And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed (changed, transfigured) by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2
No amount of physical effort can produce spiritual transformation. Your spirit doesn’t grow, it’s either righteous and made one with God or it’s not. What needs to happen is that we begin to think, feel and act in agreement with the condition of our spirit so the rest of our being experiences transformation. If you want changes in your life, they come through renewing your mind, not behavior modification. Renewing your mind persuades your heart of the truth and as a man thinks in his heart, so is he
You will think about, feel and then do what you believe in your heart, so take the time to persuade your heart of Kingdom truth. Tend the garden of your heart so you’re yielded to the influence of God rather than focused on the way of the world or the world’s system. You can preach external, behavioral, specific, cultural issue focused messages or you can go after people’s hearts by preaching spiritual truth rather than carnal failure.
- Everything God has for us, every spiritual gift within us is worked out of us by grace through faith
- Faith accesses grace and faith works by love
- Faith is a response to what Jesus has done
- So do you know what Jesus has done?
Renovating your mind in the completed work of Jesus’ life, death, burial and resurrection is vital to living an abundant life and being transformed into the image of Christ. The believer is righteous, holy, forgiven and complete in Jesus. He is our righteousness, sanctification and redemption. Eventually our bodies will change in one way or another but until then, all that’s left for the believer is to renew the mind. Take some time and meditate on each of these resources.
- Read them out loud
- See each one as true for you personally
- Allow yourself to feel each promise as if it’s true for you
Use these resources to Renovate Your Mind
RENOVATE YOUR MIND (article and video series)