The Need & Power of a Renewed Mind - Romans 12:2 -Part 2

    Sep 1, 2021 | by Pastor Michael Carter

    The Need & Power of a Renewed Mind - Romans 12:2 / Part 2 

    One of the most important and powerful components in our lives is our thinking. Where we currently are at in  our natural and spiritual lives is in part the result of our thinking. If you desire to change it; it will start with your thinking. 

    Jesus pointed out the need and the power of renewing our minds. Matthew 3:1-2
    Jesus did not come to establish any particular religion. He came to pay the price for us to be reborn of the Spirit of God and
    to reposition us in right standing with God as our father in His household and Kingdom as citizens. Ephesians 2:18-19
    This rebirth and repositioning only comes through Christ Jesus. John 1:12

    He returned to enable us to be reborn of the Spirit of God and to grow in our relationship with Him and His kingdom. However, we cannot do that with our old  thinking. Our minds must be renewed. The word repent used in Matthew 3:1-2 mean to change how you think. Jesus was teaching them that He had returned to reposition them with God and His kingdom; but they had to change their thinking to operate in it successfully. That’s stands even more truer today. 

    To grow with God and operate in His kingdom effectively, our minds must be renewed

    ~ Renewing our minds causes us to know the word of God for our selves and our success. Joshua 1:8
    ~ Renewing our minds causes us to develop God's perspectives or the mind of Christ. 1st Corinthians 2:12-16
    ~ Renewing our minds causes us to have insight into God's heart and will 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 by illuminating, leading and convicting 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 influence of a renewed mind speak to its transformational power in our thinking and its ability to open the door to God’s kingdom influence and possibilities for our lives. 
    1st Corinthians 2:10-16. After getting saved, renewing your mind is the most important task for every believer. 

    How then do we renew our minds?

    1. We renew our minds with daily reading of God's word. 1st Timothy 4:13-15
    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 an accountability tool to assist your focus on reading regularly. And if you miss a day, don't beat yourself up, just go to next day. The key is consistency and reading regularly. We actually have a read through the bible link on our front page. We encourage you to hit the link and use it. 

    2. We renew our minds by studying.
    1st Timothy 2:15
    Studying is the breaking down of the scriptures for revelation, insight, guidance and wisdom. It will give you revelation and renew your thinking. I encourage you to review our article on how Studying God’s word effectively. It will assist you in how to study. Studying God's word is profitable to our growth and relationship with Him. 2nd Timothy 3:16-17 Your studying to gain wisdom, illumination and revelation from the word of God. As God reveals His word to you, your mind will be renewed. 
    3. We renew our minds by meditating on the word of God. 1st Timothy 4:15
    Reading and studying the word of God are necessary in renewing our minds. Yet, there are times when we have to pause and meditate on a certain text. To meditate means to think on something constantly. Your considering the nature and meaning of the text and how it applies and impacts your life. Most of us do this all the time when we worry about something. We constantly think about it and all of its possibilities. Meditating on the word renews your mind and moves it from your head to your heart. 
    4. We renew our mind by application. James 1:21-25
    Application reinforces what you've learned in your heart 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 the influence of God and change. Although hearing the word of God undergirds our faith, application and obedience causes us to be transformed and positions us to experience the success of God. Joshua 1:8 

    5. We renew our minds by subjecting our thinking to God's word. 
    2nd Corinthians 10:4-6
    We all have thoughts that come from different places. Some from God, spiritual forces, people, media and other outlets. 
    The question is; whose narrative or thinking are you going to except and subject yourself to. Remember, good or bad our lives will go the way of our thinking. Therefore, we should be mindful what we hear and subject it all to the word of God. When we except and subject our thinking to the word of God it renews our mind and lines us up with His perspectives and will. 

    6. We renew our minds by disciplining our five sense gates to. Proverbs 4:23
    Our senses are gateways to our soul. Within our soul is our will, emotions 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. Look at Lot in 2nd Peter 2:8
    By disciplining our sense gates, we can eliminate or cut down wordily influences, concepts, debris and error that deceives or pervert our mind. Again, we have to be mindful what or who we allow to sow into our lives. Philippians 4:8

    One of the greatest and necessary tasks for any believer is to renew their minds.

    There is power in renewing our minds. Romans 12:1-2
    Again, after getting saved, renewing the mind is the most important task for every believer. God's word is the pathway and covenant that unveils His heart intent and perfect will for our lives. Renew your mind with the word of God. It will build your faith and trust, empower your self esteem, speak to who God is and unveil His plan for your life and the world we live in.

    This is the Need, Impact and the Power of a Renewed Mind!



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