Monday, May 31, 2010

Bible Challenge Answers and Living Sacrifice



Good Evening to All!

The Answers to the Bible Challenge on "Famous Phrases" are as follows:

1. c) watchmen (Isaiah 52:8)
2. b) before the great flood ( Genesis 6:4)
3. d) Job (Job 19:20)
4. c) Abraham (Genesis 15:15)
5. d) the Gospels, concerning the accusation that Jesus was devil-ridden. (Mark 3:22-25)
6. a) the Pharisees and scribes. (Luke 15:1-7)
7. c) they all "gave up the ghost" (Acts 5:5, 10: 12:20-23)
8. d) Paul (1 Corinthians 5:3)
9. a) Ezekiel (Ezekiel 18:2
10. b) Jacob and his sons ( Genesis 45:18)

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For from Christ and through Christ and to Christ are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God---this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any long to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 11:36-12:2

11:36--The reference for this verse from the NKJV point of view is that God is the source, means, and end of all things. He is the Creator, Sustain, and the goal of everything. Therefore He should be praised and glorified forever. 12:1 Most of this verse is self-explanatory, but just to clarify certain parts, based on God's mercy Paul urges believers to present their bodies as a living sacrifice and use their bodies to serve and obey God. This is more than a contrast with a dead animal sacrifice, it is "newness of life" (6:4) . Holy means to set apart for God's use.

12:2
--Conformed means "to form" or "mold".World is the normal word for "age or "era". Instead of being molded by the values of this world, the believer should be transformed, that is changed by the renewing of the mind. Spiritual transformation starts in the mind and heart. A mind dedicated to the world and its concerns will produce a life tossed back and forth by the currents of culture, but a mind dedicated to God's truth will produce a life that can stand the test of time. We can resist the temptations of our culture by meditating on God's truth and letting the Holy Spirit guide and shape our thoughts and behaviors this world, the believer should be transformed, that is changed by the renewing of the mind. Spiritual transformation starts in the mind and heart. A mind dedicated to the world and its concerns will produce a life tossed back and forth by the currents of culture, but a mind dedicated to God's truth will produce a life that can stand the test of time. We can resist the temptations of our culture by meditating on God's truth and letting the Holy Spirit guide and shape our thoughts and behaviors.

The pictures above depict different ways of sacrificing to God, through leaping for joy and singing. Of course any way we " step out of our comfort zone to praise or please God that is a sacrifice. Other ways we sacrifice are the "no-brainers like not defiling our bodies by causing deliberate harm by smoking or drinking. Piercings, tattoos and that sort of thing are also considered defiling according to the Bible. In other words, anything that God did not endow us with. I'm not saying those who do these things won't go to heaven, I'm just saying they do not please God according to His word. Other sacrifices are such as going to church when we really would rather be doing something else, giving tithes and offerings when we would rather spend our money on other things and so on. As I said, anything that would go against what our flesh is telling us to do. In case you are wondering where I get this information from, please leave me a comment and your e-mail address, or if you don't want to leave the e-address, I can just leave the scripture in your comment section on your blog. I welcome any and all comments, because questions by others cause me to do more research and I love doing research about the scriptures.

Good Night to All and May God Bless!



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