New Year, New Mindset

Dec 10, 2011
New Year, New Mindset

“New Year, New Mind”
by:Andrea Macie

I was sitting with a friend recently having coffee and we were chatting about what the New Year meant to us. She shared something very simple, yet profound with me. She said that the new year was more about the changes that need to occur in our minds and thinking than it is about anything else. So true!
We can endeavor to let go of old habits and lifestyles and embrace the new habits and lifestyles that we desire but we will NOT succeed if we don’t let our minds be changed first. Thinking the right thoughts will lead to positive actions.

Romans 12:2 says “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”. (NKJV)

The same verse in the Amplified says it this way, “Do not be conformed to this world(this age), [fashioned after and adapted its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].

I would like to key in to the words “transformed”, “renew” and “prove”.
The word “transformed” in this verse is taken from the Greek word “metamorphoo”, which mean “changed”. The Greek word “metamorphoo” looks very much like the word metamorphosis. This is a term we use to describe the process by which a catapilar changes into a butterfly. In this kind of change, the new creature that is formed in no way resembles the creature it was made from. So the kind of transformation that our minds are to go though is complete. After studying the Word of God, our old minds and belief systems are changed into new minds that think right thoughts. 
The word “renew” is taken from a Greek word meaning “to bring back, restore”.
As long as we live on this earth, we forever need God’s grace to help us and bring us back to what is right in His sight. Our thoughts can be “brought back” to center through reading and meditating on the Word of God. Only God can restore our “stinkin’ thinkin’”. In another place in the Bible, we see that we are to take every thought captive and submit it to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor 10:5). But if we do not have the Word in us when a thought comes, we won’t have anything to compare it to to know if it is a right thought or not.
Finally the the word “prove” is taken form a Greek word meaning “to test, to examine, to try or interpret”. The only way to examine the truth of something is to compare it to Truth that has already been established. We must use the Word of God to help us interpret the things we experience in this life in order to know what is God and what is not.
So I encourage you friend to take that step of consistently diving into the Word of God. Start today and be faithful, you will see how God meets you and shows you things about Himself and yourself. Let the Word of God change your mind and change your life so that you can be restored and live the life that God intended for you to live!
The Bible is our instruction manual for how to live an enjoyable life(John 10:10), it’s our measuring tool for what to allow into our lives(2 Tim 3:16,17) and it’s the light that shows us the paths to take in life(Psalm 119:105).

I pray Father that each person reading this will take the challenge of faithfully reading their Bibles everyday. May each person desire to know You more and spend that quality time with You daily so that we can KNOW who we are in Christ and why we are here.  May we not be satisfied by anything less that Your best for us! And it is by Your grace that we can do this. In the Name of Jesus I pray, AMEN.

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