“Therefore do not be partners with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.”
“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.”
Spending some time in an old devotion that I left unfinished this morning, like many others before it. I ran across these verses and it brought out a lot of really eye opening truths. I’m praying for you today and pray that these truths will open you up to be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
The first simple truth that hit me was, how are we transformed? Our mind must be renewed. How does that happen? Well, it takes patience in this every day process and complete surrender and trust to the Holy Spirit. It’s not something we can figure out or accomplish on our own, but thank God for sending us this helper by His Spirit!
To have our minds “renewed”, how? What? Why? When? Where? The first thing to think about after realizing that everything starts in the mind, transformation comes from the renewing of your mind. It’s the foundation of change in your life, how you get better starts between your ears.
First thing, think about what you put into your mind on the daily? Is it good stuff? Or is is pretty daggum terrible? Are you letting the lies of the enemy and this world run rampant through your head or are you filling your mind with truth, the TRUTH that comes only from God’s Word?
What are you putting in? That’s important because usually that’s what will come out! It’s not like a gum-ball machine where you put a quarter in and a bright pink ball of bubble gum comes out. You put bad in, bad comes out. You put good in, good comes out! It’s simple but hard to do well at times!
And the biggest and last thing I want to leave you with, these verses from Ephesians is talking about not listening to people who are trying to deceive you, tell you lies, and hurt you. In this context it was religious leaders but we still have many like this in our lives today. We face people who will try everything to get us off track, listening and believing their lies over Gods truth, and what stinks majority of the time, it’s all for their benefit. I was in Verizon yesterday getting a new phone, the guy was trying to get me to buy the whole store. I didn’t realize they worked for commission so when I heard that I understood it but what stunk, without my mom with me, I probably would have ate up what this guy was throwing down and ended up with a ton of unnecessary gadgets and money spent. I feel terrible for the people that are gullible like me with nobody there around them to help and keep them making good decisions.
From that example, just learned so much lately how Satan will try everything to get us “conformed to the ways of this world.” He will put people and things all around us with the goal of taking us away from the truth, taking us away from having our minds renewed or being transformed, taking us away from understanding and experiencing what is good, perfect, and pleasing to God, what Gods will is for our lives, and growing in this process of daily renewal with Him.
Lately, in my life, I have had a perfect example with this. I spent a season not surrounding myself with the greatest of people, putting more discouragement and lies around me than good things. I struggled really bad. Unfortunately we are influenced greatly by our surroundings. But then, after that season of so much pain, God placed some people in my life who spoke truth into my life, who constantly pushed me and challenged me, who constantly encouraged me in Gods Word and staying close to Gods truth. Having people around me that are on the same mission in this process of being renewed daily, it’s changes EVERYTHING!!!!
Don’t be conformed by the ways of this word, don’t listen to the liars and deceivers, spend time with good Godly influences, surround yourself with the kind of people that you’re trying to grow to be, surround yourself with champions and you will be a champion. But most of all, surrender yourself to the Lord daily and pray for the Holy Spirit to renew your mind showing you what is good, pleasing and perfect to the Lord!