I recently completed a program that involved basic science research on a specific mast cell receptor. Towards the end of the program, my thoughts were literally consumed by ‘mast cells.’
On awakening, while driving and before going to bed, I thought of mast cells. I spent so much time studying mast cells that all I did all day long was think of mast cells.
That’s the same way we are to renew our minds with the Word of God.
Renewing the mind is the process of putting on the mind of Christ and unlearning the ways of this world in which we were previously conditioned (Ephesians 4:22-24). It involves studying and meditating on God’s Word consistently and filling our minds not with corruptible thoughts but with God’s Word.
It’s a process, not a magic pill so be patient with yourself while remaining committed to the process.
As a believer fills his mind with God’s Word and acts on it, he becomes more conscious of the Word so that it springs up within him and comes to his remembrance at every point of need.
The Word of God is Spirit and life (John 6:63). We are instructed to walk in the Spirit so that we do not fulfill the works of the flesh (Galatians 5:16). The more time you spend in the Word, the more it will fill your mind, leaving no room for the flesh.
Therefore, it is critical to develop an insatiable craving for the Word for that’s the only way to spiritual growth and maturity (1 Peter 2:2, Proverbs 4:20-22).
Other practical steps to renewing your mind
In addition to spending time in the Word, other practical steps to renewing your mind include:
Guard your mind
What you spend time thinking about is usually the product of the things you feed your mind. Be wary of technology!! Be mindful of what you watch and what you listen to because your thoughts will eventually lead to words and actions (Luke 6:45, Proverbs 4:23).
Take random thoughts captive
The moment a random dark thought comes into your mind, flush it out (2 Corinthians 10:5). While you may not be able to totally eradicate all dark thoughts from entering your mind, it’s your responsibility to kick the thoughts out and replace them with the word of God.
Practice Philippians 4:8
Put your thoughts to the test. Keep your thoughts true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy. If you find yourself focusing on a thought that does not fulfill all the 8 criteria above, kick it out!!
Focus on the living word
JESUS is the Word (John 1:1). Keep your eyes steadfastly fixed on him for he is the author and finisher of your faith (Hebrews 12:2).
Resolve to renew your mind by letting the word of God dominate your life.
Except where indicated, Scriptures are taken from the NIV.