Renewing the Mind

When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and personal savior we take on the nature of God.  Every quality and characteristic that He has is deposit in each of us the moment we acknowledge and receive Him into our lives.  This is not something that we can see physically, but it’s the unseen realm of our spirit that the Seed of God is planted. 1 Thessalonians 5: 23 – And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Man has a spirit, he has a soul, and he lives in a physical body. The spirit, the soul, and body are not the same.  They all have different functions.  With my body I contact the physical realm.  Through my body I contact things that are in this physical World.  Through my spirit I contact the spiritual realm, the things of God,  the presence of God and the power of God.  And with my soul I contact the intellectual realm with my emotions, my feelings, and my thoughts.  Each one has a different purpose, each has a different function, and each one of them must be in harmony with God’s Will. Hebrews 4:12 says, For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. So you see, there’s a different between the spirit, the soul, and the body.  Even the scripture reference the fact that the Word is what separate the spirit from the soul and divides asunder the joints and the marrow.  Each one has these three parts that comprise our entire being. When we made a decision to receive Jesus (Yeshua) as our Lord and personal Savior it was our spirit that was born again.  It’s the part of man that receives eternal life which is the nature and life of God.  It is the spirit of man that becomes a new creature in Christ Jesus. Our Spirit becomes alive to God.  It’s no longer dead or do it have that nature of sin on the inside.  It’s re-created.  It’s made new again.  That’s what takes place in our spirit. The Soul and The Body that’s something we have to work with and begin to renew.  Renewing of the mind is an on-going process. Your mind did not become new when you received Christ into your life.  You had the same mind.  Your mind has to be renewed.  Ephesians 4: 23-24 (RSV) And be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new nature, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. Before you can put on the new nature, you first have to take off the old nature by renewing your mind to the things of God.  Meditating in the Word of God day and night. In order for things to change in your life there must be a spiritual renewal of the way you think, the things you say, your attitude, and the things you do.  Philippians 2:5 say, Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.  In other words, your attitude should be the same as Christ.  The only way you’re going to know the attitude of Christ is by spending time in the Word of God.  You have to spend time with Him.  It’s your instructional manual (Holy Bible) for living. The battle starts in your mind.  When the Word of God renews our minds, we will overcome the negative thoughts and ways of doing things. Our thoughts will line up with God’s thoughts which is the Word of God.  Renewing the mind is more than just hearing the Word and reading the Word.  It’s more than just a gathering of new information into our brain.  Renewing the mind is changing.  Many people believes renewing the mind is just collecting new ideas, getting new knowledge, and understanding, but it’s not that alone.  Renewing the mind is all about changing. It’s a revelation as to who God is and who you can become when you renew your mind to the thoughts of God. Although you read your Bible and go to church regularly, but yet continue to sin every day you are not allowing the Word of God to catch root in you so you can begin to change.  Renewing the mind is all about changing.  Changing to the ways and thinking of God.  You have to begin to act out on what has been imparted into you.  You have to make the first step.  God can’t make you change.  Renewing the mind is more than just a religious motion.  It starts with you.  You have to begin to transform to the things of God and not the World. The areas where we disobey God are the areas we need to renew our minds.  You may be saying Lord I want to change, help me to change.  You can change when you begin to renew your mind about the way you think, the things you say and do. We have to change our thinking about how we see things.  You have to desire to change.  Your mind can work for you or it can work against you. The battle is in the mind.  The words that we speak are alive and powerful. Paul said in Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. You have to begin to fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right.  Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable.  Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.  If you’re thinking of things outside of that begin to cast that thought down immediately because your thinking is not lining up with the Word of God. You and I are constantly growing in our dedication, consecration, and commitment to the Lord.  If we are committed to Christ, our lives are being changed into His likeness.  Peter was fearful and denied Christ three times, but God changed Him into a powerful preacher of the Gospel.  Paul was murdering Christians thinking he was doing God a favor; but God changed him into a mighty teacher and writer of the Word.  The more time we spend with God, the more our mind will change and see how wonderful God is.  And the more we see how wonderful He is, the more we love Him and want to do what He asks us to do. We have to begin to live a life that is pleasing to God and not a life that is pleasing to this World.  Sometimes our motives can be wrong when focus more on pleasing our friends or this World when we should be focusing on pleasing God.  When you trust the Word of God and make a quality decision to renew your mind to the things of God, your lifestyle will begin to change. Receive the fullness of God and begin to renew your mind today! The Father will be right there to help you along the way.

 

About Outreach International Foundation Ministry

Outreach International Foundation Ministry is an evangelistic outreach ministry that is determined to see people “saved” from all parts of the world. Reaching out to change lives through the Word of God. Changing a Nation to the Glory of God. We offer Biblical training that will empower and encourage churches to confidently win the souls within their communities, cities, and states to the Kingdom of God; by sharing their faith of the Gospel of Jesus with an understanding that will bring about everlasting change in the lives of all people who receive Jesus as their Lord and Personal Savior. Outreach International Foundation Ministry P.O. Box 490933 Atlanta, GA 30349 Outreach.int.foundation@gmail.com 678.951.9276
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