Friday, August 12, 2011

Give Up Part 3: New Mind

So last week we looked at some of the consequences of drifting away from God. When our relationship with God is distorted we become immersed in feelings of confusion, loneliness, and continued pain. As long as one does not have a right relationship with God, these feelings will persist. Notice that all these things have an effect on the state of mind one is in. Why is this so? The farther you are from God, the more cluttered your mind will be. Therefore, your life will be worse as well.

So what is the next step in getting back in God’s will? Letting him renew your mind. Let’s look at Romans 12:2 (KJV)

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Paul here is talking to a group of Christians. If we want to walk in God’s will for your lives we must not be conformed to this world. Conform basically means “follow the crowd” or just doing what everyone else is doing; which we have already determined leads to more and more pain. God, on the other hand, is the only One who can transform us. Transform literally means to alter, change, or convert. Through Christ, God can actually change your mind. He can give you a new mind. The Bible tells us that anyone who is in Christ is made new and old things are passed away (2 Corinthians 5:17). We are also told that we are dead to sin and alive through Christ (Romans 6:11). Just as Christ literally died and rose again, the Christian is literally dead to sin and can have a new life through Jesus’ power.

Someone out there is spiritually exhausted because you have been trying to do this alone. You can’t change your actions because your mindset is still the same. You don’t have the power to change your mind. Only God can give you the new mind that you need to focus on Him and follow His will. First you have to know Jesus personally. After that, however, there is an opportunity to know God intimately. God can make you new, brand new, but you have to step back and let Him work.


Meditation Scriptures

Psalm 139:23-24 "Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."

Colossians 3:1-4 "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory."

*Think about how these apply to you*

Prayer

God, I come to You confessing that I have been trying to succeed by myself. I can’t take it anymore. I need help, Lord. I need you. Please search my heart and mind to help me see what areas of my life are unclean. Not only that Lord, help me eradicate these unclean areas. I don’t want ANYTHING in my life that is not pleasing to You. Renew my mind, Lord. Help me to study Your Word and talk to You all throughout the day. Let my mind be new so that my actions will follow and I can please You.

~Amen

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