How to Mature

19 - ChapterEight-DangerOfNotGrowing

Having said that, I want to offer seven biblically demanded conditions for the spiritual life in you to grow.

Renew Your 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)

“Mind” is one of the most difficult words to translate in the Bible. And it is one of the most difficult fields of science to understand. Psychology is the newest field of medicine and the least knowable. Psychologists and psychiatrists know so little about how the human mind is designed and how it works.

The Bible uses the word mind in many different ways, making it difficult to really nail down what the mind is. Sometimes it uses it to mean memory or attitude or the control center of a person. In Romans 12:2 the word mind is used to express our entire worldview and thought patterns. It is what you believe—how you process information and thus view life. This must be constantly under construction. The mind must always be under renovation for the fact that the thought patterns of our mind have long been and continually are influenced by the flesh, the world, and sin.

The way to renew the mind is to retrain the thought patterns of the mind. You must think God’s thought on a routine basis. To have a godly mind doesn’t only mean you don’t think lustful thoughts, but that you have learned to think like God thinks. You take in the information and you process it as Christ did when He was on this earth. Therefore, somehow you have got to get into your mind the thoughts of God so that you can learn them and begin to think them.
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