Does renewing your mind ever seem like an impossible task? For me personally, changing the way my mind thinks and processes information seems like a daunting task. But there is hope! (Thank goodness – right?) When the Bible discusses the concept of renewing your mind, it places much of the emphasis on us. We have to be the ones to make the choice to think differently, but that doesn’t mean God left us empty-handed. In fact, He never calls us to do something He hasn’t already equipped us to do.
Imagine you are wearing a tool belt…
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Here are three tools you will find in that belt to help you in your task of renewing your mind:
- The Bible
You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:14-17
God’s Word teaches us about Jesus, that He is indeed the promised Messiah. It also teaches us, rebukes us, corrects us, trains us, and equips us. Needless to say, it is single-handedly one of the most amazing tools we have as believers in teaching us the truth about who God is, what He has done for us, and how we should live as His children.
When it comes to renewing our minds, the Bible gives us the knowledge we need to combat the lies of this world. After all, Jesus responded with Scripture when the enemy tested Him in the wilderness. Because it is “God-breathed,” we can trust it as a source of truth and we can rely on it when we are faced with doubts or difficult times.
- Our Brothers and Sisters in Christ
Looking back throughout His Word, it’s pretty clear that God is all about relationships. He cares about how we love each other. If you look at the Ten Commandments, for example, you’ll notice that six of the ten are about how we relate to one another. The Law taught the Jewish people to love each other as they loved themselves.
But Jesus took love to another level….
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” – John 13:34-35
We aren’t just called to love others as we love ourselves, but rather we are called to love the same way Jesus loved us – sacrificially and unconditionally. He forgave us even before we repented of our sins.
Jesus left to prepare a place for us; and while He is away, one of the most amazing gifts He gave to us was each other. When we are born again into the family of God, we literally inherit a family of believers to lean on. And at the same time, we need to be readily available to be leaned on by our brothers and sisters in the faith.
- The Holy Spirit
I saved this one for last because I believe it to be the most important.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. – John 14:26
It’s the Holy Spirit who transforms our hearts and minds. He is responsible for teaching us how to live righteously. He gives us boldness to share Christ, and He comforts us through difficult times.
The Holy Spirit reminds us of our hope in Jesus when the world around us seems utterly hopeless.
Without the Holy Spirit, the other two tools on this list don’t mean as much. It’s the Holy Spirit that illuminates God’s Word and makes it alive and active. And it’s by the Holy Spirit that we can identify ourselves as children of God and love one another unconditionally as Christ loved us.
With the help of the Holy Spirit, God’s Word, and our family in Christ, there is hope when it comes to changing your thought life. God certainly equipped us with everything we need to live in Him with a renewed mind.
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*Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.