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 (Romans 12:2).
When you’re born again it’s your spirit that’s born again; your mind still needs to be renewed by the Word. You might have heard some folks say concerning a Christian who perhaps did something wrong, “But I thought he said he was born again, why is he acting that way?” Well, the truth is, he may be born again alright, but the reason he’s acting that way is that his mind still needs to be renewed by the Word of God, and he’s still learning to walk in the newness of life.
Man is a spirit; he has a soul and lives in a body; it’s your spirit that got born again, not your soul. However, there’s a transformation that takes place in your soul, and it’s the Word of God that makes it happen. That’s why James 1:21 admonishes that you “receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.” The engrafted word is the Word of God you receive into your spirit; it transforms your life.
The process of this transformation is explained to us in Romans 12:2: “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.” The more and longer you study God’s Word, the more you’re transformed and literally transfigured into the image that you see in the Word. After a while, your attitude, mindset and belief systems will change. You’ll realize that you’re different; your life and character have been improved and you’ve become a better person. That’s because God’s Word has transforming power.
When your mind is renewed with the Word God’s thoughts become your thoughts, and you learn to exchange your ideas for His. This gives you a new mindset, as your outlook on life and ways of relating to things around you changes.
I thank you dear Heavenly Father for the entrance of your Word that enlightens my spirit and renews my mind. As I meditate on your Word today, I’m transformed and positioned for glory, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Ephesians 4:20-24, Colossians 3:9-10