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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. This week 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 conforming. 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 and realize more of the masterpiece He has made us 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 and rubbish 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.
The renewed mind is a key to power, the power to walk in the spirit, including the manifestations of the spirit. The renewed mind is not “mind over matter’ or the power of “positive thinking” or a New Age/Eastern religious magic of reaching the state of Christ-consciousness or Nirvana, nor is it the kind of power men lust for through love of money and control.
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 draw us back into it. The primary responsibility of focusing our minds on the things of God and our spiritual blessings is on us.
The word transform is metamorphoo; 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 to form or fashion like something. From Strong’s: συσχηματίζω syschēmatízō, soos–khay-mat-id’-zo; from G4862 and a derivative of G4976; to fashion alike, i.e. conform to the same pattern (figuratively):—conform to, fashion self according to. We get our word scheme (a plan or design) and schematic; this would be like a pattern to make a dress, a blueprint for building a house.
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.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 overindulgence 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.
Take a look at these jewels.
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
It is always good to look at key words in the Greek in Strong’s Concordance and the entry is:
“New” or “to renew” is the word anakainōsis and is only used twicein the NT and a word peculiar to the apostle Paul; properly, to cause to grow up (ἀνά) new, to make new; passive, new strength and vigor is given to me, 2 Corinthians 4:16; to be changed into a new kind of life, opposed to the former corrupt state, Colossians 3:10.
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 suffering (illness, disease or death of a loved one) reminding us of the joy we have and these burdens are not worthy to be compared to the glory we’ll have in future.
Facing a challenge with confidence and faith rather than fear and worry.
Recovering from negatives quickly and covering them with positives (there is plenty of opportunity here!)
Being able to practice the mind of Christ
Being peaceful and quiet to sense the presence of God
The section of scripture from Philippians is loaded with renewed mind principles:
Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 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. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. – Philippians 4:6-9 KJV
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. Be mindful of this biblical principle every day. For as a man thinks, so is he; and out of the abundance of the heart a man speaks.
(I have just discovered something really cool. I can paste in the Blue Letter Bible entry for any verse. It will give the hot-wired Strong’s number and definitions and other related verses. The other important words in this verse are: mind, prove, acceptable and perfect. Click and see!) See the key verse of this article below: