Romans 12:12 tells us:
“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.”
But what does this mean for you, right now? And how do you renew your mind?
Your soul is in the center of this warfare, and wherever it leans—either toward the spirit or the body—controls who you are and what you do.
As a believer, of course, you belong to God. Satan, however, has other plans for you. He wants to continue to control your body and soul, in hopes of gaining control of your spirit.
If he can control your spirit, he controls you!
The devil even tried to take control over Jesus during our Lord’s earthly life. Satan offered total domination of the world if Jesus would only bow to him once.
It didn’t work, yet the deceiver is still trying to do this with believers today. Satan wants to offer things that you desire in order to wound you, take away your innocence, and leave scars.
What makes this such a monumental battle is that you, like all humans, have things stuck in your memory. The flesh likes these things. It enjoys the flashbacks. It can control you through the things you recall so easily.
These memories, in fact, often become the filters through which we see the world.
The problem comes from the fact that we were born in sin. Romans 3:23 tells us, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
We sin naturally. It requires no effort.
Influenced by Sin
We were shaped in iniquity. We have human tendencies. These tendencies are nestled in the soul. And the soul is the seed of memory and intense desire.
The soul houses what we were. It holds all the scars from what happened to us in the past. Sometimes we don’t even know what is there, because there are so many hidden memories. Yet it’s all there, fomenting and impacting who we are.
These memories come up at random times. The influence over your life can be immense. Satan can use these memories to attack you, control you, make you feel worthless, and cause problems.
“But I’m a Christian now,” you may say. “I’m a new creation. The old is passed away. Everything is new.”
After all, weren’t we saved from sin?
That’s the starting point for all of us, for “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8 NKJV).
It’s true that when you get saved, your heart—your spirit—changes immediately. That is what the Word tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:17:
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
Your spirit changes in an instant!
Your soul, however, and certainly your body, each takes much longer.
Your soul and your body want to keep going back to the old things, the old friends, the old temptations, the old environment.
Your spirit is new. But your soul and body lean to the old.
That is why you must begin learning from God’s Word, spending time with the Lord Jesus in prayer, getting in fellowship with other believers, learning from godly teachers, and all the things you can do to renew your soul.
A Constant Battle
It is a constant battle to listen to the spirit and be renewed, rather than listening to the body and be destroyed.
What happens to us when our mind is renewed?
We come to God as broken pieces of a puzzle, and we begin to choose to allow Him to begin putting all of those pieces together into a complete picture. That’s renewal!
What used to be an embarrassment becomes a testimony!
The transition from fleshly control to spiritual control of the soul must occur daily in order for God to put our complete picture together and turn all the scarred, broken pieces into a complete, whole picture.
This is often a painful process, since moving from a soul filled with sin to a life filled with God’s Spirit can be painful.
The Bible reveals this process in Romans chapters 1 and 2. Paul, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, shows that we are condemned in our sin and without any hope aside from Jesus Christ.
By chapter 3, we discover that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. We are exposed to the fact that satan will do everything to keep us from seeing the light.
As you continue to read Romans and the entire New Testament, you see that when you turn to God and He switches on the light, you see more and more clearly what the deceiver has tried to do to you.
However, you will also discover more and more what Jesus Christ has done to rid you of the effects of sin.
Since you received Jesus Christ into your heart, you begin making the choice every day to live and walk a godly life, or you can choose to remain in the quagmire of past hurts and wounds and death.
God has called you from death unto life. He wants you to respond to what the Holy Spirit desires to do in your life.
If you respond to the Spirit by letting the things of God nourish your system, you will win the battle for your mind.
The Word purges the hidden pockets in the mind. It breaks down the strongholds. It removes the footholds that satan has tried to maintain in your soul.
Stay in the Word of God, no matter what happens!
Don’t get discouraged when the process becomes painful. Letting go of the past isn’t easy, but it is absolutely necessary!
Stay in the Word, for He desires to release and grow the fruit of the Spirit within you—love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
He desires to sanctify, purify, and bless you through the work of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:16).
He wants to release His ability through your life (1 Corinthians 12:7-11), as well as the power to live a holy, transformed, renewed life (1 Peter 1:15-17).
With His help, you can be an overcomer every day, for “thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57 NKJV).
That is my earnest prayer for you today and always!
My Request to You
Even as the battle for the mind is waged inside you, so it is for billions around the globe who don’t even know Christ as Savior. That should break the heart of every believer.
God truly loves the world in ways we can only imagine:
This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. (John 3:16-17 MSG)
We have been given this Great Commission:
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV).
We must go and share what was shown to us. And while salvation is free to all, the cost of spreading the Gospel never ceases; rather, it seems to increase. So it is today, even as we continue to harness the latest technologies so that by any means possible we can present the Good News to the lost, needy, and hurting wherever they are.
My precious partner, through the years, you have stood with me with such faithfulness.
I am asking you from the deepest part of my heart that you give today for this mighty work of God so we can continue to make advance preparations for all the scheduled Miracle Services, broadcasts, internet and social media outreaches, and all that we do around the globe.
I need your help to take the Good News of Jesus Christ through the awesome doors that have been opened to us.
One of the greatest lessons any believer can learn is the importance of giving to the spread of the Gospel, for only when you give to God’s great cause will the windows of heaven open, and mighty, abundant financial blessings will be poured upon your life.
Then you can claim His promise:
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. (Luke 6:38)
Only then will He multiply the seed that you sow!
So I ask you boldly and from the bottom of my heart to prayerfully consider helping me with your sacrificial gift today.
Billions of people are waiting to hear the Gospel in nations all over the world. We cannot delay. We must go now while the doors remain open.
Will you help me obey the command of our Master Jesus and sow your seed today for souls?
For the glorious and eternal cause of our precious Lord, Jesus Christ,