Welcome to another opportunity to learn from the richness of the word of God. Today we would be considering the topic “THE RENEWED MIND – TRANSFORMATION.” Our scriptural text is taken from Rom 12:1-2 and Philippians 4:8.
“Rom 12:1-2 – I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
“Php 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.”
To start, I want us to take a look at the definition of the renewed mind from a holistic point of view.
“Transformation is a profound, blood-bought, Spirit-wrought change from the inside out.”
The renewed mind is the mind of God. The will of God for us as Christians is to have our minds renewed. God wants to continually transform us from the old sinful nature to His own true and perfect nature. Apostle Paul noted in his letter to the Ephesians that,
“Eph 4:22-24 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”
The apostle exhorted them that they had to put off the former way of life of the old man. They were to daily and consistently crucify the old Adamic nature if they wanted to be really serious with the Christian way of life. It is impossible for you to still have the sinful nature in you and carry the new man. “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;” Paul noted in this vs. 23 that, the only way they could put on the new man was by renewing the spirit of their minds. The same goes for us today, we have to be renewed in the spirit of our minds. Consequently, living holy and righteous lives will be easy for us if we put on the new man.
Renewing our minds as Christians is much more than positive thinking. It is harnessing the word of God and His power to transform us. We have to put away the old negative thoughts of doubt, hurt, fear, rebellion and strife. By doing this, we also have to put on God’s thoughts. We have to continually exchange our mind-set and thoughts for that of God. Also, I want us to note that we cannot keep saying “God, please give me your own thoughts” and somehow expect Him to automatically give us His mind. We have to first point out our selfishness and shortcomings by confessing, repenting and giving them in absolute surrender to God. After doing this, then God exchanges our minds for His.
Furthermore, God wants us to have His viewpoint in every situation and circumstance. He wants us to discern by His will and perspective. God does not want us to get clouded by the negative things we see around us, bogging us down and trying to wrongly impact our minds. If we can see and do everything we do from God’s perspective and mind-set, then we would be able to soar far above everything life hurls at us.
One of our bible texts for today, Rom 12:2 says,” And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
This verse expressly reveals to us the next step to be taken after putting off the old man and its lustful desires. The verse says “and be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” The only way we can be transformed into that image of Christ is by renewing of our minds. God wants us to undergo a complete metamorphosis of the inward thoughts so that they find expressions in our speech, actions and gestures. The tense used in Rom 12:2, is a continuous one “renewing.” This tells us that, God wants us to experience continual changes in our minds till it becomes the perfect replica of Christ. This is confirmed in 2Cor 3:18 that says, “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
We keep beholding, we keep looking at Jesus, and we are then changed into the quintessential glory of Christ, even by the Spirit of God.
Moreover, for us to be able to think and ponder on the wonderful things listed in Philippians 4:8 (true, honest, pure, just, lovely things and things of good report), we have to continually renew our minds.
Moving forward, the Bible often refers to the Eagle as a symbol of this continual renewing process. In Psalm 103:5, the bible says “Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
Youth in this verse of the bible is likened I believe, to the original and perfect image of love, power and wisdom God created us to possess. Therefore, as we renew our minds, we are being transformed into that original nature of God’s will. That is, to be perfect in love, power and wisdom.
Another reason why God used the Eagle as a symbol of the transforming process is because of the complete renewal of strength the eagle enjoys after each shedding of its feathers. Scientists note that the eagle has the exact strength and agility it has after each moulting. This also applies directly to us. As we exchange the old for new, as we renew our minds, we receive extraordinary strength to do exploits and overcome the temptations of the devil. Isa 40:31.
Conclusively, to achieve this continual renewal of our minds, we have to take reading and meditating on God’s word seriously. We have to decisively devour the word of God. This is because the renewal of our minds takes constant replacing the worldly knowledge in our heads with the potent word of God. This is to the end that we remember and apply the word of God in every situation and circumstances we find ourselves in. Prior to the crucifixion of Jesus, in His prayer for the disciples to the Father, he said, “John 17:17 – Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”
Jesus knew the potency and significance of the God’s word, that was why he prayed that God should, “change/transform/renew/set apart them (the disciples) with His Word.”
I pray for you today also that as you read, meditate, ponder and apply the scriptures, your mind becomes renewed, set apart and made holy by His words.
If you’ve not received Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, let me tell you that you are missing a great deal. You cannot in the least way enjoy the renewal of your mind. Come to Jesus today. He’s calling you to come.
Thanks so much for taking time to read this. A way of renewing your mind is by reading Spiritual posts like this and I am sure you are seeing changes in your life already even as you obey. Join us again on Thursday. God bless you.