“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 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
LIGHT FOR NOW: The Word of God must be your priority.
Paul admonishes believers to see their bodies as a living sacrifice. This is who they are. In the next verse, Paul says, “And be not conformed to this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…” The word, ‘transformed’ as used by Paul in this text means ‘a change’ from its Greek word. However, Paul is specific on how the change will occur ‘by the renewing of the mind’. He was referring to a change in thinking, a new way of thinking – this is repentance to the believer. Renewing the mind involves an exchange of information in the mind.
The believer will consistently exchange the information in his mind with the word of God. Thus, the more we are exposed to the word of God, the more our desires are altered and align with who we are. Any believer with a sinful habit would have to develop a habit for the word. No wonder Peter in his epistles said, “Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speaking; as newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow thereby” (1 Peter 2:1-2). A renewal in the believer’s mind is very critical to the transformation of his mind which will invariably affect his habits and character. It is a change in your thoughts that will bring a change in your habit. That is why the information you feed your minds on matters a lot. God’s word is the information that you need to feed your minds on, that will influence your thoughts causing you to align your desires, actions, habits and character with your realities in the written word.
The fruit of the new birth is our ability to walk in the word and to practice the word. We are word practitioners. The cure for sin or sinful habits for the believers is not forgiveness (because he is forgiven already) but repentance (a renewal of the mind). Repentance is therefore to turn around and fix your gaze on the word. Thus, the renewal of the mind is what handles sin or sinful acts in any believer’s personal life. When the believer turns to the word to align himself with his realities, which is repentance. So, to tell believers to repent means to tell them to turn to the word; it is to tell them to walk in the light of God’s word or to live by the word. Therefore, the renewing of the mind is very crucial to every believer’s life; the thoughts, words, appetites, desires, actions, attitudes, character or behavior must align to who they are in Christ. If your lifestyle must change, your thoughts must change; if your thoughts must change, what you feed your mind on must change. Live out these realities and walk as one who understands his nature as a new creature. Hallelujah!!
INSTRUCTION: Feed your minds with God’s word.
PRAYER: Lord, I declare that I am full of your word. Your word becomes my thoughts and words and my actions are in correspondence with my realities in your word, in Jesus name, Amen.
QUOTE: Your input determines your output.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: Ephesians chapter 5; EVENING: Romans Chapter 12