Romans 12:2 “And do not be conformed to this world , but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
“He says your mind doesnt he? Your mind is not you. Your body is not you. It’s YOUR mind and YOUR body. God did not make you a robot. He made you and He gave you a free will and He wants you to follow His instructions in order to gain victory in your life, in your mind, and in your body. He said in Romans the way I am going to get to the place where I am not conformed to this world is by the renewing of my mind! There is a renewing process that takes place according to the Word of God that actually transforms me. The Greek word means to change form. The butterfly is great example of this: He starts out as a caterpillar. The caterpillar builds a cocoon around himself, he’s in there, and there is something that takes place inside there that you can’t see. Something that takes place inside that you can’t see!” It takes time, but one day that old caterpillar comes out of his shell as a beautiful butterfly. His form has completely changed, his appearance is different, he acts different. The same thing is true spiritually, God wants to do something inside your mind! Renewing your mind is so important in order to live in victory over your flesh. It will transform you, it will change your attitude, it will change your appearance, it will change your life!
There are so many ideas in our world today that would love to get into our minds and dominate our thinking. We will always be “renewing” our mind to something (not necessarily the Bible). For instance you can renew your mind to what sickness and disease tells you, or what the economy tells you, or what the T.V tells you, or what your checkbook tells you, or what other people tell you that doesn’t line up with the Written Word. There are many voices in the world. So it’s important that you listen to the right voice. Renew your mind to what God has to say to you in His Word. Colossians 3:10 says “And have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him.” We need to become the image of our Lord Jesus Christ. To do this we must think the way He thinks – we must renew our minds with His Word. It does take time to change our thinking, but time in the Bible is NEVER wasted time!
Pastor Jim Overbaugh and Steven Overbaugh