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For centuries people have been fascinated by the power of the mind. The industry is teeming with charlatans. Thousands of books have been written, hundreds of mind, spirit and brain products sold, and many seminars held every day on this topic and millions are conned each year. Amazingly, many Christians are obsessed with the New Age “body, mind, spirit” folly. What they are seeking, under the coaching of a certified guru, can be summed up in 10-minutes. Recently, I wrote a short and simple article called Renewed Mind: Key to Power based on sound biblical and spiritual principles.
Our subject at hand is the renewed mind and the central verse of this teaching is:
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. – Romans 12:2 KJV
To understand the phrase “ renewing of your mind” we must see that it is associated in the verse with transformed as opposed to conformed. We must understand what we are conforming from what we are transforming to. By not conforming to the world’ standards and devices (the Adversary delivers this to us through the world system every day). Then we can continue to transform to be more of the masterpiece He has made us to be (something new). We “put on” the new man and the truths and promises of The Word as we “put off” the old man which wallows in sin and the garbage the world system tries to force-feed.
Also, the continuing action of renewing the mind results in proving to ourselves the perfect word and will of God. You will see more of what God promises flood (or trickle) into our lives. You control the nozzle on the hose that holds an abundance of living waters from which all blessing flow.
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We are told to transform (transfigure) ourselves. It is something we control and act upon, then God in Christ in us acts within. The transformation is not something that God takes control and causes the transformation to occur. Don’t misunderstand me, God is in action from within and without to encourage and help us renew our minds and He can also can give us a swift kick. The primary responsibility of focusing our minds on the things of God and our spiritual blessings, is on us.
The word transform is metamorpheo; we get our word metamorphosis from it. This is the process of the caterpillar morphing into a butterfly; a tadpole changing into a frog; and an egg and sperm changing into a human being. It is the same word translated as transfiguration, such as when Jesus’ clothes and face emanated bright light upon the Mount of Transfiguration. The word conform is schematizo, to form or fashion.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things. – Philippians 4:8 KJV
Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he trusteth in thee. – Isaiah 26:3 KJV
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. – 2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV
To realize you are a new creature requires a renewed mind, like a cat chasing its own tail. Sounds like circular thinking like renewing your mind to the renewed mind. It is a continuous process to realize you are not the man you used to be (the old man). The Adversary has set the system up to deceive and distract us from the reality and he does a good job at it. (Drinking, smoking, gambling, addiction to NASCAR and ball games, TV, extra- or pre-marital sex, love of money, blowing money, centering or over indulgence in anything but God’s Word).
We can never perfect ourselves even with the Word; it is not finished and perfected until we meet Christ in the air at the gathering together. You can be sure we will have a renewed mind then, the mind of Christ.
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish (waste away), yet the inward man is renewed day by day. – 2 Corinthians 4:16 KJV
And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; – Ephesians 4:23 KJV
And have put on the new [man], which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: – Colossians 3:10 KJV
See Titus 3:5, Psalm 51:10
What our minds should be renewing to?
These are just a few of the big things:
The manifestations of the spirit
Fruit of the spirit: living love, peace, joy
What are the characteristics and benefits of the renewed mind?
Instantly rejecting the temptations of Satan by repeating opposing Scripture in your head
Enduring accusations and persecution
Experiencing a sudden shock such as a car wreck without freaking out
Experiencing illness, disease or death of a loved one without deep depression
Facing a challenge with a potential failure without getting too nervous or having fear
Taking in a big disappointment without a great deal of pouting
Recovering from negatives quickly and covering them with positives
Taking in big ideas without getting overly excited
Being able to practice the mind of Christ
Being peaceful and quiet to sense the presence of God
One can easily write a book on the renewed-mind field of study. It is central to the believer’s walk, his key to walking with power. Take time in your prayer life to practice it.