Renewing Your Mind
Are You Being Conformed or Transformed?
Our mind affects our whole person and to renew your mind means exactly what it says: to make new or strong again. Sometimes we have to restore, regenerate or start again. Transformation comes when you renew your mind. Once this happens, you find yourself no longer conforming to the pattern of this world but to the will of God. When thinking changes, behavior will also change. (Proverbs 23:7) Where the mind goes, the man will follow.
Beware of the Deceiver
Who is the god of this age? (2 Corinthians 4:4) It is Satan whose name means “adversary”. One of Satan’s Strategies is to attack our minds. He blinds people to God’s truth through the world system he has created. (Philippians 3:19) Without a godly influence, man left to him will follow that system. Why does he attack our minds? Well our thoughts are forerunners of both our words and actions. Our mind is a part of the image of God where He communicates with us and reveals his will to us.
Commit Your Mind
Self discipline in our thoughts is a critical element of renewing our minds. God has promised to help. (2 Tim 1:7) He gave us the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit is a renewing agent (2 Cor 3:17). We need to stay deeply and constantly connected to God. (John 16:13) So how can we do this?
1. Read your Bible
The renewing starts with reading and studying God’s Word. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly”. (Colossians 3:16) Commit to set your mind on God’s Word.
2. Meditate on it
To meditate means to think about it intently and at length. Memorizing verses and even sections of His truth is important. (Psalm 119:11) So think about and meditate on it.
Pray that the Holy Spirit opens your heart and mind to God’s Truths and ask God what it says, what it means and what it means to you.
4. Fill Your Mind with Profitable things
It is important to have church fellowship; there is power in a community. Listen to good sound Bible preaching, teaching and good gospel music. Weed out the unprofitable things.