Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect His will really is.
Can anything happen without the Lord's permission?
No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.
Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God's right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.
Lord, it's so cool that we were talking about keeping our thoughts on heaven just last night. Then this morning these are the verses I was assigned to read. You are so amazing Lord! I love how you work these things out. I love how you speak to me through your Word.
It's also cool how you call it "the realities of heaven". We tend to think of heaven as something yet to be...not quite real yet. But it is already real and we will get to live there for all eternity if we know and follow you! Please help me to think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. In Jesus Name, Amen