“I am so busy” ~ have you used that response when asked to do something? I have used the “I’m busy” expression to politely say NO. I began to realize that I needed to begin renewing my mind because my priorities were out of order. There were times that I was a “Martha” and so busy that choosing the “better part” like Mary and sitting at Jesus’ feet to wash my mind with the word of God (Luke 10:38-42) was challenging.
How busy are you? Do you find yourself being overwhelmed with family, ministry or workplace responsibilities? How can you renew your mind when the “busy” in your life are taking priority over washing your mind in the word of God?
Renewing your mind daily is the key to overcoming the challenges of everyday life.
In order to obtain positive results in our life, we must renew our mind. We must make a conscious effort and be driven on a daily basis to renew our minds in order to maintain the mind of Christ. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and prove what God’s will is – his good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2
What does it mean to have a renewed mind? How can we obtain a renewed mind if it’s always cluttered with outside distractions?
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WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO HAVE A RENEWED MIND?
When we have a renewed mind we are able to know God’s perfect will.
I remember a visit to Rubble Mountain and the Holy Spirit speaking to me about going around and around in circles doing “my will” and not His will. This reminded me of the children of Israel who wandered 40 years in the desert when the journey would have taken 11 days.
STEPS TO A RENEWED MIND
KEEP A POSITIVE MINDSET WITH SCRIPTURE MEMORY.
In the book “Battlefield of the Mind” by Joyce Meyer reminds us to “Think about what you’re Thinking about“. Ephesians 2:3 Sometimes our thoughts keep our minds busy but not in a positive way. Before we know it, our minds can take us down a bunny trail and we spiral out of control. Negative thoughts steal mental space in your head.
Philippians 4:8 instructs is to think about “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (NIV)
When you catch yourself thinking of something not on this list quickly choose to change your thoughts. Yes, I know this is easier said than done. Many times we allow destructive thinking to consume our thought-life.
That’s one of the reasons I began memorizing Scripture and Confession Scripture Praying.
I have a Bible that my children gave me, but it’s not always with me. When I’m washing the dishes, driving to the store, or doing other homemaking duties that I do not have the time to sit and read my Bible, but I can have hidden God’s Word in my heart.
Just one verse a week can make an amazing difference in your life. I began by writing a verse down on a notecard and pasting it, but you can find some scripture cards in this Scripture Toolkit.
When I sense my thoughts wondering and I’m in need of some mental direction, I have a few scriptures already packed away in my memory to pull from. And every time I bring these scriptures to mind God’s truth fights away any negative thoughts trying to get me off track.
Try memorizing one verse this week and see what happens.
TAKE TIME OFF OF SOCIAL MEDIA
You may need to give yourself a break off of the internet. Do you need to know what the Kardashians are wearing, what Jane had for breakfast or who won the lottery? We lose a lot of time browsing our “feeds” on social media? “Junk in Junk Out” is what my Mom says.
All of us have emails and work to do, but schedule in some NO INTERNET TIME will free your mind from being filled with meaningless information and give you more time to focus on what matters most.
STUDY YOUR BIBLE.
This is different from a daily devotional or Daily Quiet Time, but a time where you are digging deeper into the Bible and learning how to apply it to your life. One method I enjoy using is the S.O. A. P. Bible Study Method. The great thing is that you can do this alone or with a group. Take the time to Observe what the Scripture is saying; Ask the Holy Spirit how to Apply it and then spend time Praying. I suggest studying a topic or an area where you are struggling. When you fill your mind with God’s word you don’t have time to listen to the lies of the enemy. Pick up our Monthly Bible Reading Plan and maybe Join our Bible Study Facebook Community.
I’ve spent too many hours in prayer simply talking but didn’t take the time to listen. If we want to change and renew our minds, we need to hear from God. His words are powerful! I encourage you to make sure every time you pray to God learn how to Be Still and listen to what He is saying.
BENEFITS OF RENEWED MIND
- Joy. The stresses of life can rob you of joy. The Joy of the Lord is your strength to overcome every obstacle. (Nehemiah 8:10)
- Peace. When you walk in peace your mental and spiritual attitude creates a sense of well-being. You can walk in peace and not allow the stresses of life to overwhelm you. Reading the Word of God, and prayer and meditation on His Word, help you to walk in peace (Isa. 26:3).
- Focus. When your mind is renewed, your thoughts align with God’s thoughts. You see your situation from God’s perspective. This will begin to build your faith and confidence in God.
- Trust. God is committed to helping you overcome every obstacle confronting you. Trusting God is relying on His ability to bring you through difficult times and work all things together for your benefit (Rom. 8:28).
- Love. You can be assured that God is with us in difficult times, helping and sustaining us, demonstrates His love for us and increases our love for Him. No matter what you experience in life, God is greater than any difficulty.
- Grace. When you are overwhelmed with life matters, God’s grace is available to help you. No matter how overwhelmed you, remember God’s grace is sufficient.
Renewing our minds with scripture is an important and necessary condition for God’s will to be done in our life. We are then equipped to live the life God has purposed for us to live.
When our minds are renewed, this transforms us out of harmful patterns and into a life that glorifies our God.
When we study the word of God we Renew our minds and they become Revived, Reset, Regenerated and Restored.
Are you tired of complaining and not walking in your purpose? Are you ready to RENEW your mind by the washing of word of God.
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