21 Sep Renewing The Mind
On a daily basis, the world bombards us with messages telling us what we should look like, how we should act, and what we should think. Videos, tv shows, and magazines at the check-out line all inundate us with negative messages making us feel that we don’t “measure up.” Guarding our minds is imperative for a powerful, positive life. At Agave Sozo, serving Chandler, Phoenix, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, we recognize the power of a renewed mind and the effect that the constantly invading negative messages can have on it. How do these negative messages affect us, and what does it mean to renew our mind? Let’s have a look.
What God Says
One of the Bible’s key passages discussing “mind health” and how it’s important to God is Romans 12:2 (NKJV).
“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.”
Renewing our minds and not conforming to the messages of the world sounds like a great idea, but how do we do this?
Renewing of the mind according to this verse is essential. In order to renew our minds, we need to have not only a strong connection with God, but also the willingness to let go of the barriers that keep us from closeness with Him, and any barriers that keep us from reading the Bible, His words to us. When we have these blocks, we are unable to hear God clearly and even receive Scripture or deeper understanding of Him. Once a person deals with these blocks and hindrances they will better be able to hear God’s voice, renew their minds and walk in transformation (i.e. freedom, peace, joy).
Matthew 22:37-39 (NKJV) says, “Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”
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