November 13, 2014

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Renewing Your Mind


Unhealthy vs Healthy Brain

The picture above is disturbing in viewing the difference between an unhealthy brain and a healthy one. There are innumerable things that can cause your brain to deteriorate like this. I don’t want to talk about addictions that destroy the brain or changing your diet to get more nutrition. I want to encourage your growth in Christ. God desires for you to renew your mind and to become more like his son. As we talked about in a previous post that God is our creator and we need to take the instruction manual seriously. In the instruction manual it states:

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Romans 12:2

God created us in his image and to reflect Christ-likeness. When we were created we were to display Gods character and to please him with the way we live. In Genesis we find the rebellion of man-kind against their creator. To this day we choose to disobey God as well. We daily choose our selfishness and pride over God and becoming who he initially designed us to be. The beginning of change occurs in our surrendering of our will and accepting Gods will for our lives. In accepting his will we accept the responsiblity to put-off anything that goes against his instruction manual and to put-on what pleases him.

How does one Renew their Mind?

  1. This is a process that begins with a relationship with Jesus Christ.
    • The renewal of your mind is recognized by an increasingly faithful and obedient response to God’s word (Romans 12:1-2, Ephesians 4:22-32, Colossians 3:10-17).
    • Renewing your mind is necessary for your spiritual development (Romans 12:2, Ephesians 4:23, Colossians 3:10)
  2. Graciously enabled by God, you are to practice biblical thinking (2 Corinthians 10:5, Philippians 4:8-9, Colossians 3:1-2)
  3. Your obedience is directly related to your development of a Christ-like mind (Hebrews 5:14, James 1:22-25)
    • Scripture tells us to:
      • Hear the Word (Romans 10:17) through preaching and teaching
      • Read the Word (2 Timothy 4:13; Revelation 1:3) through daily devotions
      • Study the Word (2 Timothy 2:15) through investigating and learning biblical principles
      • Memorize the Word (Psalm 119:11) reviewing verses daily
      • Meditate on the Word (Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1:2) thinking of the personal application, promises, and commands to you

By doing the above consistently you provide opportunities for God’s word to dwell in you richly. Of equal importance, you are to practice the Word especially in known areas of needed biblical change. As you do this your mind will be renewed and you will become more like Christ.

With Great Love & Truth,

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