Renewing Your Mind – Pt. 3
Posted by Marcy
Part 3 of 3
Because I write from a Christian perspective, where spirit is as important as mind and body, the steps I will recommend for renewing your mind have a “spirit” base. You have to start at step one and settle the question of what it means to become a genuine Christian: this involves confession and repentance of sin, acknowledgment that Jesus took the penalty of your sins upon Himself on the cross, and an invitation to the Lord to take up residence in you via His Holy Spirit. Applying the principles I recommend becomes a combination of your will (spirit) and God’s Holy Spirit working together.
After settling the first step, renewal of the mind begins in earnest. I have found the following steps to be absolutely necessary as the process of mind-renewal begins and continues to develop throughout your Christian growth experience. God is constantly working on the renewal of my thought habits, and through that, the transformation of my life and character.
1. Practice the presence of God.
If you are a true follower of Christ, a regenerated child of God, the Holy Spirit lives in you. There is nowhere you can go, nothing you can do where you don’t take Him and where He is not involved in your actions. Always respond knowing that He sees, hears and enables; He’s in it with you.
Is. 41:10 Fear not for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
2. Practice “God thoughts”. You have to see what the Lord thinks about the things going on around you. Remember that His “thoughts are higher than your thoughts”.
What does God’s word say about you (his child); personal relationships; use of money; treatment of the poor, the sick and the elderly; social justice; use of your tongue; control of your thought life; marriage and divorce; lawsuits; tithing; caring for elderly parents or children?
3. Spend time enjoying His presence.
Develop a quiet time of prayer, scripture meditation and reflection. Include a time of listening to God. Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice and they follow me.”
4. Learn to say “NO” to thoughts that come from the enemy or from the old nature. Nip them in the bud, because thoughts precede actions. Use Scripture to turn those thoughts off, such as:
- Accusing thoughts about past sins – I John 1:9 “If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
- Negative thoughts about others – Satan is the “accuser of the brethren”. (Rev. 12:10) I will not co-operate with him.
- Worry or anxious thoughts – Phil. 4:6-8 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally . . . whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (NIV)
In keeping with Romans 12:1-2 that we looked at in part 2 of this series: after you present your body as a living sacrifice, after you break out of the pattern of this world, after you cooperate with the Lord in the process of renewing your mind . . .
Rom. 12:2 “Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Do any of you have plans to hurt your children? Neither does God have plans to hurt you. He has a good, pleasing and perfect will for your life. And part of that includes transforming your character.
What does the transformed life look like? Read the rest of Romans chapter 12 to find out.
Overcoming negative, self-destructive thinking is very important. Learning to recognize the lies you have believed from your past is a part of the transformation that God wants to bring about in your life
Dumber than Dumb
Victor Soriento was 16 years old and in high school, when his adviser strongly suggested that he drop out of school because he was “dumber than dumb.” She felt he would be doing everyone a favor. For the next 16 years Victor held 76 different jobs trying to scrape together an existence. At age 33 he was seeking employment at his 77th job, when the human resource director asked Victor if he had ever taken an IQ exam. Victor said, “No.” So the resource director had him take the IQ test. The test results revealed the truth about Victor: he had an IQ of 161. In one simple moment, he went from being called an idiot to being labeled “genius.” Later in Victor’s life, Associated Press wrote a 3-column article on his brilliant research in laser surgery. The truth is always so important! When Victor found out the truth about himself and believed it, he had a renewal of the mind, and it changed his life.
Jesus said, “You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.”
A renewed mind means a new way of seeing:
- A new view of God
- A new view of yourself
- Your identity
- Your circumstances
- Your potential
- Your purpose in life
- A new view of the world around you
I can assure you that if you stay in the process, your whole world will look different, your life will take on new meaning and your relationship with the Lord will be both life changing and life sustaining. What have you got to lose? Nothing worth keeping.
QUESTIONS: Which of the steps listed have you taken recently?
©2011, Marcy Alves
About MarcyI love my Father-God. Together we are walking through a season of my life where I am standing with him against cancer. He is my strength and trust. As one of his daughters, my passion is to share his love with others in practical, everyday illustrations and insights.
Posted on May 30, 2011, in Christian Growth and tagged Christian life, Christianity, conforming, finding God’s will, mind renewal, negative thinking, renewal, right thinking, saying no, spiritual journey, spiritual life, spirituality, thought life, transformation, viewpoint. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.