Be Ye Transformed by the Renewing of Your Mind

Romans 12.2 And 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.

In Romans 12.2, the word transformed is from the Greek metamorphousthe or μεταμορφόω (metamorphoó), which is the root of the English terms “metamorphosis” and “metamorphize.”

How do we effect this transformation, this metamorphosis of the mind?

1 Corinthians 2.11b-16 even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 12Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14But 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. 15But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

This is how we effect the transformation: through the power of the Holy Spirit of God. We simply cannot understand the things of God without His guidance. And, as children of the Most High God, WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST!

But we must work with God’s Spirit, and put our salvation to work – we must LEARN the Word of God, the ways of God.

The primary avenue of learning God is through the mind. The foundation must be God’s Word.

We learn with both our hearts and our minds. The heart may influence the mind, but only the fool allows the heart to rule. (Jeremiah 17.9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?)

We must train our hearts through the transforming of the mind.

When we learn God’s Word, the Holy Spirit works to transfer that knowledge to our hearts. This is vital, because we act on what is in our hearts – what we really believe. We know things in our minds, but we believe them in our hearts.

Proverbs 4.20-23

20My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.

21Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.

22For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.

23Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

As you study God’s Word, pray that it floods your heart and fills it with His Truth.

God’s Word can be a mainstay in times of trouble. In my own experience, I sometimes haven’t had the heart to read my Bible or pray. But when, in obedience, I read anyway, and I prayed anyway, God blessed that obedience. March your way through the tough times in obedience.

Allow God’s Word to cleanse you, to fill you with hope, to guide you, to bring you peace.

And, in order to set your heart aright, learn what God says; let it filter to your heart, and believe.

Humble

Humble

What does it mean to humble one’s heart, to have a humble heart? The book of Deuteronomy is a good place to begin to learn about how God wants to humble our hearts.

Deuteronomy 6.5 Hear, O Israel: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

Deuteronomy 6.11b – 13 … when thou shalt have eaten and be full; Then beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name. 

God tells us to beware, when we have it good: We’ll start thinking we did all this ourselves, start patting ourselves on the back. We’ll forget our Lord God, forget His goodness and mercy and generosity. He did not design us to function that way. He designed us so that our greatest joys, our most complete fulfillment, our most abundant life, happens when we humble our hearts before Him.

God knows it is good for us to be humble, so He humbles us through allowing trials and tribulations. Deuteronomy 8.3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live. (By the way, this is the verse that Jesus quoted to Satan when He was tempted in the desert. Jesus humbled Himself and came to us.)

1 Peter 5.6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you (lift you up) in due time.

Lift us up from what / to what?

Lifting up from our pit / morass of slime and sin.

If you don’t know that you are in this slimy pit, then you need to meet Jesus Christ (1Jn 1.8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.)

Lifting us to Him, setting our minds on things above, not of this earth.

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus ©1922 by H. H. Lemmel

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full, in his wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of his glory and grace

Pride is thinking we have control over anything; Humble hearts acknowledge that God owns everything, and we are His grateful servants.

Humble: “giving” all to God, knowing He owns it all; being reduced to simply a heart for God, a heart that HE gave me (Ezekiel 11.19 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36.26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.)

 

February: What’s on your Heart Tag

Thanks to Amy at A New Life (❤ !) for this nomination. Dollfaced Writer has created a tag where each month the theme is different but the tag continues each month. Here are the rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you to participate.
  2. Link back to the original post.
  3. Attach an image that inspires you regarding the month’s theme (or use the original).
  4. Talk about what this month’s theme means to you.
  5. Answer the questions.
  6. Nominate one or more people to participate.
  7. Enjoy the rest of your month

For February, our theme is called: What’s on Your Heart

What’s on my heart for February’s heart theme:

Love is a personal relationship; God is a personal God. Everything we do is personal because everyone we meet was put there for a purpose.

I’m using a picture of a dear lady, a wonderful friend, a sister in the Lord.

Rosie

Rosie went to be with her Lord last spring, and we all miss her so much. She is a picture, to me, of love. She had heart, and it was the heart of her Lord: she showed it to everyone, she took the risk of leaving herself open to hurt and rejection, and she took everything to God in prayer. What a joyful, peaceful, giving countenance she presented to all! Her eyes and her smile radiated God’s love.

The questions that go along with this tag:

  1. Do you believe in love at first sight?

Yes, I think it can happen. However, I also think people must be very careful with it, and not run away with the “feelings” of it.

  1. Do you believe in soulmates?

Yup. Anyone who is married has a soulmate, whether they are in tune with it or not.

  1. What’s the first thing you notice about a person?

The eyes and the smile (or lack of it). They work together.

  1. What’s your ideal date?

A great hike. This was the first date for my husband and me. It allows lots of time for talking without having to sit and look at each other the whole time; and you get to find out a few interesting things about another person on a hike, especially if it’s long.

  1. What traits do you look for in a friend/significant others?

Listening, following up, loyalty, consistency, integrity, agape love

  1. What are your thoughts on being friends with an ex?

Depends on what “being friends” entails.

  1. If you’re a believer, when did you give your heart to the Lord? If not, what in life keeps a bounce in your step?

I’ve always been able to characterize myself as an optimist. In fact, it almost kept me from the Lord: I really liked the way my life was going, and thought I was doing a pretty good job at it all by myself. I was going on 30 when God had a serious conversation with me. As always, His timing was perfect, because there were some Bad Things going on that I really needed Him for soon after.

I nominate the following to continue with the tag:

Ana https://momlifewithchiari.com/

Vickie https://vicklea.com/

Christy https://miraculoussmile.wordpress.com/

Maxine  https://heavensreef.wordpress.com/

Kathy https://atimetoshare.me/

My apologies if you’ve already been tagged for this. And, really no obligation to participate. This is only as the Spirit leads! 😊