I’m often accused of being too philosophical, I’ll get responses like “well that might be Biblical but it’s not practical” or “that might sound good in theory but how do I do it?”
I’m actually a very practical person, just ask my wife! So with that said I thought I’d post a quick and easy blog with 4 keys to help you see radical mind renewal.
Now these keys are just that, they are keys to help you on your way. They are not perfect things you “do” which will put you in a better stead with the Lord or clean you up. Rather they are just some great things you can adopt into your life to help you renew your mind and grow in believing in His finished work.
If you are new to this blog I would strongly suggest you read a few of the articles in the Essentials section to get to grips with the foundational system of belief which I’m presenting here. If you don’t understand this foundation then this article is likely to confuse and frustrate you. In particular I would start with my article on Romans 7 about struggling with the sinful nature and 1 John 1:8 “If we say we have no sin”.
1. Give Up
Giving up while you are ahead is a great idea. Jesus has already said He’s given us all things pertaining to life and Godliness so the way I figure I should probably give up while I’m ahead and not try get in His way :)
Now before I’m accused of what I’m not saying, let me say this – This does not mean I don’t do anything. In fact most people around me would testify that from the outward appearance I seem to be doing more than most people, but it doesn’t feel like it most of the time because I’m doing it out of rest.
When we sit back and relax and just focus on who Christ is in us the fruit will effortlessly come forth. So key number one is to consciously decide to “give up”.
As it is commonly said “The lovers will out-work the workers” – if we focus on loving Him then our “works” (which are no work at all) will out-strip everyone else’s works.
“Life and death is in the power of the tongue.” (Prov 18:21) I don’t know about you but I sure could have done with believing that a decade ago!
A great tool I’ve found in helping myself in renewing my mind has been to declare the promises of God over myself. There is power in our words, our prayers are powerful and effective and speaking the truth over ourselves, our situations, the people in our lives and our view on God all helps in renewing our mind.
There are many declarations I’ve made for weeks on end knowing they were true because they were in scripture but not really believing them. But faith comes by hearing, and hearing the word of God. (Romans 10:17) Declaring His promises over your life is one of the smartest things you will ever do! I promise you this, give it a go morning and night for 21 days and come tell me it didn’t improve the way you think.
Steve Backlund’s website has great resources and teachings on declarations which you can find here – www.ignitedhope.com
To get you started here are 10 declarations of his.
1. My prayers are powerful and effective (2 Corinthians 5:21; James 5:16b).
2. God richly supplies all my needs (Philippians 4:19).
3. I am dead to sin and have a victorious DNA in me (Romans 6:11; Romans 5:17).
4. I walk in ever-increasing health (Isaiah 53:3-5; Psalm 103:1-5).
5. I live under a supernatural protection (Psalm 91, Hebrews 8:6).
6. I prosper in all my relationships (Luke 2:52).
7. I consistently bring God encounters to other people (Mark 16:17,18; Acts 3:6).
8. In Jesus, I am 100% loved and worthy to experience all of God’s blessings (Colossians 1:12-15).
9. Each of my family members is wonderfully blessed and radically loves Jesus (Acts 16:30, 31).
10. I uproariously laugh when I hear a lie from the devil (Psalm 2:2-4).
That last declaration is the next “key” to seeing mind renewal. In Psalm 2 it says that God sits in the Heavens and He laughs at the plans of the enemy.
I don’t know about you, but I want to be like God. The simple fact of the matter is that the enemy was completely defeated 2000 years ago at the cross. The only access he has into our lives is the one we give him through our misplaced faith.
Recognizing the lies we believe and laughing at them is powerful.
My reaction to lies is very important – to laugh at them exposes them for what they are and helps put things in perspective for me.
Here are some lies I hear occasionally that are clearly contrary to God’s word and the truth, in the moment however they can often feel extremely true.
“You aren’t doing a good enough job as a husband” – HAHAHAHA
“Nobody will read your blogs” – HAHAHAHA
“You don’t deserve this life you live” – HAHAHA
You get the idea. These things can feel so real in the heat of the moment but if we can laugh at them for what they are they quickly fall to the side.
4. The Sweat-O-Meter
Last year I was getting into a car with my great friend Jared Neusch, we were joking about fasting (something I don’t like to do overly) and I quipped that I was going to “fast trying”. It was funny in the moment but actually has been a powerful thing I’ve adopted into my life.
You see for years I tried to fast. I would fast so that God might hear my prayers, or I would fast to stand in the gap for someone else, sometimes I would fast so that I might feel more worthy of God’s attention and might grow more spiritual somehow.
All of these things may have honourable roots but for me I’ve stumbled across a much better fast.
I no longer try to fast. I fast trying.
You see if your fast is trying to get God to do something, you’ve missed the point entirely, He’s already done it! That was the whole point of the cross. The truth is that we cannot “do” anything to make Him move, rather our sole job is to believe that He has already moved and it’s going to come flooding in like a tsunami if we align our beliefs with that fact.
So I now have an internal sweat-o-meter. It works like this, throughout my day, every time I feel like I’m stressing out, trying to hard or getting anxious, then I stop everything. I take a moment to assess what am I working out of, my own efforts or Christ’s finished work? Every time I’ve slipped back to relying on my own strength and efforts so I take a deep breath and then continue on with my day fully aware of Christ in me.
I will not tolerate self-effort in my life. Trying is a thing of the past.
Again let me clarify, I’m not saying I don’t do anything… like I said before I’m going to probably outwork half the people I know who are trying in their own effort. A branch does not produce fruit by trying, rather a branch produces fruit by simply letting the nutrients and such flow through the vine and out of the branch into fruit. I’m grafted into the Godhead, it would be crazy for me to try produce fruit for them!
What about you?
I sincerely hope this list has helped you all in some way shape or form. I have two questions I want to ask you.
1. What are some keys you have found in helping you to renew your mind?
2. What are some good lies you need to laugh at today?
Feel free to post your replies in the comment section below.