Transformed is a strong word isn’t it?!I get nervous and wary around the claim that something is going to change my life.
This book will change your life!This diet will change your life.It is quite a claim – and it is often exaggerated!Obviously the title of this series – this 50 day campaign – is a strong one.
But it’s not my word. It’s not Rick Warren’s word.It’s God’s word.
“Do not conform any longer 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.” (Romans 12:1-2 NIV)
As the New Living Translation puts it: “Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.”
You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind. As Joyce Meyer writes:“your life will not get straightened out until your mind does. You should consider this area one of vital necessity”
If you want to change anything in your life, you are going to have to change your mind. It always starts in your mind.
What are you feeding your mind?What is the track that you are listening to?What are the messages that you are imbibing and believing?
According to a 2015 study, we check our phones on average 85 times a day. Multiple studies found that almost half of smartphone users are glued to their screens for over five hours a day — that’s almost a third of our waking life. And some of us sit for hours and hours and hours and stare through this window on the world – this Instagram image of reality – this Facebook painting of facts, this televisual trash – and we are surprised that our minds our so messed up.
If I spend 5 hours a day on social media and using the Internet, and I engage with the Bible for 5 minutes a day – what is informing my mind and my reality?
Two ways that we can change and renew our minds:
a. Feed your mind with the truthb. Fend off destructive thoughts
“One of the sovereign remedies against sin is to spend much time, thoughtful time, meditative time, in the Scriptures, for it is impossible to get rid of the trash in our minds without replacing it with an entirely different way of thinking.” D.A.Carson
God’s word has the power to wash and renew your mind.
The only way to get rid of a bad thought is to replace it – to change the channel.
Thomas Chalmers said in his sermon called The Expulsive Power of the New Affection: “The best way to disengage an impure desire is to engage a pure one; the best way to expel the love of what is evil is to embrace the love of what is good instead. To be specific, we must replace the object of our sinful affection with an infinitely more worthy one-God himself…the expulsive power of our new affection weakens and even destroys the power of sin in our hearts.”
Only the word of God or the knowledge of God that enables to demolish and destroy these strongholds. This is a serious battle that cannot be ignored. The battle of the mind will dictate how you will live, whether you live in freedom or captivity.
A Mind for God – James Emery White
Battlefield of the Mind – Joyce Meyer
Digital Minimalism – Cal Newport
Twelve ways your phone is changing you – Tony Reinke
Competing spectacles: Treasuring Christ in the digital age – Tony Reinke
Podcast interview – How do I resist smartphone overuse?