Previously, I wrote a post on the portion of Romans 12:2 that says do not be conformed to this world (Read it here)
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 12:2 NKJV)
The purpose of this post is to give you some insight on what it means to be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
The Greek word for transformed is metamorphoó and it stresses an inward transformation. If you noticed in my post about conforming to the world, to conform focuses on the outside. Just in case it didn’t hit your spirit immediately, Romans 12:2 is focusing on an inward change that is reflected outwardly.
are were conformed to the world because your mind is was subject to this age rather than to the Word of God.
In this verse, the word mind comes from the Greek word nous. Nous is the “God given capacity of each person to think”.
Stop and marinate.
The instruction then is this: to experience an external change in your life, you must first change inwardly. Instead of conforming your thoughts to this age, conform your thoughts to God and His Word.
Many people avoid the topic or choose to disagree with the power of the mind, particularly within the Believer. The reasoning for why I think that is could be a post in itself so I won’t go there. But the mind is the battlefield.
The enemy throws thoughts and feelings at you hoping you will receive them, meditate on them, allow them to transform your thinking, and then act accordingly. Feelings and thoughts that are contrary to God’s Word such as fear, sadness, anger, doubt, worry.
What do you do?
If your are having thoughts or feelings or are experiencing temptation that is contrary to God’s Word utilize your weaponry against the enemy.
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ… (2 Corinthians 10:4, 5 NKJV)
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; (Ephesians 6:11, 17 NKJV)
You must slay whatever the enemy throws at you with your sword, which is the Word of God. When you are experiencing something that is contrary to God’s Word, find a scripture in the Bible that is relevant and utilize it in prayer.
If you are feeling anxious you say: I am anxious about nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving I make my request known to God (Philippians 4:6)
If you are feeling fearful: I didn’t receive the spirit of bondage again to fear but the spirit of adoption by whom I cry out Abba, Father (Romans 8:15).
If you are nervous about giving: I stand on Your Word which says give and it shall be given unto me good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over (Luke 6:38).
Do not allow the strongholds of culture, tradition, media, etc frame your mind. If you want God’s good, acceptable and perfect will for your life submit your thoughts, feelings, and actions to Him. The Bible says resist the devil and he will flee from you; but you have to know you’re being attacked before you can fight. Read God’s Word so you can recognize the tricks of the enemy.