To renew our mind—how do we do it? We do it by adding Christ’s divine thoughts to our faith.
Peter tells us to “gird up the loins of your mind” (I Peter 1:13). The first item of the armor of God is to stand, “having your loins girt about with truth” (Eph. 6:14). Every Christian knows that the truth is in Christ. But the young Christian [and the old as well] has thoughts and concepts about Christ that are not Christ’s thoughts.
The apostles were writing to Christians who evidently needed to have their concepts of Christ’s gospel straightened out. Or they would not have been receiving those letters to the churches. It is the same today. The spiritual battleground is in the mind. We are led by our thoughts.
And God has given us the power to chase negative thoughts away and banish false concepts out of our minds. When our thinking has been purged and cleansed, then we will have been transformed, or changed. How is one transformed? “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove [discern, reckon as genuine] what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Rom. 12:2). We will be able to know what God’s perfect will is and how to walk in it. But our minds must be free from false doctrines. That is how the renewal begins.
Definition of Renew
To renew means “to make new again.” You mean, our minds were new once upon a time, and then they got sullied, and now they await a cleansing and a restoration to the purity they once held?
Could this “renewing of our minds” entail us thinking what Christ thought? We are admonished to let Christ’s mind be in us (Phil. 2:5). Think like Christ thinks. Let Christ’s mind be in you. You mean we must allow it to reside in us? We do this by moving out our old thoughts to make room for the new thoughts, which are Christ’s thoughts, thoughts that require faith/belief.
So what did he think about? He thought of the invisible heavenly things, not the things consumed by the five senses. “Take no thought for your life,” your visible earthly life (Matt. 6:25-31). He was submissive to the father in all things and taught us to do the same. In so doing, he was humble, giving glory and praise to the Father.
We must “let” His mind take over our mind. To do this we must know the plan and purpose of God. Christ always said, “I must be about my Father’s business” (Luke 2:49). He always did those things that pleased the Father.
Knowing the true plan and purpose of God is a big chore, but what is bigger is eliminating the old desires we had for our lives– our plans and schemes, our dreams for our own little futures. And they are little “compared to the glory that shall be revealed in us.” Our old lives are but “dung” compared to eternally being at His side.
Christ always taught His followers to repent from sin. This is the first step in getting rid of the false concepts about Christ. It is the cross that puts to death our old sinful selves, along with its desires, and enables us to “be raised to walk in a newness of life.” This shows us where our old thoughts were leading us and where the thoughts of God now bid us come.
First, we must get to that place of submission. We must leave the old life at the cross and take on Christ’s mission, which is establishing His Kingdom of love and righteousness throughout the earth and sharing his throne with his elect. That takes much study and prayer.
All this is for those human beings who renew their minds with Christ’s thoughts and are changed from selfish sinners into compassionate monarchs, soon ruling with Christ in His Kingdom right here upon earth. “To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne…” (Rev. 3:21).
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Do you help with addictions?
I can only tell you about how God cured my addictions [grass, acid, tobacco, booze]. I was shown a sign to look for. The religion or philosophy that had the old self dying and dead [with the body still living], that would be finding the truth. I would follow that, for I knew that that truth would cure me of an early grave.
I searched for 4 solid years. I could not find this “death of the old self” in any religion; I was slipping into nothingness, nihilism, when I finally found my sign.
It was a Bible study out in the piney woods of East Texas. I was visiting my mother who asked me to attend. Poor little cabin, 10 people there. And the teacher just happened to read from Romans chapter 6 these words: “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Christ, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.”
Right then, I stopped him. “Are you saying that the old self, the old sinful ego has died with Christ?”
“Yes, that is exactly what has already happened in God’s eyes. All we have to do is believe it. It is done. He that is dead is free from sin.”
It was that night that I learned about identifying my old self with His death, burial, and resurrection. I took a leap of faith and believed that He gave me a new sinless life. [Read Romans 6:1-11.] Believing this changed my life. It was like all my addictions fell off me like shedding a corrupt system that had me trapped for so many years. I was 24, and I never looked back–through the lean and the fat years. That was 51 years ago. Hope this helps you. All through these years, I have been my own greatest witness that Christ and His love is read and forgiving. I am living proof that it is true.
God bless you and yours. Stay in touch. Let me know if you have questions about this. kwh
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