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“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life — your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life — and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. 2 Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” (Romans 12:1-2, The Message)

In connection with yesterday’s post, the alarm that is sounding in your life is breaking the cycle you have been in. Do you feel like you’ve been in a cycle? Are there things in your life that seem to keep repeating themselves and you can’t move beyond them? God is breaking that cycle in your life.

I was led to the passage above and I love The Message version of it. Take your ordinary life, take the ordinary, daily cycles or your life and place them before the Lord. Embrace what God wants to do in your life. Don’t become so well-adjusted to the culture around you that you fit into it without even thinking. God is calling you to stand out! Fix your attention on God. He wants to change you from the inside out. Readily recognize what He wants from you, and quickly respond to it. The culture around you drags you down to normal, God has called you to be beyond normal, He’s called you to be extraordinary and He wants to bring the best out of you and develop well-formed maturity in you.

Are you tired of the same old thing? Are you tired of going through the same old cycle? Respond to the sound of the alarm, fix your eyes on Him, and watch as God begins to shift some things in your life.

It’s time to break the cycle!

Author: Stephen Young

Stephen’s Gate is a weekly devotion that purposes to encourage people to live the victorious life God has called them to. Stephen grew up in a Christian home and was raised in Church. As a young boy he was very shy and never wanted to be the center of attention, however, he always had the desire to preach and minister to others. God called him into ministry in his late twenties and he has enjoyed every minute of it. Stephen previously served as an Assistant Pastor in Fort Fairfield, Maine before moving to Georgia. Stephen and Kristen have been married for 11 years and have two beautiful girls, Abigail and Sydney.

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