"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." (Romans 12:2, NIV)
RECENTLY a student at a Christian university told his story in chapel. In his senior year of high school he started drinking and using marijuana. He chose to attend a Christian university, but he continued his use of drugs and alcohol. Once he was caught and nearly suspended, but was given another chance. Still he did not quit, often using drugs and alcohol on weekends. He knew he was sinning and thought often about quitting, but he still continued.
In his second year he finally "reached bottom." Lying in his dorm room, he confessed his sin to God and prayed that God would help him change. He followed the words of Peter to Simon, "Repent and pray." Before he had tried to change on his own power and had failed. Now he asked God to help.
From that moment his life was different. He left the drugs and alcohol and filled his life with good things. He got involved with his congregation, he shared his story and went on a mission trip. By truly repenting and asking God's forgiveness his life was transformed.
God offers His help to us all if we will repent and pray.
Lord, search us, cleanse us, change us. Through Christ. Amen.
- STAFFORD NORTH, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
A mighty Fortress is our God,