How Do We Renew Our Mind?

“God gave the way for us to be changed from the inside out by His written Word. He demands obedience and application in the way we see life, work, relationships – everything.”

The Word of God allows us to approach life in a way that pleases Him; Renewing the mind brings our will into agreement with the Father’s will. As we occupy our mind with His Word by reading, memorizing, praying & singing, His ways become our ways & we start having the mind of Christ.

In times of difficulties, now we can see through the eyes of God’s Word.

This I say & testify in the Lord: you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind.  Ephesians 4:17 

THAT New Perspective CHANGES Everything

Living in the freedom of God’s Word is key to deliverance and success from bondage. It’s important to align your mind with God’s perspective about:

  • Relationships, Connections
  • Marriage, Finances
  • Ministry, Career
  • Children, Health, Other…

Called to a Living Sacrifice & Holiness

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.

1 Peter 1:14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

We don’t have the power to change our hearts but
we do have the power to change our minds.
Paul Warns Believers to STOP Living the Old Life of Sin Like Unbelievers Do
We’re called to live a life of holiness and purity for God through a changed life with the power of the Holy Spirit working thru our new cleansed heart. David prayed, “Create in me a clean heart – O God” because he knew he couldn’t do it himself.
How Do We Renew Our Mind?

Bridges help overcome obstacles to reach the other side.

Daily choices make a huge difference long-term.

When you stop justifying sinful activities and old habits by changing your mind, God will change your heart.

            • A changed heart always leads to a changed life.
            • The main difference between Christians and non-Christians – is in the way they think.

THAT’S WHAT THE WORD REPENT MEANS: TO HAVE A CHANGE OF MIND. 

When you repent, really recognize your sins… Jesus comes in as Lord and Savior with the new birth and nature. In other words – a new heart. Which ‘heart’ (the old or the new) control your life from then on, depends on how you think. Solomon said, “as a man thinks in his heart—so is he!” That is why Christians are commanded to stop thinking like the world and start thinking like the redeemed children of God.

You’re not what you think, feel or say. You’re what you DO. Actions speak louder than words. Take a strong look at what you’re doing because change is what moves you forward. 

  • Choose actions to bring you closer to where you want to go.
  • Begin with small action steps and the behavior will follow.
  • Step up and prepare to see wonderful things happen.

 What’s Holding You Back Is WHO You THINK YOU’RE NOT.

You’re a lot more comfortable with what you know than what you don’t. You’ll have to let go of some comfort if you want to change. 

How Do We Renew Our Mind? So What’s Going On??

“Be of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
A thought in your head does NOT mean it’s your thought or that it’s true. Satan and his demons have the power to put negative, false thoughts in your head, making them sound like yours, but they’re NOT. They’re designed to distract and disable you, leaving you powerless of carrying out God’s purposes for your life. 

Take Every Thought Captive 

“You cannot keep birds from flying over your head but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair.” Martin Luther
Ready for good news? A thought that pops into your head doesn’t mean you have to believe it. You can actually CHOOSE what to believe and allow into your mind. 

You’re Not To Behave Like The World Around You.

The key to success, says Paul, is to be transformed. “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.” Romans 12:2 Transformation is a profound Spirit change from the inside out.

Surrendered to God’s Revealed Will, The Christian Life Is Radically FREE.

“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” 2 Corinthians 3:17.

“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery”Galatians 5:1.

  • Once your heart is changed, you can do from the inside what you LOVE to do.
  • You are truly set FREE from the power of sin, in Christ.

That’s what transformation means: You are transformed to love to do what you ought to do. That’s freedom.

Biblical Remedies

  • Peter describes the issues of the mind in 1 Peter 1:13–14, “With minds alert and sober… as obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.
  • There is willful suppression of God’s truth (Romans 1:18) – AND it makes us slaves to passions & desires that would lose their power if we knew God as we could/should. (1 Thessalonians 4:5).
  • Lose the former ignorance. (Ephesians 4:22). “Put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires.”

These Destructive Desires Get Their Life & Power From the Deceit in Our Minds.

Knowledge of God + Renewal of Mind = Transformation & Liberation From Sinful Passions.

Ephesians 4:17–18 says, “You must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.”

The Spirit is the one who renews the mind: it’s completely HIS work.

We mentally suppress the liberating truth firmly rooted in the darkness of our heart. When our hard hearts won’t submit to Christ, our minds cannot see the power in Christ because it is blinded. (John 7:17).

What Are We To Do?

Pursue Christ’s exalting truth and pray for truth-embracing humility.

  • Listen to rich expositions of the “gospel of Christ.”
  • Read your Bible from cover to cover always in search of revelation.
  • Read and ponder the writings of spiritual men and women saturated in the Word, exalting Christ.
  • Form the habit of meditating on the works of Christ.
  • Continuously pray that the Holy Spirit renews your mind, so you desire the will of God. so that your life becomes a worship song that is music to God’s ears. 

Many Reference Proverbs 31 For Good ReasonIn Proverbs 31, we see an all-out illustration of the godly wife and mother. She’s this virtuous woman worth far more than rubies. Who can beat that? Her husband trusts in her completely, she does him good all the days of her life. She knits, sews their own clothing, makes tapestry, she is never idle and her hands are always moving. She rises early in the morning and goes to bed late at night. She clothes her children well and they are never cold. She works the fields with her hands growing crop, then brings her stuff to the market to sell, and feeds her household well. She is a strong honorable woman, very generous to the poor and needy. Her husband is a well-respected man where they live and when she opens her mouth, out pours wisdom. Her children look up to her and call her blessed. So does her husband. She is not caught up in outward beauty; her beauty comes from her fear of the Lord.WOW!!!! Quite a standard to live up to, right?Many other proverbs give insight into how a woman of God is to walk, what kind of womanly influence she is to have in her household.

Follow me as we take a look and glean a few takeaways! These are more pieces of advice that address our hearts, tongues, and priorities – some specifically aimed at wives and mothers.

WOMANHOOD SPEAKS LOUDLY

  • Compared to Wisdom, the Lady Folly is rowdy, loud, naive and ignorant. Proverbs 9:13
  • A wise woman builds her house, but a foolish one picks it to splinters with her own hands. Proverbs 14:1
  • The man who finds a wife finds something good, and the favor of the Eternal is indeed his. Proverbs 18:22
  • Much like a gold ring in the snout of a pig, so is a beautiful woman who lacks good judgmentProverbs 11:22
  • Houses and riches may be inherited from parents, but a sensible wife is a gift from the Eternal. Proverbs 19:14
  • You would be better off living in the middle of the desert than with an angry and argumentative wife. Proverbs 21:19
  • A dignified wife brings honor to her husband; a shameful wife is decay eating at his bones. Proverbs 12:4
  • It is better to dwell outside on the corner of your roof than to live inside your house with a badgering wife. Proverbs 21:9
  • The alluring words of a seductive woman are a deep hole; the Eternal is incensed toward those who fall in. Proverbs 22:14
  • Foolish children bring misery to their fathers, and a wife’s bickering is a like constant dripping from a leaky roof. Proverbs 19:13

YOUR WORDS, DO THEY STRESS OR REFRESH?

  • When we speak brashly, folly is upon us seeking attention for ourselves.
  • Words of grace, discernment, and purity are pleasing in the sight of God and man.
  • Be fueled in God’s Word of hope! Stay away from worldly lust, keep your heart pure. 
  • Do you exercise wisdom or folly? Godly ladies build up others, lifting spirits that flourish. 
  • A woman’s behavior reveals her relationship with the Lord, and the value of her character

GOD SHARES ENCOURAGEMENT FOR WIVES OUT THERE

  • We have potential to be a direct blessing from Him, worth far more than any riches.
  • An upright wife brings glory and honor to her husband, she is excellence in her ways.
  • Her prudence—or thoughtfulness over others is a lovely fruit of her faith in the Lord.

A WIFE CAN MAKE OR BREAK HER HOUSEHOLD

Scripture’s Language Is Strong – Due to discontent, a nagging wife is a sorrowful thing in her household. Wow! Once she loses sight of Christ, the dangers of becoming quarrelsome and generating unnecessary friction increase dramatically.  The godly wife is to seek loving God and her husband wholeheartedly, for this leads to peace and prosperity.


MOTHERHOOD

  • 12. My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching. Proverbs 6:20
  • 13. A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother. Proverbs 10:1
  • 14. A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish man despises his mother. Proverbs 15:20
  • 15. The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother. Proverbs 29:15

Takeaways:

You may be thinking: these are about sons, not women! Yet the son reflects the mother, the one who teaches him.

These proverbs reinforce the powerful reality that our mothering has a long-term impact on the attitude of our children…and that we should be so deeply tied to the nurturing of our children that their disobedience or disrespect is heartbreaking.

The last proverb gives us a solution. It tells us moms that we have to be willing to love our children through discipline, correcting their wrongs with devoted discipleship, for it reaps godliness rather than shame.

While touching aspects of womanhood a little differently than Proverbs 31, these proverbs provide wisdom that remind us to speak sweet words, serve our husbands joyfully, and impact our children for good.