Renewing Your Mind

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Last night at The Living Room, as we continued our series Shift, we focused on Romans 12:2: 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. We focused intently on the idea of renewing our minds, and we looked at the word “renewal” in the original Greek language, which is “anakainosis.” The prefix “ana” means “again” or “repetition.” So, if we are going to have a complete changing of our minds, one of the best ways to do this is to say truth repeatedly so that we will literally change the way we think. The challenge is to begin memorizing Scripture. Last night, we handed out Romans 12:1–2 as one Scripture to memorize. Here are three others  that will help you focus on the importance of renewing our minds.

Philippians 4:8: Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Ephesians 4:22–24: You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Colossians 3:1–3: Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

Write or print out each of these Scriptures and put them in places where you will see them frequently. As you come across them each day, carve out a few more minutes to repeat them. I usually say them out loud, which is awkward if you have roommates, but it can also be fun. Over the next few weeks, I believe you will be surprised by how much your thinking will change by just taking a few moments throughout your day to renew your mind.

-Brad