Spiritual Growth: Apply
What Does It Mean to “Renew My Mind”?
Romans 12:2 instructs us to, “Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (KJV). “Renewing your mind” is an important part of living a successful Christian life. But if you’re new to the Christian life or new to the spirit-filled Christian life, you may be asking “What exactly does it mean?” Let’s look at the idea of renewing your mind—what it is and how to do it.
Why Renew Your Mind with God’s Word?
There are a few principles that will help you better understand the concept of renewing your mind. First, understand that it is God’s perfect will for all men to be saved and to come into the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:3-4). Peter tells us that God is not willing that any should perish. Not only is it His will for you to be saved, but it is also His will for you to be free so you can know “what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” for you (Romans 12:2, KJV).
Second, you need to know that God reveals His will for mankind through His Word. As you study and put God’s Word into practice, you will come to understand God’s will for your life.
Third, Jesus and God’s Word are one. John 1:1, 14 says, “In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God... So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.”
The Bible is God’s testimony of what He has already prepared for His children. It is the Father teaching His family how to know His thoughts and live out His ways so that they can enjoy all that the lordship of Jesus offers.
The Bible is more than a history book; it is God speaking to you now. God’s Word is alive. It is the living voice from heaven. You can fearlessly act on the written Word of God—by renewing your mind—just as you would if Jesus called your name and spoke with you personally!
How Do You Renew Your Mind?
Renewing your mind requires faith, and faith is acting on the Word of God. You act on it just as you would act on the word of any honest man. You apply it in order to change the way you think about your life, your work, your relationships—everything.
Through His written Word, God provided the way for you to be changed from the inside out. The Word allows you to know Him and approach your life in a way that pleases Him—and is successful every time. (Read Isaiah 55.)
The renewing of the mind brings your will into agreement with the Father’s will. As you fill your mind with His Word by reading, thinking about, memorizing, praying, speaking out loud, even singing, you begin to think in a way that pleases Him, and His ways become your ways. You become, through His power and wisdom, a master of the circumstances of life. When difficulties or decisions arise, you automatically view them through the eyes of God’s Word. That new perspective changes everything.
The Father desires that His children be free now and live victoriously over the evil caused by Satan. He wants you to live His Word because it is the key to your deliverance and success. So begin renewing your mind now. Get God’s perspective about your marriage, your relationships, your ministry, your career, your business connections, your children, your health, your money and any other area. Renewing your mind on God’s Word will revolutionize your life for the better, and there’s no better time to get started!