Romans 12:1–2 (NIV84)
1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
What is on your mind?
For the road trip, I had to begin to think in new patterns. At first, I wasn’t sure how many miles we could ride in a day. I had to think it through. Then, I began to plan from one campground to the next campground. We realized we only wanted to ride during daylight hours, so we factored this into the mix of our thinking. Then, when we traced the journey into Canada, we realized there were some long stretches between fuel stops, so we thought about how to conquer those challenges.
This passage tells us conforming to the pattern of this world and being transformed happen in our mind. This world and its ways are held in place by a pattern of thinking residing in the human mind. Unless we intentionally choose to be transformed in our minds, we will never actually be able to test and approve God’s will. We won’t operate at the proper frequency. The new you and the journey ahead require a higher level of thinking. The thinking you have used in the past got you EXACTLY where you are right now. To go higher, live better, and achieve God’s dream, you must renew your mind.
Start by clarifying your thinking. The challenge we have as spiritual beings has more to do with our human experience than anything else. Our Spirit man is connected to the Holy Spirit who lives on the inside of us. He is in constant communion with our spirit. Static arises in our ability to hear what the Holy Spirit is saying due to outside interference and our own internal script. We often tend to believe what others say, or what we say about ourselves rather than listening to God and what His Word declares over us. When we make a wrong choice, rather than responding based on what He has spoken, “You are forgiven, you are righteous, you are mine,” we beat ourselves up. We call ourselves names…Stupid, good for nothing, jerk…and fail to realize, we just spoke against one of the highest creations of God…YOU.
Getting clarity requires some time to unplug, go offline, power down, or any of the other helpful metaphors you need to get quiet and to learn to listen to the waves, patterns, and frequencies of the Father’s voice on the inside. In order to do this, we must step away from the usual for a time. Remember, it is your humanness which God loves, but your humanness also gets in the way of hearing him. One of the best ways to set a new course is by fasting.
- Think through your days to see when you are at your best. Schedule the hard stuff then and allow yourself some time to rest afterwards.
- Have you emptied your cabinets yet of the things which might trip you up? Do it now, or else you will find yourself tempted in ways you needn’t be.