“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 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 approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:1-2 NIV
This passage of Scripture refers to “the renewing of the mind”. It would seem quite simple but profoundly true, that when our minds are renewed, we are in the best possible place for God to bring reward, refreshment and personal revival – a fresh awareness of God’s holy presence into the here and now of our lives.
How do we get our minds to be renewed? Psalms 139 goes a long way in helping us answer this question. While these three specific words are not used they are all described by various verses in Psalms 139. Every Christian should understand:
Omniscience – means God knows all things
Omnipotence – means God has all power
Omnipresence – means God is everywhere
When we choose to focus on these characteristics of God’s character, our problems tend to shrink in their seriousness and size. When we meditate on these three truths and contemplate the magnitude of God, our mind is spiritually renewed. Why? Because to confess that God knows all things is to acknowledge that He knows about me and my circumstances today. To confess He has all power is to acknowledge that His power is able to deal with anything in my life. The old adage is true – God is bigger than what is wrong. And finally, to confess Gods presence is everywhere is to admit He is where I am. And … if God is where I am the atmosphere is drastically different due to His divine presence.
Wow! Yes, a renewed mind is indeed a renewal of life. This renewed mind enables us to live with a God perspective and a God-consciousness that is inspiring. It is a blessing to God and it will allow our life to splash over and touch someone else for the glory of God.
Prayer: God, we pray for Your people to first and foremost enter this new year in true worship of our Living God. May we be willing to sacrifice our lives for You. May we dedicate our total person to living for God’s honor! As we focus on Your characteristics, may we progressively be transformed by the renewing of our mind. May prayer, reading of God’s Word, and meditating on Your wonderful acts fill us with joy and increase our faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen,