“Do not conform any longer 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 12:2
I believe that God delights to do extraordinary things through ordinary people. For He invites us to be a world-changing, Kingdom-shaping follower’s. But for such to happen we must no longer allow old habits and thinking patterns steer us away from God’s will. For our Spirit desires to lift us higher, taking us to a new level within the Kingdom but our flesh is doing everything it can to root us in the earth. Our lives are shaped and formed by what we think about, by our motives and by our choices. The Lord desires to transform us by the renewing of our minds into likeness of Christ. For what we fill our minds with is so important as it forms us, grows our character and can either bring upon a character of godliness when allowing the Holy Spirit to pour into us or bring upon death when allowing our earthly flesh to mainatin control.
“Since you were raised from the dead with Christ, aim at what is in heaven, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God. Think only about the things in heaven, not the things on earth. Your old sinful self has died and your new life is kept with Christ in God….You have begun to live the new life, in which you are being made new and are becoming like the One who made you. This new life brings you the true knowledge of God.” Colossians 3:1-4, 10
When submitting to the Lord and His will, we must be willing to disciplin ourselves to break free from the hold of the flesh and die to ourselves daily. To no longer justify taking part in doing what the world does but bringing forth a life of purity and holiness in which, although living in the world, we stand set apart from the ways of it.
As men and women of the Kingdom of God, to bear His fruit we must be remaining in Christ, allowing our minds to be renewed daily. Asking ourselves whether what we are hearing is true? is it honouring to God and reflecting His purpsoes for me? is this right or wrong? it this thinking holy and pure? is my mind filled with beauty? and am I allowing my mind to be filled with that which has moral excellence, motivating me to a Godly behavior or encouraging others around me to walk with God?
For a spirtually trained mind will align everything else to such a degree that emotional issues will begin to be resolved and behaviour of Christ will begin to fall into place. May you fill your mind with His Truth, uplifting and encouraging words and filter what you allow to reside within yourself, as you are His Holy Temple and He desires us to remain pure and holy. For it is easy to fill our minds with negative thoughts, selfish motives and dishonoring desires.
“For as you recieved Christ Jesus the Lord, so continue to live in Him. Keeping your roots deep in Him and have your lives built on Him. Be strong in the faith, just as you were taught and always be thankful. Be sure that no one leads you away with false and empty teaching that is only human, which comes from the ruling spirits of this world and not from Christ. All of God lives fully in Christ (even when Christ was on earth), and you have a full and true life in Christ, who is ruler over all rules and powers” Colossians 6:6-10
May you be encouraged to begin to pray for a renwed mind, to be brought away from earthly thinking and for old habits which are not of the Kingdom to die. That we may be people, not only acting out the motions of serving the living God but also those who produce much of His fruit through there thoughts, there actions and motives. For what one thinks about will soon or later conform them to those thoughts.
“Brothers and sisters, think about the things that are good and worthy of praise. Think about the things that are true and honourable and right and pire and beautiful and respected.” Philippians 4:8
May the Holy Spirit empower you with His fullness to bring you into a new understanding of the fullness of life which Jesus Christ died for you to recieve. For when we keep our minds only fixed on the world, we begin to believe only what we can see and do, but faith is based on that which is unseen. For us to inherit the Kingdom and gain insight on that which is not of the world, our minds must not be conformed to this world.