Romans 12:2 New International Version (NIV)
2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Ephesians 4:23 New International Version (NIV)
23 be made new in the attitude of your minds
Conform means to comply with the rules, or standards. Do not comply with what life does to you, what the doctors say, what people say, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. You don’t have to comply with any of those things, you can comply with the Holy Spirit who is greater than anything else that can come against you. You begin to be transformed when the things and people of this world can no longer steal your peace and joy.
You begin to be transformed when the attitude of your mind says this is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. I will means you have decided to rejoice and be glad no matter what happens.
If you don’t get your mind right, everything you invest in yourself will fail because of a weak mind, or leak out (even pour out) of a mind that refuses to change. If you want to lose weight, get stronger, read the bible more, overcome low self-esteem, overcome lack of emotional control, whatever it is first get your mind right. Your body likes spinach, but your mind will tell you it likes donuts. The word of God is alive and powerful in the things you need to understand, but your mind will tell you it doesn’t have time to read it. You have to get your mind right. Just like you can have the will to rejoice and be glad, you can have the will to eat spinach, and study the word of God. (hopefully you can connect to those simple examples)
Get rid of envy, blaming others, blaming your childhood, pettiness, unforgiveness, etc get all of that poison out your mind. It is only hindering you, and wasting your precious time. You can’t afford to waste another year with an old mentality. You have to step into your moments with a new mind. You have to have a new perspective and way of looking at your situations and circumstances.
If you are letting people, things, expectations, whatever keep you from rejoicing and having peace you are wasting time being miserable. Let the past go, let the words go, let the hurts go, let it all go, forgive and go. Don’t waste another year, be transformed by the renewing of your mind. If you have Jesus, and you are still struggling, you can have a complete metamorphosis right now. None of the junk in the old mind is worth hanging on to anyway.
As a man thinks so is he. The devil doesn’t have to manifest, beat you up, and bind you in chains. He just has to chain your mind down with stress, worry, envy, jealousy, pride, low self-esteem, anger, pettiness, etc. If he can chain your mind, he can chain all of you. He can make you physically sick just by making your mind sick.
Today is the day for you to be transformed and free.
Setting your mind free will set your life free. A transformed mind = a transformed life.