Renewing Your Mind

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, this is your spiritual act of worship.  Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, his good, pleasing and perfect will.”  Romans 12:1-2 (NIV 1984)

January 14 – Renewing Your Mind

Begin your time with God in prayer.

Praise God for who He is.  Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him.  Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life.

Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart.

Read Romans 12:1-2 out loud.  It’s our verse of the year and we want to learn it.

Finally, brothers and sisters, 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 – Philippians 4:8

God transforms us as we renew our minds with His Word.  That means we identify thinking that does not glorify God or reflect our faith in Him and replace it with the truth of His Word.  For instance, when you grumble about a task you have been given, you identify that grumbling displeases God (Do everything without grumbling or arguing – Philippians 2:14).  Then, you replace the grumbling thought with Colossians 3:23, which says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”  As your motivation changes (to do it for the Lord), your attitude changes (you want to please Him and bring glory to Him) and then your behavior changes.  You can find joy when others find only misery. Instead of bringing dishonor to the name of God, your attitude and actions bring Him glory.

Apply God’s Word to your life.

Think about something you grumbled about this week.  What thoughts were going through your mind?

What truths from God’s Word could you have brought to mind that would have changed your attitude?

Think through the next 24 hours.  When might you be tempted to grumble or argue?

Plan to enter that situation armed with some verses which remind you how to please God.

Father, I praise You that You are a God who transforms lives from the inside out.  Use Your Word and Spirit in my life this week to continue to transform me into the image of Christ.  Convict me every time I am tempted to grumble or complain.  Help me to replace my grumbling with Scripture that focuses on You and Your will.  Then help me to live out that Scripture from the heart.  Amen.

Related verses to meditate on:

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  There is no commandment greater than these.”  Mark 12:30-31

"You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness."  Ephesians 4:22-24

"A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart.  For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of."  Luke 6:45

 

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