I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith (Romans 12:1-3).
Today's Morsel: When I was in the military and we had a service member who had a problem with alcohol and drugs, or a problem that rendered them ineffective, we would send them to the rehabilitation center in hopes to have them rehabilitated and get them back on track and become good soldiers. But what I found with most soldiers was that the majority of them were never rehabilitated because they never changed their thinking after the classes, and oftenthey were placed back into the environment that caused them the problem in the first place. Therefore, I have now concluded that people who have problem with drugs, alcohol, pornography, and any other problem cannot really be rehabilitated without a total transformation. When one is transformed, he is completely changed, his mind and thinking are renewed. As scripture says, "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he" (Proverbs 23:7). The apostle Paul said that we should not conform to the world but that we should be transformed by renewing of our mind. When one's mind is made up, chances are he will follow through. So get your mind made up and keep it on Jesus and you body will follow.
Sing: I've been changed, I am new born now, all my life has been rearranged; what a difference it made when the Lord came to stay, in my heart, oh yes, I've been changed.