A Renewed Mind (Reading Time: 2:30 minutes)

WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?!  Our thoughts determine our behavior and are often loosely grounded in self-limiting beliefs instead of being anchored in foundational truths.  And knowing that our words, actions and even physical wellbeing are the direct result of our mindset, it is essential to every aspect of our lives that we consciously choose to set our minds on things above.  It’s been quite a while since my heart was so beautifully undone by the undeniable power of God’s Word, rendering me speechless as I sat in His presence, a tear-stained holy mess…with a renewed mind.  And I’d have it no other way.

We were not created to abide in a perpetual state of anxiety, distress, fear, frustration, panic, struggle or worry.  We were created to abide in Christ (John 15:5). We were created for thanksgiving and peace (Philippians 4:6-7). We have been set apart from the world – transformed – by the renewing of our mind (Romans 12:2) which happens when we demolish arguments and strongholds that oppose the knowledge and truth of God through the captivity of our thoughts in obedience to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5) by focusing them on the things of God (Philippians 4:8).

When I abandon Biblical obedience, I quickly become enslaved to the flesh. My human compulsion to fight and claw my way through this life, to carve a desirously smooth path through jagged and thorny terrain that possibly, I wasn’t meant to travel, leaves me bloodied and bruised, a victim of submitting my heart to human wisdom -pride- over God’s incomprehensible foresight and purpose for every moment of my life.

Broken. Scarred. Disoriented. Weary. Embittered. Is this not my physical condition apart from God?  Is this sabotalogical life pattern not rooted in the thoughts which I have planted, and meticulously cultivated, in my mind?

Alas, my flesh cannot live in a state of perfection this side of heaven.  Nor will my earthly life be devoid of trouble.  The departure of perfection in the Garden of Eden was the dawn of both spiritual and physical decay.  Jesus Himself declared that in this world, there would be trial and sorrow (John 16:33).  And though seemingly hopeless, this pronouncement was the delivery of a glorious promise shrouded in peace that we too can overcome this world through faith in Him!  So, while my soul longs for eternity for which it was created (Ecclesiastes 3:11), the quality of my physical life will be determined by the condition of my mind.

Answer then, my soul, this paradox – why cling to human wisdom and pursuit to your own physical demise?  Why commit such atrocities only to steal your health and disintegrate your bones?  A gluttonous mind that insatiably feeds on thoughts contrary to the truths of God will inevitably consume its host from the inside out.  On the contrary, a surrendered and obedient mind that feasts on the riches of Truth infuses life into the body and nourishment to the bones!  Why then, when my body is already predisposed to the consequences of imperfect DNA, would I compromise its fragile state by setting my mind on the things of earth, rather than the things of God (Colossians 3:2)?

Spiritual peace and physical health are in direct proportion to the renewing of the mind (Proverbs 3:7-8; Romans 12:2), for as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7).

Yes, soul, you can be at rest.  Mind, you can be renewed.  Life, you can be transformed.

Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life!
— Proverbs 3:5-8 (MSG)