Forty Days of Preparation Daily Devotions
I Present My Body a Living Sacrifice
Rom 12:1 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.
Being willing to die for God is a great attribute of martyrs. However we must be willing to die to ourselves and live sacrificially for God. Today, make a decision to present your body to God as a living sacrifice. To live sacrificially for God you must:
A. Presenting Your Body as a Living Sacrifice.
4. Taking Up the Cross Daily
Acts 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
Phil 1:20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.
B. Make Holiness a Lifestyle.
1. Repent of the Old Life of Sin.
1 Cor 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
2. Follow the Lord's Pattern of Holiness
1 Peter 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
3. Purpose to Live in Peace Even at a Personal Sacrifice.
Heb 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
C. Live a Life Acceptable Unto God.
1. Let Your Words and Thoughts Be Acceptable
Ps 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
2. Prayer is an Acceptable Sacrifice
1 Tim 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
3. Praise and Worship are Acceptable Sacrifices.
1 Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
4. Patiently Enduring Testing and Trials is an Acceptable Sacrifice.
1 Peter 2:20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
D. Reasonable Service
1. Love is a Reasonable Service.
John 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
2. Forgiveness is a Reasonable Service.
Eph 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
Matt 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
3. I Am Not My Own
1 Cor 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
Sample Prayer: Father, in the Name of Jesus, I present my body to you as a living sacrifice. I purpose to live holy and upright before you as I commit to serving in your kingdom. I commit to walking in love and forgiveness. I start this day thanking, praising and worshipping you. I am yours Lord. Amen
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