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4 Practical Ways to Not Conform to this World

4 Practical Ways to Not Conform to this World

by Toyosi Adegunle

Have you ever thought about how and why you seem to take on the culture of someone or a particular area as soon as you feel relaxed? Well, I have, because some of us are quick to adapt to behaviours, cultures as well as take on new values. Sometimes, it’s good, most times, it’s not.

Still in the same line of thought, living in a new country or environment can shapen your personality, behaviour or mindset. No matter how much you seem to blend in, you will not always be comfortable because it isn’t really home.

As a believer, one thing you need to pay close attention to is adaptability and conformity to seemingly "right" but wordly values and standards. By now, you should know that the devil always does the exact opposite of the word of God, hence his inspired-values are nowhere near God’s standards.

Romans 12:2 (‭NKJV‬‬). “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

Times are changing, new trends are coming up, you are moving around literally and contextually, you are meeting people of different mindset and values and you are constantly being exposed to several experiences, let none of these influence the standards of God in you.

Salvation made you a new creation, and the consciousness of this would guard you to discern the trends, values, and standards to take on. Your flesh - emotions and mind no longer control you, but the spirit of God now does. You are different from the world and its trends, values, and standards. Your presence and status as a believer now naturally evoke attention and can be a threat to some values and standards. Don’t be afraid to be different and stand out, God will strengthen you, don’t try to fit in if it’s not righteous.

Practical ways to not conform to the world

  • Renew your mind: Reading scripture daily and meditating on it is a great way to not conform to the world because by so doing, you feed your spirit and increase your strength to find the battle we constantly find ourselves in. Renew your mind with the word of God and your key identities in Christ.

  • Watch what you feed on and engage offline and online: Whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about and engage these things. Watch, listen to, and read things that are in line with this verse because it is the standard. (Philippians 4:8)

  • Say no to the desires of the flesh and yes to God’s desires: It is important to discipline your flesh until it becomes aligned with God’s standards. If you leave your flesh to rule you, you may stop recognizing the person you are in Christ. Be conscious that the flesh and the Spirit are consistently at war, be led consistently by the Spirit of God in you.

  • Form Godly Habits Around Spiritual Disciplines: Prioritize and take seriously prayer, fasting, studying the Word, and other spiritual disciplines found in scripture. Being disciplined is more than a one-time thing. It’s a way of life.
Be intentional about not conforming with the world and you can also influence the culture and standards around you well enough to build others up for the kingdom of God.

What are the areas that you are conforming to the world? How can you use the practical advice that you read today in your daily life?

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