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RENEWING THE MIND

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What Is Mind Renewal & Why Is It So Important? Be Ye Transformed There are words floating through our mind at all times; some are good and purposeful, and others are not. Our mental speech generally contains too much selffocused and self-defeating babble. Romans 12:1-2 tells us that the way we are “transformed,” the way we learn to live Christ’s Life, is by the renewing of our minds – putting off our own negative and corrupt thinking and putting on God’s Thoughts. As I continue speaking on being transformed by the renewing of our minds, I want to cover two important questions. 1) What is “mind renewal?” And, 2) Why is “mind renewal” so important? Ephesians 4:22-24 exhorts us to “… put off concerning the former conversation (behavior) the old man (old self), 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 (the new self), which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” A “renewed mind,” accomplishes two things: It will “put off” any sin (any hurt, doubt, fear, rebellion, selfcenteredness, lust, bitterness, etc.), any corrupt thinking, or any barrier that would quench God’s Spirit and will “put on” the Mind of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). Renewing our minds is not simply “changing” our thoughts, but actually putting off the old, negative thoughts as well as putting on God’s thoughts. We can’t just say to God “Lord, give me Your Thoughts,” and expect Him to “automatically” give us His Mind. We must first put off our own self-centered thinking by confessing, repenting, and giving it to God. Then we can put on the Mind of Christ. To renew” means to exchange one thing for another. When we put off and put on, we’re exchanging our thinking for God’s. If we’re not willing to set aside and get rid of our own thoughts, then our thinking process will never be renewed and our lives will never be transformed. There are reasons why “mind renewal” is critical. God wants us to have His Mind (His thoughts, His position) in every situation. He wants us to have the supernatural ability to discern everything that happens to us from His perspective, and not get bogged down and buried by our own negative thoughts and feelings by what we can “see or think” what’s going on. If we can think from His perspective, then we’ll be able to “soar” above our circumstances, our problems, and our trials and not get buried under them. Isaiah 40:31, “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” These are true over-comers. “Overcoming” simply means freedom from self, freedom from our circumstances and freedom from others’ responses. A renewed mind, putting off our own negative thoughts and putting on the Mind of Christ is the only way we can begin to see everything that happens to us from God’s perspective and not get buried by our own. God wants us to be transformed to be like his Son, Jesus. Jesus was totally focused on the will of the Father. Because that was true of him, it will increasingly be true of us…and someday, that work in us will be complete. WHOSOEVER WILL WORSHIP MINISTRIES LaMarque, Texas 77568 Assoc: Pastor Wesley Fulton Need Prayer call: 409/938-1757?

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