Series Theme Verse: “My child, pay attention to my words; listen closely to what I say. Don’t ever forget my words; keep them always in mind. They are the key to life for those who find them; they bring health to the whole body. Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life.” (Proverbs 4:20-23) [NCV]
“Be made new in the attitude of your minds.” (Ephesians 4:23) [NIV]
Today’s Text: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2) [ESV]
• Conform: to fit into a mold; make or become the same; to behave in a conventional way by accepting without question the customs, traditions and prevailing opinions of others.
• Transform: to change the nature, character or personality.
Repent: metanoia = change the way you think
Confess: homologeo = say the same thing
• When I say what God says, I begin to think like God thinks.
“Be Made New” = renovate
Renovation begins with demolition.
“Some sat in darkness and deepest gloom, imprisoned in iron chains of misery… ‘LORD, help!’ they cried in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress. He led them from the darkness and deepest gloom; He snapped their chains. Let them praise the LORD for His great love and for the wonderful things He has done for them. For He broke down their prison gates of bronze; He cut apart their bars of iron.” (Psalm 107:10-16) [NLT]
“…anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17) [NLT]
God isn’t asking you to make a promise you can’t keep. He’s asking you to receive a promise only He can keep!
My Faith Confessions:
I believe Jesus Christ died for my sins and rose again from the dead on the third day. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
I am a new creation in Christ; the old life is gone, a new life has begun. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
The Son has set me free. I am free indeed! (John 8:36)
There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)
God is faithful. He will not let me be tempted beyond what I can bear. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
Nothing can ever separate me from the love of God in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:38-39)
He is able to do immeasurably more than all I ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within me. (Ephesians 3:20)
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13)
Greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4)
God is for me! Who can be against me? (Romans 8:31)