Proving God’s at Work in You


NAU Romans 12:1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

NIV Romans 12:1 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. 2 Do not conform any longer 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.

KJV Romans 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. 2 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.

Do you want confirmation that God is at work in you? Then stop being conformed by the values of the age we are living in, and let your minds be transformed by the Words of God found in the Bible! It’s simple! That is what Paul is saying at the end of verse 2. The highlighted phrase could be translated ‘for the purpose of proving your genuineness through testing! The word ‘prove’ in the Greek is dokimazo and means to be certified as genuine; to be tested and found worthy, therefore, to be approved.

This gives us a perspective on trials or tests in our life. Rather than being ‘signs’ that God is against us (as some health/wealth/prosperity speakers would have us believe), trials or tests in the hands of God are tools of refinement demonstrating to us and those around us of our genuineness as God’s possession!

So you have a trial in your life. If you are saturating your mind with God’s Word, you are being transformed to looking at life according to His will (rather than being conformed by the thinking of the age in which we are living). This transformed mind from God and His Word encourages us to handle the trial as His Word directs us. When we choose to handle the ‘trial’ as His Word teaches us, we are proving ourselves genuine followers of God!

And when we fail to follow His will in trials, are we not His children? Not necessarily. Remember, His children are those who first acknowledge their need of His Son and His work on the cross. If this is lacking then, we are not His. But if we do acknowledge our need of Jesus and His work on the cross, and fail in the trial, God’s Word provides the encouragement we need at our time of need – NIV 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.!

One other thought as we close out the week on trials proving the genuineness of our faith. We often think of trials as insurmountable problems in our life. However, God looks at them differently. 1 Corinthians 10:13 tells us that trials (translated temptation in the English but the Greek word means either trial or temptation) are controlled by God and He will not ‘push’ us beyond our capacity to endure.

NAU 1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it


1 Response to “Proving God’s at Work in You”

  1. 1 Dad February 16, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Hal, Your daily scripture helps keep me focused on God’s love for me and all of us and our need to ask him to always let us be mindful of his presence. Love, Dad

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