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  Romans 12:2
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Then you will be able to test and approve what
God's will is--His good, pleasing and perfect will.
First, let's determine what "renewing" in this
passage means. Thayer Greek Definition:
1) a renewal, renovation, complete change for
the better. We get a more expanded definition
from:Vines Greek Dictionary: The adjustment of
the moral and spiritual vision and thinking to transforming effect upon the life; The Romans
passage stresses the willing response on the renewal, well actually the initial renewal when
we except Jesus in our hearts. This is the renewal
by the Holy Spirit. This renewal refers to us
being renewed from the "old man" to the new
creation. This renewal comes from the mercy of
God. We are to continuing this renewing through
God's word and through communion with God, by
means of prayer and just talking with Him.
How Do We "Renew Our Minds"?
Joshua 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 be prosperous and successful.
Psalm 48:9
Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your
unfailing love.
Psalm 77:12
I will meditate on all your works and consider all your
mighty deeds.

(The entire book of Psalms 119 will clearly describe
how to renew your mind.)
This is an awesome promise:
Psalm 119:9
How can a young man keep his way pure?
By living according to your word.

Once again, in order to live according to His
word, we must know it.
Psalm 119:15
I meditate on your precepts and consider
your ways.

(Precept: In a general sense, any commandment
or order intended as an authoritative rule
of action; but applied particularly to commands
respecting moral conduct. The ten
commandments are so many precepts for
the regulation of our moral conduct.)
What Is The Purpose Of Renewing Our Mind?
Matthew 12:33-37
12:33 "Make a tree good and its fruit will be good,
or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, 12:34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are
evil say anything good? For out of the overflow
of the heart the mouth speaks.
12:35 The good man brings good things out of
the good stored up in him, and the evil man
brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.
12:36 But I tell you that men will have to give
account on the day of judgment for every
careless word they have spoken.
12:37 For by your words you will be acquitted,
and by your words you will be condemned."

Whatever goes in, comes out. What do you
want coming out?
Psalm 119:1-3
Blessed are they whose ways are blameless,
who walk according to the law of the LORD .
119:2 Blessed are they who keep his statutes and
seek him with all their heart.
119:3 They do nothing wrong; they walk in his ways.

In order to walk according to the law, we need to
know it! Other than prayer, we seek Jesus with Psalm 119:6-7 119:6 Then I would not be put to shame when I
consider all your commands.
119:7 I will praise you with an upright heart

The following information is taken from:
Adam Clarke's Commentary
Psalm 119:6 - Then shall I not be ashamed - Every act of
transgression in the wicked man
tends to harden his heart; and render it
callous. If a man who fears God is so
unhappy as to fall into sin, his
conscience reproaches him, and he is
ashamed before God and man. This is
a full proof that Godís Spirit has not
utterly departed from him, and that
he may repent, believe and be healed.

In other words, if we renew our minds in
God's word always, we will never get
to the point of turning back!
Verse 7 is an awesome result of renewing
our mind. We will have a clear
conscience, nothing to hide; we can
praise Jesus with all our hearts! Nothing
standing in the way! You see, eventually,
after daily renewing of the mind through
God's word, His word will fill our
minds and there will be no room for
garbage in there, no room for
the devil's lies!
Psalm 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I
might not sin against you.

David renewed his mind to hide
God's word in his heart that he might
not sin against God. Though we do
sin, we will certainly sin less, with more
of God's word on in our hearts. I
believe that we can come to a point
in our walk with God that we will
not sin intentionally any more.
Romans 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern
of this world, but be transformed
by the renewing of your mind.
Then you will be able to test and
approve what God's will is--his
good, pleasing and perfect will.

This is how we discover God's will for
our lives. We will be filling our minds
each day with something. Whether
it is junk or Jesus, something is
always going in. The more Jesus in
there, the less junk, the more junk
in there, the less of Jesus. It is our
choice as to what goes in.

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