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Daily Devotion | Ulf Ekman

DAILY DEVOTION


2020-07-12

Renewing the Mind

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Romans 12:2
Despite the new nature in our inner man, we constantly need to renew our mind. Our human understanding often lags behind God’s. We misuse our God-given capacity to understand when we receive information exclusively through the five senses. Our sensory impressions influence our thinking more than we realize. We build our lives according to our circumstances. And our circumstances are influenced by the nature of this world. In the world it is natural to doubt—not believe. It is natural to be selfish—not loving. It is natural to be fearful—not hopeful. It is natural to be negative—not positive. Such is the nature of this world and of our flesh.

When we begin to follow Jesus, our course changes. The world walks one way but we begin to walk in the opposite direction. We begin to walk by faith and not by sight. We begin to see what God shows us in our hearts and not what is on the exterior. We begin to listen to the voice of God and not to people’s negative words.

But our mind reacts to this. Our mind is limited. It cannot see all the solutions. It objects when it is not allowed to sit on the throne and rule. It is always dependent upon what it sees, hears and senses. Therefore, we must renew our mind. If we do not renew our mind there will be a constant conflict between our mind and our inner life. Our mind will stand in the way and limit God. But a mind submitted to God is open to entirely new possibilities.

Prayer

Thank You, God, for helping me renew my mind so that it does not stand in the way of Your plans. In Jesus’ name. Amen.