Although few people welcome change, secure individuals have a personal identity that is not threatened by change. When we get to know the Lord’s nature (Exodus 34:6-7) we can place great confidence (trust) in the Lord. We do not have to fear the process by which God conforms us to His image. We should fear refusing to change and continuing cyclical behavior. Because human mistakes and failures distort our perceptions of reality leaving us vulnerable and confused, we often feel like the best that we can do is settle into a way of life and thinking, that offers us the least resistance. Being stuck in a prison of hopeless thinking makes us believe that change is not even possible. Many years ago, Dr. Roy Harthern helped me to understand the power of renewed thinking and the ability to really change human behavior. The Word of God gives us the guiding principles for change:
1.Ephesians 4:22-24 – Put off the old man, put on the new man through the renewing of your thinking. We have to change our thinking to put on the new man.
2.Romans 12:1-3 – In presenting our body continually to the Lord and renewing our mind we experience the will of God.
3.Colossians 3:1-10 – Getting a mindset on spiritual things helps us to be lifted above the natural realm into the Spiritual realm.
Renewing the mind is not a quick fix or our human effort to go from negative to positive. Renewing the mind brings real change as we move toward the kind of mind Adam had before death set in, the kind of mind that is in harmony with the Lord.