JULY 1 - Romans 12:2 and Genesis 4:3-4

DAY 1 - Profiles and Promises
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

“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.”
Romans 12:2
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And in the process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering.”
Genesis 4:3-4
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There’s nothing worse than reading God’s word and forgetting it only moments later.
For the purpose of remembrance and rehearsal, I create and implement simple and childlike strategies that enforce God's word in me throughout the day.
This month my goal is to share not only God's word, but simple strategies that may ignite a creative "spark" in your own mind.
I will use "Day 1" as an example of a study method I'll be implementing over the next 31 days and walk you through my mind and study practice:
1) I ask God to supply me with a promise from His word to meditate on throughout the day.
This day’s promise happened to be
Romans 12:2.
The promise is mulled over in my mind but not yet illuminated well.
2) I ask God to attach a “profile” to the promise that might visibly waken it in me.
Cain and Abel come to mind (Genesis 4:1-15) and the story of the first two brothers is read.
The two passages begin to merge and meet and attach themselves to my mind in a wondrous way … and I see “faces.”
The word "conformed" sticks out to me in a pronounced way from our promise in
 Romans 12:2.
To be "conformed" means to come into compliance with a standard greater than our own; to subject ourselves to the molding of another.
Hmmm ...
Writing the word down ... I can almost see the "faces" of Cain and Abel etched into it.
 There are two “O’s” in the word “conformed.”
The first “O” has a C and an N on either side and Cain’s name is literally written into it. A sad face is sketched into Cain’s “O” because he is downcast and downright jealous of his younger brother's offering;
His offering did not conform to God's standard because his mind did not.
The second “O” has a F and an R on either side and Abel’s name is written into it: God is “FOR” Abel and pleased with his offering. Abel’s “O” has a smile sketched into it and his countenance speaks to health and peace with God;
His offering conformed to God's standard because his mind was subject to it.
Praise be to God for those whose minds are conformed by the mind of Christ and "do" what pleases Him.
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We are confronted, in today’s promise, with the reality of decision making and its effect on our relationship with the Lord.
We choose to either conform to the world or to the Word.
We choose to adapt a “Cain or an Abel” mentality which leads to a “Cain or an Abel” offering.
What we give to God of our time, money, energy, and resources suggests conformity to either the flesh or the Spirit; but Christ is only pleased with the latter.
When the mind and heart are immersed and submerged in God’s word in a deliberate, intentional, and daily manner ... blessing follows.
When the mind and heart run contrary to God's will ... emptiness follows.
Cain and Abel offer a contrast of conformity to the world or to God's word.
It is essential to note that conformity to God's word may have an unintended cost.
 Abel's sacrifice cost him his life ... but not his soul.
Abel's sacrifice and soul were preserved by God as a "profile of conformity" to His will and as a testimony of possible consequence and cost to those who follow Him.
Enable us, Lord, to be as Abel.
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O Lord,
 We long to know you more and become likened unto You in greater and growing ways. Transform our minds and conform our souls to Yours.
Let this day suggest a willingness to follow You.
Remove the compromise of the “world” from today’s decision-making and cause our conduct to be subject to Your word.
Remove the “Cain” from us and replenish us with the “Abel.”
Make us to be more like You.
Enable us to "bear the cross and its cost" in Your strength.
Amen.