Why is renewing your mind so important?
Process of transformation
So, how do we resist the patterns of the world, renew our minds and live set apart for the Lord? How do we allow God to transform us by changing the way we think, as the Apostle Paul puts it in Romans 12:2?
What we think and believe about ourselves and the world starts with what we fill our minds with. For out thoughts to align with God’s thoughts and our actions to reflect the heart of Jesus, we need to meditate on His truth. And God’s truth is found in His Word – the Bible.
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
Hebrews 4:12 NLT
The Word of God holds transformative power. When we read God’s Word with an open heart and mind, Holy Spirit “exposes our innermost thoughts and desires”, holding them up against God’s truth as the standard. When we allow Him, He convicts, corrects and counsels us. And the more we read and study the Word of God with receptive hearts, the more we think like Jesus. And the more we think like Jesus, the more we behave like Him.
Isn’t that our ultimate goal as Christ followers?
Now, I’m not saying the process of transformation is easy. It’s not.
It’s messy, uncomfortable and inconvenient. But it’s also refreshing, beautiful and fruitful. Through the process of sanctification (becoming holy like God), Holy Spirit teaches us to lean into the spirit over the flesh.
Over time, you’ll notice changes in how you respond to specific situations compared to in the past. You’ll recognise growth in the different fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Personally, since I’ve made getting into the Word of God a priority, I’ve seen an exponential increase in my love, joy, peace and patience. And each time I reflect on how this has impacted my behaviour in certain circumstances, I give Holy Spirit the credit. I find that when I do, I give Him permission to do more good work in me.
Knowing God’s heart and will
Immersing yourself in God’s Word does more than transforming you into a new person. It reveals the character of God and draws you closer to Him. The closer you become to God, the more you get to know His heart and will for your life. Trust me, you’ll want to know God’s will for you because He has good plans for you (Jeremiah 29:11)!
Knowing God’s will means you can partner with Him to see it fulfilled in your life. Through Holy Spirit’s sanctifying work in you, He gives you the grace to act according to God’s will. To live a life worthy of the calling you have received (Ephesians 4:1).
Do you long to live the abundant John 10:10 life Jesus bought for you? Start by renewing your mind with the Word of God.
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
John 10:10 NKJV
Think about it
Ask Holy Spirit whether there are any areas of your life where you’ve been following the patterns of the world rather than the Kingdom of God. What lies are you believing that are at the root of these behaviours? What truths from God’s Word do you need to replace those lies with?
Pray about it
Lord, forgive me for the times I’ve believed the lies contrary to your truth and allowed the world to influence my thoughts and actions. As I read Your Word, please reveal your truth and help me get to know you better. Let my mind and my heart be receptive to your truth and your way, so all that I do and say brings glory to your name. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Written by Oyelola
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