Sunday, June 18, 2017

A Renewed Mind

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

The three adjectives Paul uses, good, acceptable, and
perfect, indicates the three stages in our proving and
knowing the will of God. The first refers to our discern-
ing between good and evil, and our accepting what we 
know of God's will as indeed good. The second points
to our knowledge of God's will in special relation to
ourselves. The will of God is not the same for all His
children. The third word, perfect, tells us that we may
not rest content with what we already know and do of
God's will. This is only the beginning; we must press
on to stand perfect in all the will of God. We are to live 
only to do the will of God.

"Be not conformed to this world." And, "The friend-
ship of this world is enmity with God." The world may  " 
acknowledge God, but it cannot by its very nature, do
anything but its own will. We are still in the world and
in constant danger of being under its influence. The 
subtle atmosphere which surrounds us, with the flesh 
in alliance, hinders thousands of Christians from being 
able to live a life of true devotion to the will of God. 

'But be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind."
Salvation must be followed by the continual, daily,
renewing of the Holy Spirit. "Be renewed in the spirit
of your mind." (Eph 4:23) "He saved us by the wash-
ing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost."
(Titus 3:5)

The calling and the privilege of every believer is to find
out what the good and acceptable will of God is. The one
great hindrance is a worldly spirit which conforms us to 
the habits of the world.  It is only the power of the Holy
Spirit that can overcome this danger. To be daily trans-
formed in the renewing of our mind gives the spiritual
capacity to know, to love, and to do all the will of God.

Take courage, dear ones! The eternal Spirit, through 
Christ said, "I delight to do Thy will" (Ps 40:8), and 
offered Himself a sacrifice unto God, dwells in you. Yield 
yourself as a sacrifice for Him to consume. Believe and 
receive His daily renewing. He is able to keep you from
falling. Andrew Murray 

Reader, His will is not burdensome! It is living in the will
of God moment by moment. Reading, meditating on Scrip-
ture is foundational to renewing our minds in the things of
God. It is in the power of the Holy Spirit that we are able
to choose God's will and stand against "the world, the flesh
and the Devil." Really, in these last days, we are in such a
battle. Courage! Heaven will be forever lived in freedom
and in joyfulness as we continually walk in His will.

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