Renew your mind and be transformed so that you won’t conform to this world. But the world is like a strong suction/force that can easily suck us into its realm. Once you are sucked in, you become part of the system.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Rom 12:2).
Circumcise your heart. It’s a deep rooted step to establish a covenant with God from your heart. This is where your heart’s desire is only toward him. No other desire can take its place.
“Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no longer stubborn” (Deut 10:16).
Crucify the flesh. It has an insatiable desire to pull us away from our Lord. All other forces are external, and we can do battle with those. But how do you fight something within?
“And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires” (Gal 5:24).
The “flesh” is the old nature of sin that constantly pulls us away from God and his ways. Don’t fight it. Crucify it.
Renew, Circumcise, and crucify. There is no better way to deal with the world and the leanings of the heart.
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