How Do We Renew Our Minds?
Romans 12:1-2 tells us that the way we are “transformed,” the way we learn to live Christ’s life, is by the renewing of our minds. This basically means putting off our own negative and corrupt thinking and putting on God’s thoughts. So then what is “mind renewal” and why is”mind renewal” important?
Ephesians 4:22-24 tells us to “... put off (concerning our former behavior) the old man/old self, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind and that ye put on the new man/the new self, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”
A “renewed mind,” then, is one that has done two things: It has “put off” sinfulness, corrupt thinking, or any barrier that would quench God’s Spirit and has “put on” the mind of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). Renewing our minds is not simply “changing” our thoughts, but actually putting off the old, negative thoughts as well as putting on God’s thoughts.
In other words, we can’t just say to God, “Hey God….give me Your thoughts,” and somehow get Him to “au ...