Romans 12:2a (NIV) – Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Ephesians 4:23 (NLT) – …let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.
Philippians 4:8 (NLT) – And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
The Apostle Paul deeply understood how critically connected our thought life is to our faith life, and that transformation is dependent on the renewal of our minds by the Spirit.
“The purpose of spiritual disciplines is the total transformation of the person. They aim at replacing old destructive habits of thought with new life-giving habits…The discipline of study is the primary vehicle to bring us to “think about these things.” …Good feelings will not free us…Without a knowledge of the truth, we will not be free.” (Foster, Celebration of Discipline)
To begin the discipline of study, we can employ four steps (Foster):
– Repetition(R) keeps us in a specific direction
– Concentration(C) focuses our attention
– Comprehension(C) defines the truth
– Reflection(R) identifies the significance of the truth
And these steps must all be wrapped in humility(H).
Let’s apply this to Romans 12:2 – say it several times, focus on each phrase, ask God to help you understand it from His perspective.
Prayer: Lord, please fill me with your Spirit of revelation to know your truth and to renew my mind. In Jesus’ name, Amen.