The only way to see God’s perfect will in our lives is to live each day with a renewed mind in Christ (Romans 12:2). Ephesians 4:22-23 reminds us, “put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God.”
Before our lives can be transformed, first our minds have to be transformed. Have you considered the thoughts that go through your mind throughout the day? Do you dwell more in fear and negativity or positive and praiseworthy thoughts?
Paul reminds us in Philippians 4:8-9, “…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
The keyword in that verse is to practice. We must practice having a disciplined thought process – submitting every thought that doesn’t come from the Spirit of truth to Jesus.
Any thought that has its root in fear does not come from God. Whether we are struggling with fear of singleness, lack of finances, or any other worry, we must choose to speak God’s truth over our fears. 2 Timothy1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
The word “sound mind” means having a controlled mind. This comes through the power of the Holy Spirit. We must also choose to filter out every negative thought and fill our minds with God’s truth.
The enemy will always use fear and speak lies into our mind to hold us back from receiving God’s promises. We need to invite God’s perspective so we can identify what are lies and what are truths. Mediating in the Bible is the best way to renew our minds because the Bible holds God’s truth.
Be intentional with disciplining your thoughts to only dwell on things that are pure, true, and praiseworthy. Let us be quick to filter out any thought that doesn’t come from Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5 says, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
Practice having a disciplined thought process so that you can ride the new wave of acceleration that God is bringing into the body of Christ. Listen more into this topic of “Practicing A Renewed Mind” on our podcast: