Renew Your Mind–Renew Your World   Leave a comment

From Andrew Wommack’s book – Harnessing Your Emotions

Renew Your Mind—Renew Your World

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 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 (Romans 12:1-2). In our spirits, we have everything we need to live the victorious Christian life. So, what is stopping us from doing that? We haven’t renewed our minds.

According to Romans 12:1, the first step in serving God is the giving of our entire lives to the Lord. But the second verse goes on to say that we are not to be conformed to this world. I like to say, “Don’t be poured into the world’s mold.” So the next step is the renewing of the mind.

When we present ourselves as a sacrifice unto the Lord, He comes and lives on the inside of us, but the rest of our Christian lives are spent being transformed by the renewing of our minds. In the Greek, the word translated “transformed” in this verse is metamorphoo, which is the root of the word metamorphosis (James Strong’s, The Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible [Nashville: Abingdon, 1890], “Greek Dictionary of the New Testament,” #3339.) This is the process that takes place when a caterpillar spins a cocoon, lives in it, and is transformed into a butterfly.

To have that kind of transformation take place in your emotions and your actions, you must renew your mind. Go through the New Testament, and read and meditate on all the scriptures that describe who you are in Christ. Recognize that when you made Jesus Christ the Lord of your life, you were born again. You don’t just get a new start or a new beginning; you have an entirely new life. There is a totally new person on the inside of you.

Then recognize that just as you were incapable of saving yourself, you are incapable of living the Christian life. It’s not just hard; it’s impossible for your old man to ever measure up to the new life. God had to give you a new man—a new person who is exactly as Jesus is, with His life, His nature, and His ability on the inside.

Get a mental picture of who you are in Christ. As you think in your heart, that’s the way you are going to be. If you think of yourself as an old sinner saved by grace, that’s how you’ll be. If you think salvation wasn’t a transformation but just a canceling of your past debt, you will continue to see yourself as a sinner. If you don’t see yourself as a new person, but only a sinner saved by grace, you will wind up sinning again and again and never be an overcomer.

But if you can begin seeing yourself as a brand-new person in Christ, you will begin to emotionally feel and physically act the way you are in Christ. Your mindset will be reproduced in your lifestyle. The Word of God—how God describes you—will be your image of yourself.

Get a real revelation of that concept, and begin changing the way you think. Change the perception you have of yourself from the old nature to the new nature. You are today the way you see yourself to be (Prov. 23:7). If you are defeated, angry, bitter, depressed, or lonely, it’s because you see yourself that way. You are seeing yourself in light of your problems. You are looking at failure and receiving what you see. But if you can begin to see who you are in Christ, then you can begin to reproduce that image in your actions and your emotions and find hope for today and tomorrow.

When you get saved, the Lord makes you a new person. If you have never made that commitment, I encourage you to do so today. Let the Lord make you a new person. Become born again by accepting His only Son Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. Receive His Holy Spirit to teach, guide, protect, and empower you. Then you can begin to esteem that new self we have talked about, and the life of God will pour out of you, transforming your life.

Let Christ live through you, and you will discover the real meaning, purpose, and joy of life as God intends it to be.


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