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Guarding And Renewing Your Mind

on January 10, 2015

GUARDING AND RENEWING YOUR MINDMemory Verse: Psalm 101:3

Life Application: Be careful what you allow into your mind.

Bible Text:

Ephesians 4:17-24

Ephesians 4:14-16

Romans 12:1-2

Psalm 101:3

One sure way to guard yourself against Satan and his temptations is to renew your mind. Renew can be described as replacing something. We must replace our carnal mind with the mind of Christ. Renewing our mind is not something that automatically happens to us. We renew our minds by meditating on God’s truth and by letting the Holy Spirit guide and shape our thoughts and behaviors. It is a choice that we make. We will either work with the Holy Spirit and allow Him to transform our minds, or we will not.

Ephesians 4:17-24 NKJV

“This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.”

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth. As we spend time in His presence, He will bring to light to every lie that the enemy has tried to place in your mind. There are times that a person’s mind has become so insensitive to moral darkness, that only the Holy Spirit can show them the truth. Everyone’s mind is being molded – either by the world’s values or by God’s values. A believer mind must be transformed by renewing it. True spiritual transformation starts in the mind and heart. If a person’s mind is devoted to (centered around) the world and its concerns, it will produce a life that is tossed about by the culture.

Ephesians 4:14-16 NKJV

“that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ”

Having your mind devoted to God’s truth will keep you from being tossed around by every wind of doctrine. A mind that has been renewed will be able to resist the temptations of Satan and the culture.

Romans 12:1-2 NKJV

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

Part of guarding our minds is by being careful of what we allow into them.

Psalm 101:3 NKJV

“I will set nothing wicked before my eyes…”

The following verses in a children’s song have a lot of truth to them…

“O be careful little eyes what you see”

“O be careful little ears what you hear”

“O be careful little feet where you go”

Review

1. What does renew mean?

2. We must replace our carnal mind with the mind of ____________________.

3. How do we renew our minds?

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4. As we spend time in the Holy Spirit’s presence, He will bring to ___________ to every lie that the enemy has tried to place in your mind.

5. Everyone’s mind is being ___________________ – either by the world’s values or by God’s values.

6. True spiritual transformation starts in the ______________ and _______________.

7. If a person’s mind is devoted to the world and its concerns, it will produce a life that is __________________ about by the culture.

8. If a person’s mind is ______________________ to God’s truth it will keep them from being tossed around by every wind of doctrine.

9. A mind that has been renewed will be able to resist the _______________________ of Satan and the culture.

10. Part of __________________ our minds is by being careful of what we allow into them.

 

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