L. A. Marzulli
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12: 2
We are surrounded by mind-thought-pollution. We are immersed in it and we see it in the commercials, TV shows, news items, movies, and at our places work… pretty much everywhere.
We are bombarded with images, thoughts, temptations, vulgarities and every crude and rude comment, story, and coarse joke one can imagine.
This is why we are admonished by Paul to renew our minds. We do this by hitting God’s word first thing in the morning and then, throughout the day, recalling those verses. We do this by singing praise songs or recalling a Bible story or better yet, when God’s spirit, His comforter speaks to us and gives us a “word,” a check in our spirit, guiding our steps.
Paul instructs us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds.
Original Word: ἀνακαίνωσις, εως, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Phonetic Spelling: (an-ak-ah’-ee-no-sis)
Short Definition: renewing
Definition: renewing; a renewal or change of heart and life. (Emphasis mine)
It’s important to realize the tension we find ourselves living in. We are, as I stated earlier, surrounded by a world which, for the most part, doesn’t want anything to do with the things of God. So as we travel through life it’s important to embrace the tension and yet because of the daily, constant renewing of our minds, to be separate from the perversion and sin which can so easily beset us.
Paul also gives us a punch list.
Philippians 4:8, NIV: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”
In other words we are to set our minds on these things. This is an act of will. We choose the good. We choose to think about what is true, noble. right, pure, lovely, admirable and anything that is excellent or praiseworthy.
Then in Phillippians 4:9 Paul goes on and states this: Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. (Emphasis mine)
This is a promise of God’s peace being with us as we put into practice thinking on the punch-list in Phillippians 4:8.
Have a good week and stay close to Him who is the author and finisher of our salvation!
Hi L. A.,
very quick update.
Phil has been rediagnosed various times.
Downgraded from heart attack to embolism, to no embolism, no heart attack. Now they say it is pleurisy or pneumonia. So now antibiotics and a week in hospital. To watch the diagnosis being reduced was amazing…they were definite about the heart attack and the embolism together and now everything has changed. We are watching the power of prayer,I think.
Thank you so very much.
Jane – Battling Cancer
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