Today I’m excited to have a guest post from Jordan Brown. Jordan is a pastor’s wife, District Ladies President, works with youth and children’s ministry and a mother to two beautiful kids! But besides all that, she was my best childhood friend and our friendship continues into adulthood. I respect her walk with God and insight into the Word of God. We hope to see more of her writing in the years to follow!
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 (don’t fashion yourself like) to this world: but be ye transformed (metamorph, change) by the renewing (renovated, remodel, make new) of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:1-2 KJV)
The apostle Paul is writing this letter to Christians in an established church at Rome. If you call yourself a Christian, then this verse applies to you. He is telling us we are not to fashion ourselves after this world; we shouldn’t try to look like, act like, or copy the things the world does. When we become Christians we are to be transformed, or changed. According to verse two the only way to live transformed is to renew our mind, or in other words, change the way we think. We are to renovate our mind and get a new one and when we do this we are showing the world the perfect will of God. As a Christian, it is our job to show this world what God’s will is for mankind.
I wish I could say this happens immediately once we are saved. However, it is a process that will be ongoing for the rest of our time on this earth. God does deliver and forgive us from a lot of stuff that has our minds messed up; but becoming a completely transformed creature by renovating our mind is a lifelong activity that we are continually working on. Unfortunately our culture and society has a way of conforming us to its ways of doing things, and its ways of thinking. It is very easy to buy into the things the world is telling us without even realizing it. Your mind and thoughts are something you have to stay on top of AT ALL TIMES. Your mind is a continual battlefield. In fact, almost all battles you will face in this life are in your head. Have you ever heard someone say “It’s all in your head?” Well, they are right
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;)
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (2nd Corinthians 10:3-5 KJV)
Somewhere along the line I realized that these verses are talking about our mind. Take a look at the words it uses: strong holds, imaginations, high things (or prideful thoughts), and thoughts. All these words are referring to the things going on in our heads. It’s all about the mind!
Going back to the verses in Romans, what’s the only way to renew our minds so we can be changed and not conformed to the world? By the Word of God. Reading the Bible is not just something we do so we can check it off our to-do list, it’s our lifeline! It is what is going to help us get through this world without becoming conformed to it. We hear voices everyday and we need to decide what we are going to listen to. How do we know which voice is right and which one is wrong? Again, it is only by the Word of God. The more time you spend in God’s word, the more you will be able to distinguish if the voice you are hearing is from God or not. If the thought does not line up to God’s word you can cast it out of your head; you don’t have to listen to it. The more you do this the easier it becomes. It gets easier to say no to this world and easier to clearly hear God’s voice. And the more you do this the more you mind is renewed and you will gain a new mind. Each time you throw thoughts out of your head that are not biblical you are, in essence, doing a remodeling project in your head. Once your mind is renewed you can then start living the transformed life of a Christian, and can start showing God’s will to the world. And what is God’s will for us? It is to walk “in” this world but not be “of” this world. However, this only happens if you get a daily relationship with your Bible. It’s also a great idea to memorize some scripture so you can constantly combat the wrong voice. Remember, it’s a battlefield, but you can learn to control your thoughts. So dig into the Bible and start remodeling your mind today!