4 keys to seeing radical mind renewal

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.

2. Declarations

“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).

3. Laughter

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.

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  1. Phil,

    Love point 1 and 4!!! Give up and maintain it with you’re inbuilt “Sweat-O-Meter” hehehe. We have been working through points 2 and 3 for a year now and they are great.

    This is such an encouragement!!!

    All joy


    • Thanks Gary. Yes… 1 and 4 are the hardest because we can turn 2 and 3 into a work… but 1 and 4 are impossible to turn into a work… they are relentless mind renewal tactics!

      Love you bro!

  2. this is actually very good Phil!! and to answer your first question..I’ve been hearing the Holy Spirit telling me lately to just sing…to just sing Him praises…His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Lately, singing seems to take the
    labor out of intercession so that I can rest more in a joyful faith
    believing…oh and I’m loving your Sweat-O-Meter! lol

      • The mission trip was awesome..we got to do so many things..and well..I’m gonna share just 1 really fun stuff that happened..so..I got invited to go translate for this lady in a prayer meeting in a baptist church..and..well I did..after that..they asked us to pray(in the baptist way..you wait your turn and pray out loud and everybody pays attention to what you say..hmm..not sure if everybody always pays attention lol)..and so I wait my turn..and I start praying and the minute I do that..the Holy Spirit comes..haha..it was so much fun..like..those folks..had no idea what hit them! Boom! ha!..I love it that He comes with me everywhere I go.
        Next week I’m gonna be invoved in another mission trip and tomorrow I’m going to 3 different orphanages to hang out with the kids. I love my life. Seriously! Love what Daddy is doing! oh and in March I’ve got my interview for BSSM..hope it goes well! please do pray for that :) and thanks!

        • That’s amazing Lory! Your words are powerful and effective so it’s impossible for you to pray and nothing to happen! 

          Excited about the radical favour you have for your interview… who is the interview with?

          You are doing such a great work loving on everyone you encounter, especially all those orphans and the broken people of this world :) Thanks!

          •  The interview is gonna be on March 6th with Aaron Stevens. I’m SO excited!

            And thanks for the kind words..I honestly love to love on people..it’s just so much fun :)

  3. Loved the vast majority of this post Phil. The only thing I couldn’t give an exuberant amen to was #9 on declarations. I understand where you’re coming from but disagree with the idea of guaranteed household salvation. I believe that salvation is individual so it’s not a guarantee. I don’t want to argue semantics if that’s not what you meant but felt obligated to mention it since it was the only thing I disagreed about. The other 99% blessed me greatly! 

    1. I’ve focused on listening to messages with my earbuds while I work at my desk to continually be fed with Scripture and Truth. It’s been fantastic to get more in on a daily basis and process it. I also specifically ask the Spirit to help reveal to me the understanding both of what I read and hear so I can process it through my spirit into my brain. I still have truths that I know in my heart but can’t quite express them in a conversation yet. I hope you know what I mean. I’ve definitely been getting clarity and ability to vocalize these things more quickly after that discipline of specific request. James 1:5 is claimed regularly. Also, simply applying what I’m learning through actions and conversations helps to renew my mind. I’ve stepped out in the past 6 months or so to offer pray for healing to others and find myself looking for opportunities where before I never seemed to notice them. That’s just one example. I also have begun writing out my thoughts in more of a message type format to help my process them.

    2. A few lies are “It won’t work for you.” “People won’t pay attention to what you write/speak.”

    • Hey Joshua, 

      I agree with what you are saying regarding the 9th declaration – we can’t be guaranteed that everyone in our household is going to be saved. But we do know it to be God’s will and therefore can take it as a promise to declare. Just in the same way that we know it’s God’s will to heal someone and we speak it forth, but they still have a say in whether or not they get healed. I think declarations do a huge part in this area though as I’m sure you would agree, family is often the hardest part to believe for. I know for me I can believe for a strangers salvation or healing a lot easier than someone very close to me.

      So by making declarations like that we remind ourselves who our family are and how God sees them and that they are just one encounter away.

      The declarations themselves are just suggestions to get people started, I think us making our own declarations is a lot more powerful anyway as there is more “buy-in” for the person declaring them.

      The declarations are from Steve Backlund’s website and he has lots more about declarations on there if you are interested in some of his perspectives.

      As for your keys – those are really good – getting out and actually walking in who we are, praying for the sick etc is so good and I think listening to sermons and the word of God regularly is a great way to build our faith and focus on who He is and we are in Him.

      I laughed at your lies… those are good ones HAHAHA

      Bless you bro – Thanks for sharing your thoughts, lots of great stuff in there! :)

  4. Hi Phil, Thanks for your post, a good friend sent it to me and I am so thankful.
    I thoroughly agree with what you’re saying here. I  retired last year and believe our Daddy said to me that I should start to be myself at last, so I have been on a lovely journey with him into that. It is so very freeing! Plus I have been exploring ways to enter into a deeper worship, to seek His face and His heart, I never thought He would want me so close but He does – how awesome!
    PS Love the ha ha ha!

    • Thanks Val, so blessed to hear you enjoyed it!

      Sounds like you are on an exciting journey. God is so good! I bless your retirement and all that God is doing both in and through you!
      Much love!

  5. My yoke is easy, my my burden is light’ If what I am experiencing seems hard and heavy, and there seems to be no grace on it I HAVE TO question if it is from Him…
    Phil Buys, South Africa

      • Nobody will read your blog HAHAHAHAHAHA!

        Silly Devil! Not only did I read your blog, but the Holy Spirit lead me to your blog at the exact point in my life when I could use confirmation on declaring and speaking aloud the word of God! Amen

        Cheers from Harlem, NY!!!

        • HAHA! I can definitely laugh with you about that my friend!

          Thanks for the encouragement, I’m so glad you found the post at a time you needed it and that it blessed you.
          Much love!

  6. Love your post. Believe God led me here. Like the idea of laughing at the lies I will be laughing all the time as he attacks relentlsy . Even through others. I like to about sweating. Its so sad we get working for Jesus instead of just being with Him. I am starting to see how really broken and hurting society is. Writings like yours are much needed truth needs to be told because we as Christians are still the hurt broken person with God in each of us and the waging of war from satan the world and our flesh. Keep writing ! May God continue to give you truth and help you to help us. Thank you.

  7. On the coment on fasting I am just learning to fast. I noticed you said you dont try to fast but you fast trying I just need a little clarification on that do you still fast but do it in a different way or fast seeking different things please clarify any help would be helpful.

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