Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test
The picture above says it all. There is only one way to have a renewed mind that is transformed and not conformed to the patterns of this world. Without this WAY you will never know God, grow spiritually, or understand what it means to follow Jesus.
There is Only One Way
If you want to be transformed by the renewing of your mind then you have to read your Bible. It's as simple as that. Do you want to know God's will? Read your Bible. Do you want to know what God says about sin? Read your Bible. Do you want to know what God expects from you? READ YOUR BIBLE!
Do I sound like a broken record? Yet, we are admonished by the Lord to do this very thing: "And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise" (Deuteronomy 6:6-7).
What happens to the believer who studies the Word of God diligently? They begin to transform into a person who is able to "test and approve" God's will. What does it mean to "test and approve" God's will? I thought we weren't supposed to test God? The Greek word used here is dokimazō and it doesn't mean putting God to the test, it means to "test, approve, prove, or scrutinize whether a thing is real or not." Did you get that? When our minds are transformed and renewed, we grow spiritually into people who are more discerning of God's will.
My mind became renewed when I first picked up a Bible and discovered Jesus. The more I read, the more I liked Him and the more I liked Him the more I wanted to put my trust in Him. And so the moment came when I discerned that trusting God with my life and committing it to Him was God's will for me. His good, pleasing and perfect will. When I said yes to God my life was instantly transformed and my mind became renewed because it was now focused on pleasing and knowing God. But, if I had not continued to read my Bible I would not know anything more about God. I would be like a baby who refused to grow up and learn. I would not know how to live my life in accordance with God's ways and His plans. I would not be able to discern His will in all things. I would only be able to rest in the knowledge that once, a long time ago, I trusted in God. If I had done nothing more then say yes to accepting Christ as my Saviour, then how would our relationship grow? How would I be able to discern His will for me? I could easily fall back into my former way of life that was accustomed to the patterns of this world, where everything wrong is right and everything right is wrong, simply because I did not invest my time into our relationship. This is how marriages fail. Couples get married and don't invest time in each other like they did when they were dating. They become accustomed to each other and soon take each other for granted.
If you are not investing time in your relationship with God, your faith will start to wither and dry up. You will begin to have doubts about your salvation and about God. In order for your mind to be continually renewed and transformed you must be in the Word of God every day. Then, when we talk to Him, our prayer life becomes more intimate and fruitful. I find that I never actually stop praying or talking to God throughout the day now. It has become second nature to me.
Reading your Bible helps build your belief in God. It shows you unequivocally that He is real!
When we grow in our knowledge of the Word we strengthen not only our belief in God, but our prayer life as well and without even realizing it our ways become conformed to His ways.
This is how we know God's good, pleasing and perfect will.
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