Saturday, April 5, 2014

Romans 12:2

Romans 12:2 - Do not conform any longer 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.

This verse holds the key to living a victorious life. Victory has already been achieved for us, but that doesn't mean we are living it. When Jesus went to the cross He took everything bad, all the sin, hurt, pain and sickness with Him. He, being perfect, took all these things upon Himself. Then he proceeded to go to death and the grave. That’s where the penalty for sin was paid, but that is only part of our victory. Our greater victory lies in the resurrection.
Jesus conquered sin and the grave and came back to life and is seated at the right hand of God. Now when we receive Christ we join with Him in His death in order that we may also join with Him in His new life.
So you see that sin and all the curses of the law have already been taken care of. We have been freed from our sinful nature and no longer live according to it, but according to the Spirit (Romans 8) I say all this to point out that the battle has already been won. We are already free.Then why do we still find ourselves struggling with this stuff? It is because of our mind.
Whatever we think in our mind becomes our reality. Our spirit is renewed when we accept Christ but our mind is still stuck in our old way of thinking. As this verse states we used to conform to this world, it was natural for us, but not any more. Now we are born of the Spirit and we need to change our thought patterns.
We must use the Word of God to renew our minds and as we do that it will transform us. Our way of thinking is truly the key to living in the victory that God has already laid out for us. Make every effort to get into God’s Word and let it change your thought patterns and transform your life. And I will leave you with this rhyme: “Renew your mind, like in Romans twelve two, Cause what you think affects what you do.”

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