Let’s start with the basics. Why does your mind need to be renewed? The Word says in Romans 12 not to conform to the pattern of the world, but to be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Mind renewal is important because the world wants to put labels on you. These labels usually begin as words from others that become thoughts in our minds. These labels can be names we are called, diagnoses given to us, or even ideas from the enemy that pops into our heads and try to define us.
Did you know that you have about six thousand thoughts each and every day? Some of these thoughts are rooted in feelings, some are rooted in facts, and some are rooted in the truth of the Word. When we allow these thoughts to go from our head to our heart, they are on their way to becoming actions. Proverbs 23:7 backs this up. “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he”. This is the WHY. This is the reason we must renew our minds daily.
One way to cut down the number of negative thoughts in your mind is by being mindful of who you allow to be close to you. The company you keep matters. Who you surround yourself with matters. Think of the top 5 people you spend time with and share life with. Are those people speaking life or death over you? Are they trash inspectors or treasure hunters? 1 Corinthians 15:33 tells us not to be deceived, bad company corrupts good morals. Proverbs 13:20 lets us know that a man who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. Don’t misunderstand, this isn’t to say not to be a friend to people who are living the world’s way. You can be a friend to them without allowing them to be a friend to you. Depend only on those rooted in the word to speak into your life!
You renew your mind by changing your thoughts. 2 Corinthians 10:5 says, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ”. Every thought that doesn’t line up with the word must be taken captive and brought into obedience to Christ.
Imagine each thought as a little man walking across your mind. Any thought man that seems questionable, you immediately put him in handcuffs (taking him captive). You don’t allow him to wander around your mind any longer. You don’t allow him to set up shop or travel to your heart. Instead, you take him before the judge. And what do we judge our thoughts with? The Word of God! If that thought man doesn’t line up with the word you immediately kick him out and ban him from entering again.
You cannot renew your mind if you don’t know the Word! Just like you must eat every day to fuel your body, you must get in the word daily to fuel your spirit. Proverbs 4:20-21 say “My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart”. You can replace worldly thoughts with new thoughts. God gives us a list of exactly what to think about in Philippians 4:8. Whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, of excellence, worthy of praise, think on these things!
The more you walk this out daily, the easier it will get. Our prayer for everyone reading this is that you will feel a new sense of power and authority over your thoughts. We are believing that you will speak life over yourself and surround yourself with people who do the same. We are praying for a new and more intense love for the Word of God, and for you to have a greater understanding as you read it.