How to be transformed by the renewing of your mind
We all know glass half full people or worse, people who see everything as negative or bad. Jesus, however, has given us such a revolutionary way of thinking that people in Capernaum were amazed at what they termed was “a new teaching with authority”. (Mark 1:27). When you grasp this different way of being you will see how easy it is to be as bright and cheerful as the sun.
Paul gives us the key to this fresh way of thinking:
“Do not be conformed to this world (any longer with its superficial values and customs), but be transformed and progressively changed (as you mature spiritually) by the renewing of your mind (focussing on godly values and ethical attitudes), so that you may prove (for yourselves) what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect (in His plan and purpose for you).” (Rom 12:2 AMP)
In other words, don’t get caught up with the things of this world: fashion, entertainment, worldly morality, new goods or fancy services. Let your mind be calm and allow it to absorb the mind of the Spirit by regularly reading the Bible or listening to the Bible being read. Let the Bible message speak to you as though it was a message written to you, personally. Believe its promises are there for you. Take notes as you read. (The most illuminating and inspiring period of Bible reading and study that I ever did was when I was journalling the appearance of Jesus all throughout the Old Testament.)
The more you read the Bible and think on it, the more its message will transform you into the likeness of Jesus.
What I found works for me was to memorise this verse and recite it every time my mind was being led down a gloomy pathway:
“Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honourable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things (center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart).” (Phil 4:8 AMP)