Friday, 9 October 2015

Renew Your Mind

Scripture: Ephesians 4 v 22 - 24:
"That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that you put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness."

When we come to know Jesus we carry our baggage with us instead of leaving it at the Cross.  This baggage is stored in our souls. Our soul consists of mind, will and emotions which tend to dominate our spirit and flesh. We override Bible wisdom and instruction with our common sense and logic, which satisfies our flesh but it does not please God.

Our "old man" dies when we are baptised which should take away our worldly habits, flaws and desires. However our will and emotions join up to remind us of the pleasures of sin. The spirit is willing to follow Jesus but the flesh is weak. We have good intentions but procrastinate and forget. Or we are just plain stubborn and cling to our "old man" like a baby to its dummy. One day you have to chuck that habit. You can't sit in a boardroom sucking a dummy.

Its only when we are willing to accept separation from the old sinful way of life that we truly enter into the body of Christ and the blessed fullness of the life of abundance through the new birth. We can only experience it when we courageously put on the New Man (the likeness of Jesus) and enter in to the Invisible Body of Christ. Then we know what righteousness and holiness means.

God created this new man and Jesus Himself was the first to put it on. That means it transfers to us when we are baptised in water. We don't really have a choice but until we renew our mind by filling it with heavenly treasures our old man will continue scratching in the dirt. So choose today if you will put off the old and put on the new so that you are free to enjoy the fruits of righteousness.

The way to renew your mind is to actively assess what is stopping your full and active spiritual growth. You need to fill your mind with good thoughts, clean speech, Bible reading, praise singing and prayer for others. While doing that observe when your focus wanders and distractions enter. Satan jerks your old man into service when you get close to discovering the truth of walking in the light of Jesus. So learn new Godly habits. Get rid of all uncleanness and your mind will be renewed daily. 

Prayer: Father God, help me to demagnetize my old fallen nature that clings to me because I don't know what the nature of Jesus will really do for me. Rejection and scoffing by friends is my big fear but I must be a hooligan to stay with them. Help me see that my true friends will still love me. And love me even more because Your love will shine through. I accept with gladness the new man. In Jesus' name. Amen.