Updated: Oct 28, 2020
‘Renewal of the mind’ is a bit of a Christian buzz word; but what exactly does it mean?
Romans 12:2 says ‘Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.’
Simply put, it is changing the way you think. We are ineffective as Christians if we conform to the world around us with its values and lifestyle.
Why does our mind need changing?
Our minds alongside our bodies are affected by the Fall, when we took a bite of that delicious apple and decided we wanted to do things our way. When we repented and came back to God ‘born again’, we still maintained a lot of the old ways of behaviour and thinking. We may only allow God to superficially change our lives, so there’s still a lot of mopping up to do.
Scientists are only just discovering something God created in us, that the brain has a neural plasticity - it is pliable, changeable and able to renew throughout our lives.
The brain is shaped by our thoughts!
The mind is KING and controls our thought life and behaviours. Our thoughts are powerful and if we fully understood this ,we would never again think a negative thought about ourselves. A healthy mind knows our thoughts are often wrong and we don’t need to believe all that we think!
As we change our thoughts, old ones will die (a bit like a neglected ditch falling in and filling up) and by replacing them with new thoughts (God's truth) new wiring is being laid down. This is called neurogenesis - that is the creation of new baby cells.
How to Renew your Mind
Constantly ask God to guide and direct your mind.
By memorizing scriptures we have a ready resource to pull on when needed.
Recognise self-defeating negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones - rewire with God's truth and actively choose to believe it.
Repetition in learning strengthens and establishes muscle and mind memory.
Get in God's way of thinking and living.
‘Our life is what our thoughts make it’
Go tell the scientists that!!