October 27, 2009

Mind Renewal

Written by Boyd Bailey

Mind Renewal… “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will”. Romans 12:2

How do you keep your mind free from the clutter of conformity to the world? This is tricky because Satan’s scheme is to substitute truth with subtle half-truths and not so subtle blatant lies. There is a battle for your mind that never ceases. However heaven has equipped you to stand against the enemy’s deceptions. “Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil” (Ephesians 6:12, NLT).

“Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth…” (Ephesians 6:14a, NLT). We know without a belt on our clothing we are exposed to outside elements. It is the same in your spiritual life. You dress for success when you start out your day, clothed in the principals of Christ’s teaching. Lies grow limp when there is no entry point into your life. For example, you reject the fear of man and you trust in Christ. You accept the fact that, “No weapon formed against you shall prosper…” (Isaiah 54:17a). Truth triumphs over lies.

Reject the lie that you are not loved and accept the truth that God loves you unconditionally. Reject the lie that you have to defend yourself, and accept the truth that the Lord is your defender. Reject the lie that you have to make it happen, and accept the truth that Jesus is working on your behalf in His timing. Reject the lie you have nothing to give, and accept the truth that God has gifted you to serve in your unique way.

Mind renewal requires intentional acts of exposure to matters of eternity. This involves reading, learning, meditating on and memorizing Holy Scripture. Coupled with prayer you are able to transfer truth from the hothouse of your head to the playing field of your heart. The Holy Spirit marinates God’s word in solitude and reflection, so the outcomes become tender morsels you are able to consume by faith in obedience to Him.

Determine daily to dredge out the accusations of the world and refill your mind with the transforming truths of the Bible. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Philippians 4:8). Think on these things and you will begin to think and act like your Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. What are ways I can regularly renew my mind with God’s wisdom and insights?

Related Readings: Psalm 63:6; Zechariah 7:10; Mark 2:8; Romans 12:3

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Comments

  1. LaDonna Andrews says:

    I loved this and would like to know how to study the Word of God more effectively. I am currently doing a study on Hebrews and I am unsure about studying it aside from looking up words. Thanks for your teachings. 🙂

    1. The Wisdom Hunters Team says:

      Hi LaDonna,

      We are blessed to hear this! Boyd has written a “How to Study the Bible” Wisdom Hunter ‘How To’ here: https://www.wisdomhunters.com/wisdom-how-tos/ (It is the 3rd from the top)
      This should help in your Bible study. There are also other resources there for your use as well. Please let me know if we can help in any other way!

      We hope you have a blessed day and a happy 4th of July!
      Bethany


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