Renewing your mind: my mast cell analogy

renewing your mind

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.

 

 

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7 comments

  1. Beautiful and well said. When our minds is set on Him, the direction of our lives stays in His will.
    Thanks for the beautiful thoughts

  2. You hit the nail on the head on every point. In my daily study of the Word, I have developed a hunger of it even in those busy days I feel a gentle tug of the Holy Spirit calling me to come sup at the Word. As you rightly pointed out the Holy Spirit will bring to our minds the word we need to deal with any situation we are facing. It’s up us to obey. Thank for James 1:22..Be ye doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves!

  3. Another beautiful rendition. Love reading this posts. It’s great assurance that God cares about everything even what we consider simple and/or irrelevant. He knows how to truly meet our needs
    Thank you

  4. Chizobam this is very inspiring I tell you……. some guilty moments! But we are reassured in His grace. More importantly, to renew the right spirit within.

    1. Hello Kelly,
      Thanks for visiting. Yep, we have to continuously counsel ourselves to yield ourselves to the way of the Lord.

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