Summary: Life change starts with the renewing of our mind. We need to (1) watch what we feed our mind, and (2) not quench the Spirit (1 Thess 5:19) when He prompts, reminds and guides us with the Word of God.
• It looks good, smells good, and tastes good, but that does not means it is good.
• It gratifies us, it makes us happy, we love it, but a steady diet of such food can literally kill you. Someone said it, “You are what you eat!”
The same is true with our spiritual diet. You are what you feed on.
• You put garbage in and you’ll have garbage out. The battleground is in your mind.
• If we fill our minds with junk food – borrowing John’s words - the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – we will end up in misery.
• Like fast food, it tastes good, looks good, and promises to give us a wonderful time, but at the end it leads us to despair.
Erwin W. Lutzer: “The difference between worldliness and godliness is a renewed mind.”
• Paul says, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Cor 10:5)
• So STOP the flow of toxins into your thinking (the deceptions and lies that , media, etc.) and FILL your mind with the truth of God’s Word.
You need to take some radical steps to shut off the supply lines of the bombarding messages of worldly values.
• If you continue to fill your mind with messages that promote lust, greed, pride, desires of the flesh, or whatever, you are giving lots of room for these thoughts to become a mindset – a mind set on the things I fill it with.
• A worldly mindset is a mind filled with the values of this world, conforming to the pattern of this world.
You have to shut off that supply line, and renew your mind with the truths of God’s Word.
• You will experience something amazing – your thinking will change.
• And because of that, your desires and attitudes will begin to change. You’ll find your behaviour changing because some things just don’t appeal to you anymore.
You see, the change in your behaviour did not come by focusing on your behaviour.
It comes by changing your thinking. Here are some practical ways to renew your mind:
(1) Hear God’s Word – faith comes from hearing the Word (Rom 10:17)
(2) Read God’s Word – we grow in the knowledge of God (Col 1:10)
(3) Study God’s Word – Paul says to Timothy, so that you can “correctly handles the word of truth” (2 Tim 2:15)
(4) Memorize God’s Word – Psalm 119:11 “I have hidden your Word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
(5) Meditate on God’s Word – the one who meditates “is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.” (Psa 1:3)
Josh 1:8 “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”