The need and power of a Renewed Mind - Romans 12:1-2
Oct 25, 2020 | by Michael Carter
The need and Power of a Renewed Mind - Romans 12:1-2
One of the most important and powerful components in our lives is our thinking.
Our mind lives in our souls. It is the go between and the governor of our bodies and our spirits Romans 7:18-25. It matters not if what we are thinking is true or not, if we believe it, it's our reality. Therefore, we will live accordingly Proverbs 23:7. This is why we will never live above our thinking spiritually or naturally. Our lives will go the way our thinking. Good, bad indifferent or deceived, its our reality. Our thinking greatly impact every area of our lives. This makes it so very clear the need and the power in renewing our minds when we become born again of God's Spirit.
Our thinking impacts how we perceive our selves, self esteem and our expectation of ourselves.
If our narrative and thinking of our selves is distorted, our self esteem and expectation of our selves will be low. We will not outlive the perspective and expectation that we have of our selves. And although God has released great things for us, we will not experience or walk in them if our self esteem is distorted. We find an example of this with the children of Israel. God had declared that they were His people and that He had prepared a destiny for them. However, their distorted self image impeded many of them from experiencing it. Numbers 13:30-33.
Renewing our minds establishes who God created us to be, building our self esteem, unveils our potential, guiding us to our purpose and empowers our faith, leading us to trust God and succeed.
Our thinking translates into our relationship with God
As believers, once we are reborn of God's Spirit, our spirit is changed, but our thinking remains the same. Without being renewed, most bring their worldly thinking and concepts into their relationship with God. This does not work because God, nor His kingdom operates like the world. We've got to renew or convert our thinking according to God's word. Psalm 19:7.
We do this by renewing our minds with His word. Renewed
our mind gives us information, understanding and Godly perspectives concerning who God is, and how we are to approach and interact with Him. There are components to every healthy relationship. It's the same with God. We develop the understanding of how we are to grow in our relationship with God through renewing our minds through His word.
Jesus came to put us back in right standing with God as our father and to reposition us in His household and Kingdom.
However, to flow in it we've got to change how we think. Because of Him, we are able to be reborn of God's Spirit and repositioned in the family of God and in His kingdom as citizens. Now we are in His kingdom and His kingdom now dwells in us. He did not return to establish a religion. He returned to enable us to be repositioned with God and His kingdom. However, we cannot operate in it with our old thinking. You cannot put new wine in old wineskins Matthew 9:14-17. This is why He told them to repent or change how they thought about God in Matthew 3:2. The word used here repent means to change your thinking. Jesus was explaining to them, as well as us today, that He was returning the kingdom to them, but our thinking has to be renewed in order to operate and flow in effectively. Otherwise, our thinking will hinder our growth and relationship with God and how His influence and kingdom impacts our lives.
This is the need and the power of renewing our minds.
~ Renewing our minds causes us to know God's will for our success. Joshua 1:8
~ Renewing our minds causes us to develop the mind of Christ. 1st Corinthians 2:12-16
~ Renewing our minds causes us to have insight into God's heart towards us. 1st Corinthians 2:9-15
~ Renewing of minds positions us to be liberated. John 8:31-32
~ Renewing our minds writes God's laws on our hearts. Jeremiah 31:33
~ Renewing our minds can impact our behavior and it leads and convicts us. Hebrew 4:12-13
~ Renewing our mind causes us to have a sound mind. 2nd Timothy 1:7
~ Renewing our minds builds our trust and faith in God. Romans 10:17
If we desire to experience God's influence and our growth, we've got to renew our minds. The need and the power of a renewed mind speaks to its transformational power in our lives and its ability to open the door to God’s kingdom influence and possibilities for our lives.
How then do we renew our minds?
1. We renew our minds with daily reading of God's word. This reading is for volume. Consider putting yourself on a read through the bible in one year program. It will keep you disciplined and serve as accountability to make sure your reading regularly. And if you miss a day, don't beat yourself up, just go to next day. The key is reading regularly 1st Timothy 4:13.
2. We renew our minds by studying. Studying in the breaking down of the scriptures for revelation, insight, guidance and wisdom. I encourage you to review our article on how to study the bible effectively. It will instruct on the types of studies and the tools needed. 1nd Timothy 2:15
Studying God's word is profitable to our growth and relationship with God. 2nd Timothy 3:16-17
3. We renew our mind by application. Application reinforces what you've learned and rewrites the map of your reality. Aside from application, the word of God will have little effect on your life. Here is where many are deceived. They believe hearing alone brings God influence and life changes. James 1:21-25.
Applying God's word enforces truth, invokes His influence, renews our minds and transforms our lives. Joshua 1:8
4. We renew our minds by excepting and subjecting our thinking to God's word. We all have thoughts that come from different places, people and outlets. The question is; whose narrative or thinking are you going to except and subject yourself to. Remember, good or bad our lives goes the way of our thinking. When we except and subject our thinking to God's word, it renews our mind and lines us up with His will. 2nd Corinthians 10:4-6
5. We renew our minds by disciplining what we expose our five sense gates to. Our senses are gateways to our soul. Within our soul is our intellect and mind. We want to be mindful what we allow to be poured into our minds. This includes what we read as well as what we view. Notice what the bible says about the things Lot allowed into his sense gate in 2nd Peter 2:8. By disciplining our sense gates, we can eliminate debris and error that can clutter or pervert our mind. Proverbs 4:23
One of the greatest task for any believer is to renew their minds.
Yet, it is one of the most important things you must do as a believer. History reveals the consistent acts of the enemy to cause believers to not read, study and apply God's word. Yet, God's word is the pathway and covenant that unveils God's heart intent and perfect will for our lives as well as the world we live in. Empower yourself and renew your mind.
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Keep in mind that hearing alone does not impact your life or bring God’s success; obedience and application Does. Apply these instruction and walk in them. Then you will experience God’s influence in your life. Joshua 1:8 / James 1:22