Scripture teaches about a transformation that happens when you renew your mind with the word of God. The apostle Paul wrote of renewing the mind. "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 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, acceptable, and perfect will of God" (Romans 12:1-2).
As disciples of Christ, we must be mindful of the attacks against our minds. Thinking wrong is a dangerous pitfall. Every day we are faced with multitudes of voices, thoughts, and imaginations that try to lift themselves above the truth of God. This is why Paul was concerned for those in his church. He wrote that when we renew our minds, our thinking and perspective on life will change. This affects how you see Jesus and how you respond to the things of life.
By renewing our minds, we can be transformed from a worldly, carnal mindset to a godly, biblical one. This is important because an unrenewed mind opposes the things of God. The apostle Paul made it even more important to know when he taught that it was beneficial to walk in the spirit because the flesh was hostile against the things of God. He wrote,
"For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit do mind the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace" (Romans 8:5–6).
The Carnal Mind
The biblical instruction against a carnal mind is to have a mind that is being renewed. Being renewed is not a one-time event but a continual process of sanctification. This gradual transformation allows you to prove what the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God is for your life.
Renewing the mind then is a process of transformation from the inside out, which can only be done through prayer, meditation, a commitment to living according to the principles of God's Word, study of the word of God, and the help of the Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of truth. (The word of God is truth. It's the only truth you can trust.)
Finally, the Bible teaches that when we renew our minds, we can be transformed from a worldly mindset to a godly one. This is an important process, as an unrenewed mind is hostile to God and can lead to spiritual death through unbelief and rebellion.
As already mentioned, renewing the mind is a transformation from the inside out, and can only be done through prayer, meditation, and a commitment to living according to the principles of God's Word.
Studying the Bible is essential to this process, as it is the only truth we can trust. Through the process of renewing the mind, we can prove (put to the test) what is good, acceptable, and the perfect will of God for our lives.
Paul warns the Galatians of the ways of the flesh.
"This I say then, walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh, and these are contrary to each other: so that ye cannot do the things that you would. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like, of which I have told you before, as I have also told you in time past, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance; against such there is no law. And they who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. To live in the spirit is made sure when you are mindful of the need to renew your mind" (Galatians 5:16–25).
The way you renew your mind is by casting down thoughts, imaginations, and everything that is contrary to the truth that has been given by Christ and the Holy Spirit. Scripture declares, "Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ, and having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled" (2 Corinthians 10:5–6).
This means to reject any thoughts, ideas, or beliefs that do not align with God's Word. We must also bring every thought into captivity and obedience to Christ, meaning that our thoughts and attitudes should be in line with Jesus’ teachings and principles.
Finally, we must have a readiness to revenge all disobedience , meaning that we should be willing to resist wrong thoughts or temptations and stand firm in our faith. Renewing our minds is an important part of the Christian journey, as it helps us to focus our thoughts on God and to live a life pleasing to Him. Through prayer, meditation, and studying His Word, we can be transformed from a worldly mindset to a godly one and prove what is good, acceptable, and the perfect will of God for our lives.
(c) Apostle Jonas Clark
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