Renewing the Mind- Part 1

Romans 12:2
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Discern- to detect with senses other than vision

Good- of a favorable character or tendency

Acceptable- capable or worthy of being welcomed

Perfect- being entirely without fault or defect

Evil still threatens the lives of Christians in today's age. We must resist the pressure of the world and the pressure that evil tries to enforce on us. Christians are to transform their lives as they make new their minds so that they are able to discern God's will.

By testing you may discern- in the Greek- dokimazo, which often has the sense of finding out the worth of something by putting it to use in actual practice.

Once we have received salvation from Jesus, we should begin to start the mind renewal process right away. We cannot continue to live our lives as we did before we were saved or before we became Christians. One of the problems today that has defiled and degraded the name of Jesus is the fact that a lot of people are calling themselves Christians, followers of Christ, but they are living like devils! If you are a follower of Christ, you are not going to be hanging out in the bar rooms anymore. Christ isn't in the bar room. If you are a follower of Christ, you are not going to be using filthy language anymore. If you are a follower of Christ, you are going to be doing Christ-like things. You are going to be praying, laying hands on the sick, telling people about salvation. Jesus said, "I have to be about my Father's business." If you are saved, sanctified and filled with the Holy Ghost, you are going to walk Jesus, talk Jesus, sleep Jesus, everything you do will be Jesus because of the joy that He has brought into your life! We have to renew our mind; our process in which we obtain, store, and distribute information.

Why do we need to renew our minds? So that we may be able to discern the will of God. If you are still thinking like the world, then it is impossible for you to think like God, Amen? If you think like the world, you can't come to realize what it is that God has willed into your life, His plan, from the beginning of creation, for you. You were made with a purpose. Now you have to renew your mind so that you can discern that purpose, so you can figure out what it is that God has called you to do!

You also need to renew your mind so that you know what it is you can and can't do now. Just like anything else in life, salvation comes with some rules. Most of those rules have been written down for you in a book called the Bible. Some of the rules have to be figured out and "felt" as you go along. The Bible could not possibly describe every situation that you will find yourself in and then tell you how to handle that situation. In this evil world there are all kinds of scenarios intended for tripping up the believer and causing him to stumble. You must be able to discern what is right, the right way to go, the right choices to make, the perfect path instead of the crooked path, what is acceptable by God. You don't want to be found guilty of not knowing in this new life as a Christian. Let me add this. As you renew your mind, you become closer to Jesus and you begin to hear and recognize His voice. Jesus said, "my sheep know my voice and a stranger's voice they will not follow." This cannot be accomplished if you are walking around with the same old mind that you had when you were still in the world.

You have to renew your mind so that you can be prepared and able to receive the Holy Ghost. Remember when Jesus was talking about the new wine of the Holy Ghost? He said, "you can't put this new wine in old bottles." You have to renew your vessel (your bottle) and get it ready to contain the Helper. You can't get help and continue to go in the same direction you were going in before you got help! When a glass has a crack in it and is broken, you don't keep trying to fill it up with water, do you? No, you get a new glass that can hold the water so it doesn't keep leaking out. It's the same way with God. He isn't going to fill your glass as long as it is broken. He waits until you have a new glass, and you aren't leaking anymore, and then He fills it up with "living water"!!!

We have discovered in part 1 of the series that we renew our minds so that we can discern the will of God and be able to know what is good, acceptable, and perfect. Now we are heading in the right direction, we have our feet planted on a new path. Tomorrow we will see what the next step forward should be.

Father, thank you for your holy word. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to renew our minds in Christ. Help us, Lord, to accept your teaching and give us the strength and wisdom to apply it to our lives. In Jesus name we pray, Amen. 


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