Renewing Your Mind Part 1
Part 1 of 3
Are you part of the stressed-out generation; too busy to enjoy life? We survive on TV dinners and fast foods. We take sleeping pills to get to sleep and drink caffeine to wake up. We run from the time we get up until we fall into bed at night exhausted.
The things that cause anxiety, mental confusion, worry, fear, frustration, hopelessness and disappointment are common to our times. We treat our symptoms with antidepressants, stimulants, sleeping pills, relaxants, stress relievers, and pain pills.
We don’t need more pills as much as we need power –
God’s power – to transform us.
We don’t need a change in circumstance, as much as a new mindset,
a new viewpoint.
When I was a little girl growing up in Franconia, VA, we always went to the 4th of July parade. Often I could not see what was going on because of the crowd. But my dad was 6’ 2” tall and would lift me up onto his shoulders. The view from up there was a lot different than the view from the ground.
When life starts to spin out of control, we need a new perspective, we need to see things from God’s point of view.
Is. 55:8-9: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (NIV)
We need ask our Heavenly Father to hoist us up onto His shoulders, so we can see things as He sees them.
Often, in order to get better perspective of how God sees things, we need a clearer view of God himself – who He is, His awesomeness, His power and His love. There are many snapshots displaying God’s character in the Scriptures – both Old and New Testaments. It was Jesus who said, “When you have seen me, you’ve seen the Father.” We get to know more about God’s character, His desires, His love for us and we begin to see things differently.
What are some signs that you have need of a new perspective?
Are you having any of these problems:
- Sluggish spirit – slow to respond to God
- Unable to receive spiritual input
- Troubled by worry or anxious thoughts
- Lack of rest in your spirit
- Lack of joy and peace in your life
One of three things is possibly the cause:
1. You do not yet have a real relationship with God.
You may believe there is a God, you may attend church regularly, you may consider yourself religious, moral, even good, but you have no sense of a personal connection with God. You actually have a dead spirit.
Some verses of Scripture that may be helpful:
Eph. 2:1 “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins . . ..” (NIV)
However, your “dead” spirit can be brought to life:
Eph. 2:4-5 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ . . . (NKJV)
Rom. 8:11 “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.” (NIV)
2. You are a true believer, but are walking in known disobedience to God. You have not yet done the last thing He told you to do or stop doing, such as:
a. to get things right with someone you have hurt
b. to forgive someone who has hurt you
c. to end a wrong relationship – adultery, homosexuality, unmarried sex,
or separating yourself from someone from whose influence God has told you remove yourself
d. to let go of “things”
e. to reach out to someone you consider beneath you
f. to let go of some church or civic duty or job that hinders your marriage or your family life
g. to get off the computer or out of that chat room that consumes your time or where temptation looms like a giant.
3. You are a true follower of Christ, but have hit hard times and are “hanging in there by the skin of your teeth” and desperately need a renewal of your mind and spirit.
If you are miserable to live with and out of sorts and negative, God is not the problem, neither are those around you. It may be that you don’t have a problem, you are the problem.
If you are in relationship with God the Father, if you are walking in obedience to His instructions and directions for your life, if you are earnestly wanting to experience renewed spiritual vibrancy, God will meet you there in the midst of your current challenges. He says, “draw near to me and I will draw near to you”.
In the meantime consider, do you really want to get off the merry-go-round? We’ll look at how to do that in the next installment as we deal with “Renewing Your Mind – Pt. 2”.
©2011, Marcy Alves
Posted on May 22, 2011, in Reflections and tagged change, Christianity, disobedience, marcy alves, peace, rat-race, renewal, spiritual blockage, spiritual journey, spiritual life, spiritual renewal, thought life, trust, viewpoint. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.