Living Sacrifices - Our Minds – Part 2
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 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." Romans 12:1-2
Temptations will come, but greater is He who is in you to empower you to resist them, than he that is in the world. And He that is in you will cause you to overcome the world every time. Fear not he that is in the world, the thief, that only come to steal, to kill, and to destroy us. But have faith in God!
"The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." John 10:10
Jesus now lives in us to redirect our attention and our thoughts toward Him and away from the beguiling, seductive serpent and all his lies. Jesus will never lead or direct us toward sin and temptation. The devil will always, only direct us towards sin and temptation.
"No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it". 1 Corinthians 10:13
"For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." 2 Corinthians 5:21
You cannot truly have faith in something you don't believe, and you can't truly believe something or someone and not exercise faith in them. Faith is the action(s) we take based on what we truly believe.
"But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." Hebrews 11:6
Faith demands belief or it is not faith. Belief demands action or it is merely dead faith.
Now since faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God, it follows then, that in order to have faith we need to hear more and more of the Word. As we do we begin to understand more and reorder our thinking to conform to the image (the mind) of Christ. As we meditate the Word continually, we store it up in our hearts until it takes root and springs up in abundance as the fruit of our lips, the words we speak (particularly under pressure) because out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
We are now, and overtime we are being made evermore fully the righteousness of God in Christ. The renewing of our minds is the first step towards the fulfillment of that promise.
How do we renew our minds?
First, by reading the Word,
by hearing the Word,
by meditating the Word and
by acting on the Word of God,
by filling our minds with the Word and
by keeping His Word before our eyes. That is, keeping Jesus, The WORD, before our eyes.
What if, instead of spending so much time on social media, or watching TV, or listening to the endless news/opinion/indoctrination cycles, we spent even half that time reading, meditating, praying and pursuing God' s Word to learn His ways, and to hear what the Spirit is speaking to us? How much stronger would our faith be? How much more joy would be in our lives? Hoe much more effective would our prayers be? How much more fulfilled would we be? How much more ready to live the Word would we be, and how much more fulfilled would we be pursuing the call of God to preach the Word to every creature? How much more fully would our minds be renewed?