Renewing of the Mind
Date: January 30, 2023
I use the BLESS method every morning for my devotional.
B - Bible Verse
L - Listen for God's Word and pray
E - Explore the History and meaning
S - Study and savor
S - Summarize and Share
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Bible Scripture Verse – Romans 12:2
Do not conform 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.
Listen for God’s Voice
Gracious Heavenly Father, thank you for your daily guidance in our lives. I want to be transformed daily and live for you.
Explore History – Who wrote it, when and to what audience? Key people in the story?
The Apostle Paul wrote Romans while he was in Corinth, Greece in the mid 50’s AD. The purpose of the letter was to teach and encourage the Roman Christians in their faith and to instruct them on how to live in a way that pleases God. He was urging the Christians to respond to God’s mercy, His forgiveness of sins and wanted them to realize how amazing it was to be included into God’s family.
Study and Savor – Key Words
"Do not conform" - This means to not follow the ways or patterns of the world.
"Pattern of this world" - This refers to the cultural norms and values of the society in which the Romans lived.
"Transformed" - This means to change, or to be changed, from one state or form to another.
"Renewing of your mind" - This refers to the process of renewing one's thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs in line with God's will.
"God's will" - This refers to God's plan and purpose for one's life.
Summarize and Share
We should strive to align our thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs with God's will, which is always good, pleasing, and perfect.
When we have an important decision that needs to be made, we need to make sure it’s not based on what is acceptable or popular, we need to be seeking God's guidance and direction in every aspects of our lives. That means taking the time to pray and meditate on God's Word, talk to other believers, and make sure you have an open and receptive heart to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Take some time today to reflect on your thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any areas in your life where you may be conforming to the ways of the world and renew your mind in those areas. Pray for wisdom and guidance in making decisions that align with God's will for your life.
Bible Cross Reference
Ephesians 4:22-24 - "You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness."
Philippians 4:8 - "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."
Colossians 3:1-2 - "Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things."
1 Peter 1:13 - "Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming."