized we are in a very vulnerable place as a nation and in our churches.
If we continue down the road of just trying to be Christian enough so that we can get counted on the role we are going to be victimized by the culture in which we live.
It’s a crucial decision. It’s a comprehensive one. It’s a costly one.
And the Bible says it’s a creative decision.
It says, we’re to do this so that we can serve the lord. What are you doing for the lord?
What are you doing right now? You say, well, I’m waiting for god to show me his will.
No, you will never find it that way. Do the will that he has called you to do right now.
It may be a simple thing.
It may be something you think is insignificant, but if you will do what god tells you to do today, he will open up the entire vista of your tomorrow’s and you will be in the will of god.
And then the Bible tells us that this is also a very credible decision.
I love the way the scripture just unfolds this.
It says, when you come to the lord and you present yourself to him like this, it says, this is logical.
This is credible. It’s your reasonable service. Say that with me. It’s your reasonable service.
And you know, the word reasonable in the language of the new testament is almost exactly the word logical.
That’s the word. It’s logical to present your body to the lord Jesus Christ.
It’s logical to make this radical decision.
Have you said to the lord, lord, everything I am and everything I hope ever to be, I give it to you.
If you want to have one foot on one side of the fence, and one foot on the other side of the fence, you want to be a Christian over here, but live in the culture over here, you are in for a very discouraging and defeating experience it is not possible to 12, make a rational determination.
Notice what it says in verse 2, and do not be conformed to this world.
Let me explain to you what that means. There are two words in this text.
One is conformed and the other is transformed.
Conformed means that you are allowing the world to pressure you into being like they are.
Isn’t it interesting men and women?
What we tolerate today that we would never have tolerated in another time in our lives. How does that happen?
That happens because We allow the world around us to squeeze us into its mold.
Kenneth Weiss, who is a wonderful teacher of the Greek language puts phrase this way.
Stop assuming an outward expression, which is patterned after this world an expression which does not come from who you are in your inner being.
If we are not careful in order that we might fit in, and that we might not look odd to those around us.
And so that we will be accepted by our peers, we allow ourselves a lot of latitude in what it really means to be a deeply committed Christian.
The Bible says, in order for us to get through this situation that we’re in, we have to determine in our minds that we are not going to let the world push us into their way of doing things.
That’s something that happens up here. That’s where this battle is fought.
So first of all, we have to make a radical decision, don’t we?
We have to determine that we’re going to put our lives in the hands of god with no reservations.
Then we have to make this determination, first of all, that we won’t be conformed, but that we will be transformed.
Let me tell you the difference between conformed and transformed.
Conformed is from the outside in and transformed is from the inside out.
If you want to keep from being conformed to the world, you have to take care of the inner space of your life.
This all begins with a radical decision. This radical decision is I’m presenting my body to the lord.
It continues with a rational determination. I will not be conformed. I will be transformed.
And that’s all good theology, and it’s good to know, but now we get down to where the rubber meets the road and how this affects you and me and what this means to us.
We come thirdly to this rigorous discipline.
How many of you know that discipline is a word that’s falling out of our vocabulary?
Nobody likes that word. But notice what it says by the renewing of your mind.
You are transformed by or you follow it through to its meaning in the text of the language of the new testament, you will discover that the word renewal means renovation.
That’s what it means. We made an understand renewal, but we do understand renovation.
How many of you’ve ever renovated a house? When you renovate a house, what do you do?
You take out all the old stuff, and you replace it with some new stuff, right?
Usually, you buy the new stuff before you get rid of the old stuff.
And you have the new stuff ready so that on this particular day, when everything’s done in the paint, on, in the carpets there, you take out all the old stuff and you get rid of it and you bring in the new stuff, you renovate your house.
And this is what happens when we have our minds renewed.
We take all the stuff that previously occupied our minds, and we replace it with that, which is in line with god’s plan for our lives.
Now, here’s what happens. Here’s how the renewal process works. First of all, there are 2 agents involved.
There’s the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. The holy spirit we are told is a renewing agent.
Titus 35 says, not by works of righteousness, which we have done But according to his mercy, he saved us through the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Spirit.
Ladies and gentlemen, you cannot become a Christian without the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. It’s impossible.
You say, well, I don’t you may not have known that was happening, but everyone is a Christian, is a Christian because of 2 things, the word of god and the Holy Spirit.
And get this. You cannot be renewed in your mind without the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
In fact, in the new testament, you keep running into the theme.
Ephesians 4 23 says, renewed in the spirit of our minds.
The word of god is taken in by listening to the word of god.
And when we do that, the word of god gets into our system, and it begins to renew us.
2 agents, the holy spirit, and the word of god. And 2 actions.
There’s an outside inaction and an inside out action. What’s the outside in action? Well, we’ve talked about that.
That’s the word of god coming from the outside into your system.
Now, the word of god is coming into your life, and that’s the outside in action.
But what about the inside out action Well, that’s important too. There’s an inside out action.
And let me say it this way.
If you take the word of god in and you’re not prepared in your heart to receive it, If god has not done a work to plow up the hard soil of your soul so that it’s willing to accept the word of god, then nothing will happen.
But I want to express to you that the Bible is going to do this.
And if you allow god to give you a submissive attitude toward his word, that outside action of his word will come in, and it will stir you up inside until you become a new person.
What is it? The Bible says, Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature.
All things are passing away behold all things are becoming new.
If we allow this to happen, if we make this radical decision and this rational determination and adopt this rigorous discipline there will be some routine demonstration in our lives.
Notice what it says. If we do this, We will prove what is the acceptable and good and perfect will of god.
How do you prove what is the acceptable and perfect will of god?
It’s not done in a vacuum. You do that by the renewing of your mind.
By the teaching of the word of god and and the processing of the word of god in your heart.
And as you do that, and it becomes a process, you begin to understand what is the will of god for your life.
Did you know that if we want to know the will of god, that he will show us what that will is?
Whoever wants to know, you know, why we don’t know the will of god because we’re afraid of what that will of god is going to be, then we might have to do it.
Right? I remember as a young man, I didn’t want to give my life completely to the lord because I was absolutely certain I’d end up in Africa as a missionary.
You know, that’s what I always thought, and I didn’t want to go to Africa.
That’s a long way from home. But I want to tell you something.
When you stay in the word of god and you ask god to help you be faithful in doing that, you will come to the conclusion that you will just know in your heart what the will of God is.
You will learn the will of God. But it gets better.
After you learn the will of god, you’ll start to live the will of god.
It says that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of How do you prove it?
You live it? You do it.
How many of you know that when you take a step in god’s direction, when he tells you what he wants you to do and you do it, inevitably, he will demonstrate and affirm that in your life.
That has certainly been true in my life. Ultimately, you will love the world god. Isn’t that true?
What is good and acceptable and perfect? How’s that to describe a good life? How’s your life going?
Well, let me tell you my life. My life is good and acceptable and perfect.
What are you doing, Jeremiah? I’m just living the will of God.
Here’s what I’ve learned over these years that god’s will for your life is more exciting more challenging, more thrilling, more fun than anything you could ever dream up in your best and most creative moment because god is your creator.
He is your maker He’s got your DNA all programmed into his master computer, and he knows when you get locked into that circuit, you are on your way to the most exciting and thrilling things god could ever do in a person’s life.
That if we don’t get back to that understanding of how the Christian life works, we are going to continue to be pressured from the outside and to being the weakest example of the church of Jesus Christ.
Think about where you are have you allowed the world to press you into its mold?
Have you given up some of your commitments in order to be accepted by your peers?
Have you moved down the road away from the things of the lord instead of toward them?
Here’s something I’ve learned in the few months just from a study of the book of Hebrews. Listen to this.
Nobody drifts toward holiness. Nobody. We drift away from holiness.
To be holy, we have to be proactive in our own lives and determine This is what god has said to me, and this I will do.
If we did that, we would turn this whole community upside down.
If we became Christians, not just in name only, but by the grace of god, everything god wants us to do, If next Sunday, we went to our pastor, and we said, this week, god spoke to my heart, and I wanna give god everything there is of me to give, show me how I can help.
After he faints and gets up off the floor, he will put you to work, and you will decide that this is something you should have done a long time ago.
Let’s quit complaining about all the problems we have.
Let’s be knowledgeable about them, but then let’s say, lord, god, thank you for trusting me.
Put putting me down in this generation to serve you by the grace of god. That’s what I’m gonna do.
Amen? And you wonder, well, I’m not even a Christian pastor.
What do I do? Well, the first thing you do is you become a Christian.
First thing you do is you give up you give up the things that have been so disappointing to you, because I know this, till you know Jesus Christ, you don’t know what joy in life is.
If you keep chasing all those things you’re chasing to try to find happiness, you’ll never find it because you see, god created you with a god shaped vacuum right about here, And until god is at home in that place, you will never be fulfilled.
Stuff section there, stuff drink in there, stuff dope in there, stuff, whatever you want to in there, it will always leave you empty.
But when you find Jesus Christ as your personal savior and he comes to live within your heart, Then you are a fulfilled person.
Doctor Jeremiah will return to close today’s program right after this.
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Contact turning point today. And now, with one last word for today’s program, Here is Doctor Jeremiah.
You’ve just heard some of the most important words in the new testament.
Paul’s admonition to present yourself as a living sacrifice to god. But you may also have heard this.
The problem with living sacrifices is they keep crawling off the altar. And that’s true. But god understands.
He welcomes every commitment we make to him. But commitment to god begins with a faith commitment Jesus Christ.
So I hope you have committed your life to Christ as your lord and savior.
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Jesus Christ overcame death. One day he’s gonna come back here.
There’s gonna be a out in a trumpet, and the dead in Christ shall rise first.
All of those who have died and their bodies have gone in the grave just are gonna be resurrected to life just like Jesus was.
How do we know that? Because Jesus did it first, and he said it’s the down payment on all the rest.
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