Pursuit of His Presence
Written by Kenneth Copeland
"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" (Rom. 12:2).
There was a time in my life when I made a decision that I was going to live by faith. I didn't know anything about faith at the time. I just made the decision that I was going to live by it because the Word of God said, "The just shall live by faith" (Heb. 10:38). From that time on, I had to begin making decisions based on the Word of God rather than on my circumstances.
But let me tell you something, I didn't just go charging into life expecting those decisions to come easily. I began to establish myself in what the Word says, so I'd know what to do when faced with a difficult situation.
I listened to teaching tapes on faith for hours upon hours, day after day. I meditated through situations in the Bible in my own prayer time. I'd think through what I was going to do if faced with those situations. Then sure enough, I'd go right out and run smack into exactly what I'd been meditating about just hours earlier.
When that happened, there wasn't any question about what to do. I just took the faith route. Why? The decision was already made in the time of meditation, prayer, and praise!
That's how I conquered the food problem I once had. I made a quality decision to put sugar out of my life. I could do it because I made the decision once and for all in a time of prayer and fasting.
From that decision on, I refused to consider my body. When someone would hand me a piece of pie and my body would say, Well, maybe we ought to think about this a moment, I'd just say, "You hush, body."
Certainly my flesh moaned and groaned for a while, but before long, it just lined up with my will and, of course, my faith. Now it doesn't bother me at all. You see, my faith took control of my flesh once I made that quality decision.
Look at the things in your life that you want to change. It may not be food, but if it is, waiting until they pass you the doughnuts to decide won't get you delivered. Making a quality decision ahead of time will ensure your success.
Speak the Word: I am not conformed to this world. I am transformed as I renew my mind. And I prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Rom. 12:2).
For Further Study: Romans 8:9-13
Daily Scripture Reading: Job 10-11; Revelation 4
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Eagle Mountain International Church, Inc.
aka: Kenneth Copeland Ministries