Renewing the Mind
1. This morning I want to talk to you about the importance of renewing the mind. Paul states that we are to be "transformed" by the renewing of our minds.
a. Before we were saved, it was impossible to understand spiritual matters, let alone please God in our thoughts and in our behavior. But now that we are saved, the Lord expects us to think and behave differently.
b. The word "acceptable" in our text means, "pleasing." Of course, we know from Scripture that an unsaved man cannot please God, nor can he understand the things of God. Paul wrote, "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned" (1 Cor. 2:14).
3. In Romans, chapter 2, Paul is writing to believers. Because we have been saved, we can understand certain Scriptural principles. Our minds have been opened...we are not like the natural or unsaved man. However, we are still limited in our understanding--some more than others.
a. There are some Christians who still struggle with their prayer life. Some still play the guessing game about God's will for their lives. Again, some believers can't seem to have victory over sin or certain habits. Many still have difficulty with their faith--the matter of trusting God, believing God and waiting on Him. The reason? These are people who often have one foot in the world and one foot in the church.
4. In our passage of Scripture, Paul is telling us to not be "conformed" to the world; rather, we are to be transformed--we are to have a different mind about life. And how does this transformation take place? It comes from having our minds renewed...having the mind of Christ. Then, and only then, can we discover the "good and acceptable and perfect will of God."
5. Let's define the three words; good, acceptable and perfect, as we think about the w ...
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