And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove that good and perfect will of God. (Romans 12: 2)
The positive transformation of your life is a divinely-affirmed reality if you make certain choices.. However, the metamorphosis to “all you can become” does not predate the “renewing of your mind.”
Wise King Solomon revealed that “as a person thinks, so that person is” (my paraphrase). Maybe your thoughts insidiously keep convincing you of the myths that you are defective, that nothing works out for you, that others are superior to you, that others will react negatively if you step out, or that your future is bleak.
If so, your actions or in-actions line right up with whatever beliefs you embrace. If you don’t think you can, you won’t even try. If you worry too much about the opinions of others, you won’t have the courage to take any risks. If you entertain no real hope for your future, you will live a life of depression. Any or all of these mental saboteurs can also be present in the lives of born-again believers in Christ! This does not have to be.
Here’s how it works. Our spirits are made alive at the new birth. However, by that time, we’ve usually experienced a truckload of “the world’s messages.” Other people have given them voice, as have the media. We’ve also told ourselves negative things so often we come to accept them as truth.
However, the Word of God says that, instead, we are to have “the mind of Christ.” We’re to affirm what He says about us, our situations, and our futures- no matter what it looks like at the moment, no matter what it feels like, and regardless of the opinions others hold and state. “His ways are higher than our ways, and His thoughts than our thoughts.” Just because you think it, and others think it, and this has gone on for a long time – this does not make it true!
God’s Word to us is true. However, our minds must be renewed so that we think as Christ thinks. In order for that to happen, and so that there’s a comparison point for choice in our minds, we have to diligently put the Word in there! The scripture says that we are to hide His Word in our hearts so that we don’t sin. It’s true, we have a conscience given to us at the initiation of salvation as He writes His Word on our hearts. But we also bear the responsibility of the spiritual disciplines of studying, learning, and meditating on the truth He has given us in His recorded Word.
Oh, how I treasure what the Holy Spirit does in the moment in my life! I don’t believe I could function without it. He brings to my mind a scripture that exactly speaks to a practical situation and provides guidance on the principle to be applied. However, it would be much more difficult for Him to bring it to mind if it had never been planted inside to start with through repetitive study and memorization..My daily time with Him grows out of the desperation I feel, knowing that without this spiritual food each morning, I will absolutely fall flat.
Like the physical food essential for nutrition, God’s Word is the nourishment necessary for spiritual functioning. Sometimes I just don’t have the luxury in the moment of running to a concordance and looking up the topic to find out what to do. (However, if you’re puzzled about something, that’s not a bad idea.)
So when those old negative thoughts surface and the “old mind” wants to assert itself to rob you of the life God wants for you – STOP! Arrest those thoughts in their tracks! The scripture tells us to bring every thought captive to the knowledge of Christ. Compare your old way of thinking to HIS way. For example, if you are feeling like an inadequate and unworthy person, remind yourself that you’ve been made the righteousness of God in Christ and that you can do all things through Christ Who gives you strength.
As you submit to the Holy Spirit and God’s truth rather than relying on your old assumptions, you gradually begin to think differently, feel differently, and act differently. Step by step, by the power of God, you evolve and transform into the person beautifully walking out the purpose God has in store for you. Now with all of that in mind, let’s ponder our key passage once more.
And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind so that you may prove that good and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2)
O God, I submit myself to Your transforming power! I yield myself to the truth of Your Word, over and above anything I have previously assumed and believed. Continue to renew my mind, my Lord, so that I may consistently LIVE OUT Your amazing plan for my life.