18 November, 2005

Renewing the Mind

Over the last several days and weeks I have been thinking a lot about our minds and thoughts. We need to realize that every thought begins as a seed planted in our minds. Recently I gave a message on Wednesday evening about casting down negative thoughts and imaginations. You do that by speaking the Word of God.

But lets face it, our minds are not wired this way. That is why Paul wrote that we should renew our minds. But how do we do that?

Romans 12:2 says,

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, in order to prove by you what is that good and pleasing and perfect will of God.

When I surrendered my life to God in June of 1981, my life changed and I became a new creation in Christ Jesus. But can I tell you… nothing happened to my mind! My mind didn’t get born again. It was my spirit that was re-created. My mind still thought like it always did, and let me tell you, some of my thoughts were not sanctified!

Renewing the mind is not something that happens at the new birth; it is a daily process that begins when you start feeding your mind on the Word of God. As you saturate yourself in the Word of God, your thinking will begin to change. Notice the emphasis on YOU. You must do this. You must discipline yourself to get into the Word. You must do it. Just hanging around the church is not going to do it. You must renew your mind. It is kind of like re-programming a computer. You must replace the old stuff, with the new stuff. Otherwise you will continue to get the same outcome! There has to be a renewal of the mind.

Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. . .
"Now, where is the Word to dwell? The Word is to dwell in our minds and in our hearts. The only way it can dwell in you richly is by meditating on it day and night.
Just as physical food nourishes your body, the Word of God nourishes your mind and your heart. It keeps your mind and your heart fit. It keeps your mind and your heart strong and positive. If you are constantly reading the Word and hearing the Word of God, then you are going to have a mind that is renewed and thoughts that are under control. Satan cannot defeat you when your mind is renewed to the Word of God. He cannot keep you from succeeding when your mind is being fed the Word of God on a daily basis.

If you have not already done so, why not begin renewing your mind today?
Begin each day my saying these words… and then acting on them:
“Today, I will meditate on the Word. I will think about what the Word says. The Word of God brings victory in my life. And, victory starts in my mind.”


michigan preacher said...

Good word, brother. Yea, it's a daily thing. It is so easy to let the thoughts go back to the old thinking. I like what Psalm 119 says, "Thy word have I hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against thee" God bless.

Sarah said...

I used to be under a serious attack in my mind. All day and night long I had a continual thought stream of all things I had said or did my entire life that would bring such misery. It literally made me sick and I really thought I was going crazy. I thought this was normal and there was no way to end it. One night I turned on the tv and watched Joel Osteen for the very first time and he explained that Satan uses the mind as an attack ground. It was one of those moments that the light bulb when on for me and when I’d tell others they looked me like I was crazy because apparently they already understood that. I had never heard or even thought that before. From that day on, I was more prepared in my thought life. Over analyzing is still something I struggle with but I now know how to combat it better.