Have you ever read Romans 12:2 and wondered… what does renewing your mind mean?
And, can something as simple as renewing your mind in truth really transform you?
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. – Romans 12:2 KJV
I can personally testify that YES, renewing your mind to the truth of God’s Word really can transform you. As a result of daily renewing my mind to the truth of God’s Word, I have been transformed from being fearful, stingy, and full of self-pity to being bold, generous, and full of gratitude.
That is why I am so passionate about cultivating DELIGHT in the Word of God.
I love how Romans 12:2 reads in the NLT:
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
— because if you truly ENJOY and take delight in The Word, then you are going to want to spend more time reading it, listening to it, thinking about it, studying it, writing it, drawing it, coloring it, meditating on it, and hiding it in your heart. When you delight in the Word, consuming it is not just something else to check off your To Do List, but something you love, look forward to, and actually do throughout your day. And when you are constantly renewing your mind and you allow the Word to change the way you think, you will be transformed.
That is also why I am so excited about my friend, Kelly Balarie’s new book, Battle Ready: Train Your Mind to Conquer Challenges, Defeat Doubt, and Live Victoriously! And why I am thrilled to be on her book launch team.
Our theme for the Delight in the Word Challenge for this month is TRUTH. Kelly has some great things to say about truth and lies. She helps to answer the question: What does renewing your mind mean. So I am excited to have her guest post on my blog today.
How to Renew Your Mind to Truth
by Kelly Balarie
Don’t doubt the power of your mind. This football-sized mass has the power to create and recreate everything in your life. This is why Jesus tells us not to conform to the pattern of the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Renewing your mind is like getting a re-do on life. Rather than continuing with old patterns, ways of doing things or habits, we get an upgrade.
You know, when my boy was a baby: he spent nearly every waking hour of every night screaming crying.
My mind now, occasionally hears that baby voice of his crying late at night. He’s 6.
This traumatic time was emblazoned in my mind. The trauma is still there. The memory is still there. The fear is still there.
Another example of this is my finger. When I was a kid I had to feel for a little bump on my right hand finger (where I sucked my thumb) to know the difference between right and left. I still when, deciphering right between left, mentally think about feeling for that bump. My mind was trained in this.
When we experience something again and again, we expect it. We expect a husband to treat us a certain way. We expect pain to keep hitting us as it always has. We expect people to abandon us. Our mind tells us: this is normal. The pain you dealt with from back then is going to happen again…
…unless you are constantly renewing your mind.
To renew your mind is to dig up all the old lies, mistruths, perceptions and fears and to replace them with God’s truth, hope, life, grace and fullness.
It is to break the power of what was, for Who Is. The I AM.
When you know God is I AM, and you let your mind conceive that truth, he overpowers all the ways you tell yourself: I am not…, I am never…., I am going to….
Mistruths become truth when a woman dedicates her life to the biblical wisdom, practical application and habit-forming strategies that come with abiding in Christ.
Do you know them? I wrote the book Battle Ready as a practical manual to help those struggling with doubt, discouragement, despair or devestation. The whole purpose of the book is to help you renew your mind with the Mind of Christ and to experience His freedom.
Many are getting touched by this message. Lives are changing. People are finding new hope.
Will you be one of them?
About Battle Ready: Train Your Mind to Conquer Challenges, Defeat Doubt & Live Victoriously
“The best time to be strengthened against the Enemy’s tactics of doubt, disappointment, and devastation is before he makes his first move toward us. We all desperately need the biblical guidance and preparation found in Battle Ready!”
Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times bestselling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries
Battle Ready is a hands-on scriptural plan that teaches you twelve easy-to-implement, confidence-building mind-sets designed to transform your thoughts and, therefore, your life. You’ll gain practical wisdom, like how to
· make new habits stick in just five steps
· disarm the seven most common attacks that plague women
· exchange self-limiting thoughts for purpose-driven, love-releasing thoughts
· implement thirty-second mind-lifters that deliver peace
· create boundaries so you live life full of what matters
To get Battle Ready freebies – printables, devotional reminders, a customizable daily Battle Plan and the “Find Your Battle Style” quiz, visit: www.iambattleready.com
Kelly Balarie, an author and national speaker, is on a mission to encourage others not to give up. Through times of extreme testing, Kelly believes there is hope for every woman, every battle and in every circumstance. She shares this hope on her blog, Purposeful Faith, and on many writing publications such as Relevant, Crosswalk, and Today’s Christian Woman. Kelly’s work has been featured on The Today Show, 700 Club Interactive, Moody Radio and other television and radio broadcasts. When Kelly is not writing, she is chilling at the beach with her husband, a latte, and 2-toddlers who rightfully demand she build them awesome castles.