“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.”
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Romans 12:2 is the Scripture that reveals to us the transforming power of renewing the mind to the Word of God. Man is a spirit, who has a soul and lives in a body (1 Thessalonians 5:23). When a man gets born again, his spirit is recreated or born anew, but his soul or mind needs to be renewed to the Word, that the new life that he has received in his spirit might find expression through him. After new birth, the Word tells us in Romans 12:2 to not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind, that we may prove what is that good, and acceptable and perfect will of God. Sadly, there are many believers who, instead of renewing their mind to the Word, are conforming to the world. Conforming to the world is letting the world shape your mindset, instead of the Word; letting worldly thoughts seep into your inner consciousness. We, in Christ, are not to learn the ways of the world. We are not to let the things of the world rule our thoughts and judgement; we are not to let the philosophies of this world garrison and guide our minds. We are to let God’s Word inform our sense of judgement. This is how our transformation happens. We move from one form of glory to another as we let our minds come under the renewing influence of the Word.
Renewing the mind requires meditating on the Word and acting upon it. Meditation in the Word is talking the Word to oneself consistently until it gets into the inner crevices of one’s heart, until the inner consciousness comes into alignment with the Word. During meditation in the Word, the heart receives revelation of the Word through the ministry of the Spirit of God, and a fresh divine perspective is developed, which forms the basis of one’s thoughts and actions; and as one begins to act on the Word, the mind is renewed. The newness of life within then begins to find expression through the renewed mind into the outward life. This is what it means to be transformed.
My Solid Front (Confession):
In the Name of Jesus, I refuse to be conformed to the world; I am transformed by the renewing of my mind to the Word, and I go from glory to glory forever. Amen.