Today’s Scripture: And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2
There’s a common phrase which I’m sure you’ve heard: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result each time.” That’s definitely a true statement; one that we could all stand to remember more often. So often we persist in sin even after tasting its bitter consequences, or we refuse to do the good we know we ought to be doing. Why is it that we’re so stubborn about change (especially change that relates to ourselves)? The answer can be found in a different expression: “If you always think what you’ve always thought then you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”
Our actions are a result of our thoughts and beliefs. To change our actions, our thoughts and beliefs must first change. This is why the Book of Romans instructs us to be transformed by the renewing of our mind. The word ‘renew’ is tied to the word ‘renovate’. When something is ‘renovated’, that which is old and decayed is stripped away and replaced with something strong and new. In order to make progress in the Christian life, we must apply the same principle of renovation to our mind.
No longer should our thinking and beliefs be molded by the opinions and views of the ungodly. We must consciously choose to reject them and in turn replace them with the ways of God. Our old ways must be torn out and the new ways of God installed. Once that is done, then our actions will change and we will see good results. However, too often, we hold on to our old thoughts and ideas and doubt God’s Word about what is right and true. This leads us to stagnate within the Christian life and prevents us from making headway in overcoming the weights and sins that hold us back.
Christian, be willing to exercise Biblical repentance and be willing to change your mind about the way life and the world works. Don’t get mired down holding fast to the old ways. Don’t let the world tell you what to think. Don’t allow your own ideas to dictate your thoughts. Renovate your mind by casting out your old beliefs and assumptions and replace them with what God says. Then your actions will change and the victory will come.
Devotional by Pastor C.J. Armstrong