Renewing Of Your Mind
13 Oct 2013 JAMs Prayer Meeting – Lily Yong
Your life will never change with time or circumstances, but only when your minds change.
6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Rom 8:6 – to discover the purpose of God in your life, you must develop a spiritual mind!
Don’t have a pagan mind. If your mind is carnal, you will have death.
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Tim 1:7
Fear is not of God. It makes us loveless, and powerless. How do you know when you are fearful? When you do not have a sound mind! When you are fearful your judgement will be impaired. You won’t think right.
2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Rom 12:2
Does the encounter change your thinking?
Feeding of the five thousand [Mk 6:30-44]
The only miracle recorded in all the four gospels.
36 Send them away, that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy themselves bread; for they have nothing to eat.”
The disciples said to send them away, because they wanted to rest, they had a carnal mindset. But God used this opportunity and said to them, YOU give them something to eat.
The purpose of that encounter was not just to feed the five thousand, but also to change the mindset of his disciples!
So what did the disciples missed?
The food doesn’t multiply at Jesus hands, but at the hands of the disciples!
The same for the calming of the storm..
35 On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” 36 Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”
God expected them to get the job done, because he has already given them their word! No matter what situation that you’re in, you have the same power and authority that Jesus has!
But yet, even after all these encounters, the disciples were not changed. Why?! If you were in their shoes, and had witnessed such amazing miracles, you would be deeply impacted and changed, wouldn’t you?
It was because their hearts were hardened. Different people will have different perspectives. But you will only change when your thinking change!
7 again He designates a certain day, saying in David, “Today,” after such a long time, as it has been said: “Today, if you will hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts.” Heb 4:7
Harden your hearts – refusal to believe what God has spoken you to do, and using that as an excuse not to obey him.
We need to renew our minds! Don’t Harden your hearts, but obey God and have faith.
God says to hold fast the confession of our faith. Why hold fast? Because God knows we can drop it anytime.
Hold fast to the word of God in your life. How do you translate your encounters? How do you change your mindset and attitude?
8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
God’s thoughts may be higher but they are not out of reach. God wants to change the way we think. The way we think about life, church, education, marketplace, wealth, etc.
When your mind is stretched, it will never be small anymore. You can take on even more now. Renewing of your mind is a process. We don’t need to rush it, but we need to start somewhere.
Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
Meditation is Hagah in Hebrew.
This is the same word that is used in Isaiah 31:4 — “As the lion growls (hagah), a great lion over its prey, and though a whole band of shepherd is called together against him, he is not frightened by their shouts.” The word “hagah” is not just a lion roaring, but chewing, ripping, snarling, shaking his pray, holding on to not be driven off — you get the picture. You are very persistent, chewing and wrestling with the word. The word also means to emit a sound, verbalize, mutter, to speak in an undertone; it was not silent.
This understanding of the meaning of hagah gives graphic insight into what meditation is. Meditation is the outward verbalization of one’s thoughts towards God, and talking out loud as you pour over his teachings and words. It is the wrestling with the Word; you can’t be driven off of it, you are chewing on it, pondering it, day and night.
Mutter to yourself! Speak it out loud! Confess it! Visualize it!
20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Eph 3:20-21
Whatever we ASK or THINK! Meditate!