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Friday, January 17, 2020

Renewed in Your Mind


Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
—Romans 12:2, NLT).

“Let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes,” Paul wrote. “Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy” (Ephesians 4:23-24, NLT). Your nature is new because your spirit has been born-again by His Spirit, but your mind needs to be transformed by the gift of His righteousness you have received. You “put on your new nature.” You choose for your mind to be renewed continuously and molded by the Holy Spirit. Because of His tender mercy, you wish to be changed by the incredible grace which saved your life. 

“Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think!” Paul declares in Romans 12:2. This statement is life-changing. To be renewed and changed by the Holy Spirit is a decision you make. In return, the Holy Spirit brings His power to transform and renew your thoughts and desires. It is your choice to “put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy” (Ephesians 4:23-24, NLT). It is your decision “to make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love” (2 Peter 1:5-7, NIV). When you purposely choose these qualities in 2 Peter 1, you put on the new righteous nature that Jesus credited to you on Calvary.

When you decide to grow spiritually into the new person He has made you, God faithfully changes your attitude. Your self-focused mind, which has fought fear and doubt, believes in His promises. You focus instead on others. When you consistently surrender your mind to the power of the Holy Spirit and choose to add these qualities in your life, you will be continually renewed in the “spirit of my mind” (Ephesians 4:23, NKJV). You shall not only be effective in what you do for Him, but you shall never look again at anything with a mind that has closed itself to possibilities. His renewing power will change your whole perspective. You shall know "in the spirit of your mind," the depths of His love, which continually changes you.
 
Don't copy the world or make yourself like anyone else. You are God’s creation to be molded by His Truth and Spirit. When you allow Him to renew you “in the spirit of your mind,” you shall realize His good, pleasing, and perfect will for your life. 
 
© 2020 by Lynn Lacher

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