“Do not conform 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 12:2, NIV)
I can hardly believe we are half-way through 2020. Back in January, I was energized and excited about the coming year. The calendar was full of events and travel plans, and the special anticipation of my daughter’s wedding.
On the first page of my 2020 journal, I boldly printed the word RENEW as my “word for the year”, with this bible verse:
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)
And then… the world seemed to turn upside down.
Maybe you are like me, and are feeling weary from the struggles of the last six months. Some days I have been overwhelmed with anxiety and depression, and struggled to combat negative thought patterns that seem to hijack my mind.
Lord, how can I get back on the right path, and live as your daughter in such a time as this?
I sensed the Lord answering my prayer by directing me back -- back to that first day of 2020.
Renew your mind.
A renewed mind leads to transformation in our heart and spirit. And do I ever need that!
In Romans 12, Paul encourages believers how to live out their faith in Christ in response to the amazing grace of Jesus.
Paul tells them NOT to conform to the pattern of this world.
I admit I often battle my tendency to “conform” – fall in line with, go along with – the pattern of the world that is prevalent today- that of pride, selfishness, unforgiveness, and rebellion against God as Creator and Lord.
The good news is that instead of conforming, we can be transformed, as we renew our minds.
God designed our brain in such a way that we can actually alter it by what we think, ponder, and meditate on! If we want to live out our faith and shine the light and love of Jesus in this turbulent time, our minds need to be sharp and clear, renewed and energized.
How can we do this?
First, develop an awareness of your thoughts! Ask God to reveal thought patterns that need renewal.
Consider what you let into your mind – social media, tv, radio, podcasts – what is filling your mind?
Meditate on God’s Word every day and speak it out loud. Fill your mind with truth.
Memorize Scripture that will renew and reshape your mind – perhaps starting with Romans 12:2, or Psalm 51:10!
Pray…and pray even more…and listen in expectation
I desperately need this Mind Makeover during the second half of 2020 – how about you?
Thank you for your Word, Lord, that is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path (Psalm 119:105)! We ask you to renew our minds with your truth. Amen!