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IT IS TIME TO RENEW YOUR MIND

Every day we live provides us with an opportunity to improve ourselves in every way by simply committing to work on ourselves daily in the process of renewing our minds.  The bible teaches us to study to show ourselves approved.  If we would only take the time to follow these few simple guide lines we can overcome many of the difficulties we face in this world daily.  The bible is truly our instruction manual, giving us a complete outline on how we can live and enjoy a healthy life style by simply renewing our minds.  Now listen to how this instruction manual teaches us on the renewing our minds:

Assuming that you have really heard Him and been taught by Him, as [all] Truth is in Jesus [embodied and personified in Him],

Strip yourselves of your former nature [put off and discard your old un-renewed self], which characterized your previous manner of life and becomes corrupt through lusts and desires that spring from delusion;

And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude],

And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness.  (Ephesians 4:21-24 AMP)

To have a renewed mind is to function in accordance with a new value and belief system.  The conscience houses the values and beliefs that govern our lives.  It is like stacking or storing information on top of information: The more we learn the more is stored.

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and [that your body] may keep well, even as [I know] your soul keeps well and prospers. (3 John 1:2 AMP)

Instead let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. (Ephesians 4:23 NLT)

It is clear from the Scriptures that you, as a Believer, are responsible for participating in the transformation process and ongoing maintenance of your thought life.  This is obligatory not optional.

Most people believe that renewing the mind is memorizing Scriptures.  And, thus, they spend hours memorizing verse after verse so that the Bible is always on ready recall.  However, memorizing Scripture and having Scripture govern our thought lives are two different things.  When the Bible speaks of renewing the mind, it is talking about a transformation in our decision making process.  This means changing the fundamental thought patterns and beliefs that are programmed into you.  Yes, programmed into you!

Your soul has five main components: mind, will, imagination, emotions, and intellect.  The soul of a person is what determines the unique personalities and characteristics of the person.  The spirit is the eternal part and will exist after physical death (1 Thessalonians 5:23)

Our minds have three components to the mental complex: the conscious mind, the subconscious mind, and the conscience mind.  These three work together in a dynamic way as our onboard computer to keep our lives on course.

The conscious mind handles the purposeful, conscious thoughts, and day-to-day decisions.  The initial reasoning and logical thinking that require concentration and purposeful thinking are handled by this part of the mental complex.  The subconscious, which is the autopilot of the conscious mind, has the responsibility to carry out automatically the finished work of the conscious Mind.

When the conscious mind has thought through a process and has accepted certain norms and values as truth, from that moment on, the subconscious begins to handle decision making at a level that does not require much conscious thought at all.  Your subconscious accesses your belief and value system and makes certain decisions automatically.

Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].  (Romans 12:2 AMP)

Now let me close with this final thought for each one of you who have taken the time to read this entire lesson and the many lessons we teach here daily, “Think globally, and work locally.  Looking beyond ourselves in the real and on line world, to reach out to others who might be in need, for we all are truly our Brothers Keeper, may the grace of God abide in you now and forever, in Jesus name, Amen.