Daily Devotional: Day 117
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Romans 12:2, NKJV).
There will be no true revival without a renovation of our minds. In the Bible, Jehovah reveals His mind to us. Likewise, when Jesus came into the world, He showed Himself to be the fullest revelation of the Mind of God. To renovate your mind, it takes an intentional effort to conform your mindset with God’s mindset as revealed in the Scriptures. Renovation of the mind is your responsibility. It won’t happen automatically. For so long, many of us have consumed garbage from television, movies, TV shows, magazines, ungodly music, anti-God public education (or “public indoctrination,” if you want), demonic ideologies, bad habits, toxic relationships, and even false teaching from the pulpit.
We all, in diverse degrees, have become victims at one point or another. We, therefore, need to be on a sustained detox program to purge our minds of toxic content. We need to repair and cleanse our mind on a daily basis through the healing spring of God’s unadulterated Word; because it is in the Word of God that we see clearly what kind of mind God wants us to have. This is a lifetime commitment, but the first step begins today.
Don’t go looking mainly for teachings that will stroke your ego or give you a good feeling. Crave, instead, for messages that will challenge you and even make you critically examine your Christian walk. You need that if you want a renovation of your mind. If you’re not being challenged, you can be sure that you’re not growing; you’re just enjoying a ‘Christian’ version of merry-go-round. You may very well enjoy the thrill of being entertained, but you will not move forward. And if you’re not moving forward, it means your mind is not being renewed, which also means you’re not being transformed.
You meet a lot of Christians, and when you talk to them, it’s astonishing how far their mind is misaligned with God’s mind. Not surprisingly, many Christians have a hard time discerning the will of God for their lives. They will often ask questions like, “So, how do I know if this is God’s will or not?” The solution to this problem is stated in today’s opening Scripture. Paul asserts that renewing our minds is necessary so that we can prove the will of God. The Greek word translated “prove” means to carefully examine, scrutinize or investigate the genuineness of something. God’s will is good, acceptable and perfect. But to discern this will, you need a renovated mind, i.e. a mind that is aligned with God’s inspired Word.
Without a renovated mind, you’ll have a hard time figuring out God’s will for you. But when your mind is in alignment with God’s mind, you can distinctly know His good, acceptable and perfect will. Transformation happens when you tune your mind to God’s mind. From today, make the effort to align your mind with God’s mind as revealed in the Bible.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you today. Amen.
Pray to our Father in heaven about what you’ve heard today.
For further study: 1 Corinthians 2:1-16