A New Mind

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Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 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.

                         (Paul to the Roman Christians. Romans 12:1-2)

Are you a child of your generation?

We will interact with our generation. There is no denying it. We can affirm what our generation tells us or we can think differently. Neither is good or bad. It all depends on whether we are affirming the right or wrong thing.

The Word of God calls us to think of our body “in view of God’s mercy.” He has clothed us with health, strength, goodness, and beauty. In view of our good bodies, instead of the broken body we deserve because of our sin, we ought to offer our body to God as a living sacrifice. That is worship. Because our body with its appetites dictates to our mind what to think.

The world has a pattern of thinking that is body-appetite driven. To live with the wisdom of God requires us to think above the way the world thinks. “Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world.” Conformity is easy. Do you have the courage and mental fortitude to think as God thinks rather than follow the ways of the world? In our own strength we will conform.

We all start at a bad place – conformity to the world. This is why we need to make our minds new again. To renew it as though it were new from God’s hand. This will transform our life. We will “be transformed by the renewing of our mind.”

When the Holy Spirit transforms your mind, you will see the good and perfect will of God. From there, you will test God’s will, and you will approve it, because you will see it is true, and it stands the test of truth.

Life is not about a compromise of views. For the child of God, it is the transforming of lives through the renewing of our mind. To conform to God’s mind is to be delivered from the corruption of our generation.

“Let God be true and every human being a liar.”
(Romans 3:4)

Pastor Peter Eng

 

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