Romans 12:2 says “And be not conformed to this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is that good, perfect and acceptable will of God.”
Today a new lesson was revealed to me about this verse that keys in on the renewal of your mind. If you think about a contract, subscription or even a lease, if you do not renew it, the benefits and allowances of it expire. You can no longer receive the things that were in the terms you agreed upon. Likewise I believe that our minds are that way. We will not continue to have the mind of Christ if we don’t renew it with God’s words and promises, therefore we will not see the changes God is trying to implement in our lives. This part to me seemed familiar and therefore easy to grasp so I wondered how the ‘be not conformed to this world’ part played a role in this lesson as well. Holy Spirit then revealed to me the danger of a tendency of the mind, which is to gather information and form conclusions. This process is natural and by no means bad, however that same process is done in research in order to form statistics or projected outcomes of a certain repeated event. While statistics many times are accurate and proven, we can not think like the world and wholly trust in the continued results of past occurrences. Proverbs 3:5 says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean to your own understanding.” Your own understanding is the conclusion that you’ve drawn about that situation that has always ended in a negative way. For instance, since grade school you’ve been a “bad test taker” so now that you’ve made it to college and you’re testing for a certification, you’ve already counted yourself out because the material is dense and you “just know” that once you get there and the nerves set in there’s no way you’ll be able to make it through. But, as a believer in the all powerful God, you are not allowed to use the statistics of your past test taking experiences to measure your ability in this current moment. Renew your mind, stop calling yourself a bad test taker first, then do what it takes to change the outcome. We’ve got to expect that God can and will do exceedingly and abundantly above what we can ask or THINK! That means if you think you’re going to fail, believe that God will not only allow you to pass but he’ll lead you to study and help you to retain the necessary knowledge for that exam.
A form of pity parties comes in us trying to prove to everyone and God that its impossible, we can’t do it and it will never change. But really you’re hurting God and selling yourself short. Of course it’s difficult to stretch your faith when you’ve seen things go wrong time and time again but hope is a fruit of the spirit and Romans 5:5 says that hope does not disappoint. All of life’s situations come in order for God to tighten us up in all the areas that make us more like Him. So before you build your case, with all your evidence from the day you were born up until this current moment, seek God and find out what he’s working on in the garage of your heart. Then ask Him to lead you to a scripture passage that will help to renew your mind in that area, like: “In all things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37)!
Don’t wait until the last minute or rock bottom to decide to change your way of thinking. Renew your mind daily so that you will have space in your mind to perceive the impossible when God does it!