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God’s Process of Renewal

Romans 12:1-2 tells us to “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”  In Colossians 4 it contrasts the old life to the new life by it’s actions and character. We often are under the impression that God just cleans up our actions and changes them over time. But that is the outside stuff and God always works from the inside out. Before God can change your attitude or actions, He has to change your thinking. This can take some time and actually is part of God’s total process of sanctification.What God is doing in changing your mind is changing your thinking. Replacing the lies with the truth. Therefore, the greatest contribution we can make to God’s process of renewal is knowing God’s word. We need to begin to see this world from God’s perspective rather than our own. We need to realize is is God centered, not self centered. We must realize it exists for His glory and not our glory or pleasure. We need to begin to “think scripture” and when we do that is God at work in our lives renewing us beginning with our mind then our attitudes and finally the outside stuff.

Are you “thinking scripture?”


February 22, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Renew me

Psalm 51 is well known by most church going folks as David’s prayer to God after his great sin and cover up with Bathsheeba. After finally being confronted with his sin, he was moved to brokeness and repentance and cried out “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”  In this prayer David is certainly crying out for forgiveness and cleansing and to come back to the intimacy with God that he was new. What catches my attention is that he also asked God to renew a right spirit within him. It wasn’t just forgive me for what I have done but also change me so that I will never become this same man again. This is what true repentance is about. It’s not just forgiveness for wrongs but a desire to have a changed heart and actions and this only comes by the renewing power of God. Renewal is how God breaks the sinful habits and destructive cycles of our life. This renewing power is what brings hope that God can change us. Even if you have struggled with sin for decades, God can change and renew you. Maybe you haven’t been the husband or father that you should have been and trying to break the cycle of your old ways is hard, but guess what? God can renew you with His spirit. Ask yourself this question: Am I seeking removal of guilt or am I seeking a new way of life and the character of Jesus Christ himself?

February 16, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment