Renew your mind

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–His good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2). I was not aware of this verse until later in my Christian walk. I knew about Jesus, His miracles, His love, faith and other amazing things in the Word of God but nothing about the mind. When I learned about it, it made sense. I understood so much. For one thing, I saw that God was concerned about everything about us. He is interested in developing the entire person that we are. Not just our hearts and our spirits but our minds as well. That verse sounded pivotal and I have been learning from it for years now. There is a great need for us to keep working on our thinking. Our goal should be to continue to share Christ’s mind and to be on the same page. In His mind there are pages that are pure and holy that don’t exist in our minds. We have blank pages that we fill with negative thoughts and His pages are all beautiful and positive. One thing I am learning is that our minds can limit God. God is almighty and powerful and there is absolutely nothing He can’t do. However, if our minds have a small picture of God, if we don’t see how big God is, we will have limited results when it comes to faith. Faith is knowing and believing before seeing. Our minds are programmed to believe after seeing. Our thinking can really impact our faith and it can diminish it. Today I want to remind you to renew your mind and to expand your vision of God. Let God grow in your thinking, in your heart and in your faith. 

God is not on a human level. He is at a divine level. We can’t depict God based on simple human experiences. He is more advanced and He is many steps ahead. I used to have a limited idea of what miracles could be like. I used to see God’s hand as a short hand that couldn’t do much more than what men can do. My God was a glorified version of man and that was not right. God is way above and beyond any human being you will ever meet. He is way above the angels. He is in a category of His own and it is that supernatural and superior category that we need to box into our minds. It is actually too big to be boxed but it should be added into our thinking so it can allow our thinking to expand. God has never been limited by anything and yet we put limits on who He is. Will we ever know the extent of His love and of His power? I don’t know if we will while we are here on earth. One thing I know is that when we work on changing our minds with the Word of God, God becomes bigger and better. Renewing our minds should be a daily practice. Our minds are always occupied by what the world feeds them so it is time we fed our minds the Word of God on a regular basis. It should be part of our spiritual diet.

The patterns of this world are hard to escape. That is why I recommend working on our minds daily. If the world presented God as the almighty Savior that He is everywhere, it would be much easier to grow in faith. I suggest creating “a world of God.” A world where God is present, accurately described, adored and worshipped. That world can be your world. You can have this spiritual environment and stay in it as much as possible. It should be Bible-centered and Jesus-centered. Add Jesus into your habits and your daily schedule. Watch what you listen to. Be sure to prioritize listening to the Lord, to His teachings, to His encouragement and to His love. Saturate your world with His love. You can get there by praying a lot and praising. Write scriptures and place them where you can see them often. Listen to sermons, read the Bible, listen to Christian music that focuses on the Lord and make room for Jesus as much as you can. Take praise breaks during the day like I mentioned yesterday. Build this world around you where Jesus is dominant and you will realize that the world doesn’t have such a stronghold on you. It takes work and discipline but it will pay off and it will help you renew your mind. Keep at it and stay encouraged. Your mind can do great things when the Lord is constantly put into it so to speak. Keep your mind on Jesus!

Suggested reading: 2 Corinthians 5:17;  1 Peter 1:14; 1 John 2:15-17

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