And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Rom. 12:2 NAS).
Renewing our minds by the Word of God is God’s path to producing real and lasting change in our lives, both spiritually and physically. There are few things that have baffled humanity quite as much as the secret to changing our lives. If there were a pill that could change a person, then governments would pay trillions of dollars to get that pill, rather than construct more sophisticated jails and prisons for delinquents!
The scripture above talks about transformation that comes by renewing our minds. To renew the mind is not the same as simply changing the way you think. It will ultimately manifest in the way you think, but it is deeper than that. Renewing the mind is a complete makeover of a man’s heart through the Word of God after he is born again. At conversion, a new heart (spirit) is given to us. God then wants us to transform our souls by the operation of His Word in our spirits. The renewed mind is the palpable and tangible effect of the Word on our spirits. The mind describes the functional state of your spirit and controls your outward behavior. You do not renew your mind by simply changing the way you think. You do so by meditating on the Word to get it into your heart (spirit) and then acting upon it so that it may take root in you.
Renewing the mind begins with taking the Word into your innermost being. Mutter and ponder the scripture above.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you renew your mind every day.
ACT ON THE WORD!
You cannot change a person by modifying their behavior. Sadly enough, this has been the experience of many believers in churches. It does not last long before “reality” steps in with frustration. Any lasting change must occur from within. As you get His Word into your heart and DO what it says, it transform will your life. This is not just positive thinking; it’s God’s will for us. Begin renewing your mind daily in the Word!
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