Saturday, January 07, 2012

How to discern the will of God. Renew your mind...

Haddon Robinson once said, "We want to make right decisions, for we realize that the decisions we make turn around and make us." How true.

So, how do we learn to make right decisions? We learn to make decisions based on the will of God. And how do we discern the will of God? According to Romans 12:1-2, we present our bodies, counter our culture, and renew our minds.

We must learn how to constantly remind ourselves of the truths in God's Word so that we begin to think biblically. That's when we are transformed so that our desires will reflect God's desires.

... be transformed by the renewal of your mind...
Romans 12:2b (ESV)

We don't just hear God's Word once and figure we've got it down. We continually review the truth in the Word.

And when our minds are renewed, we’re transformed.

I love the word “transformed” in these verses. In the original it’s metamorphoo. We learned the word in grade school. Metamorphosis. A caterpillar morphs into a butterfly.

That’s what God intends for us.

We are to change, to morph, to grow! Staying the same isn’t an option. Don’t you want your life to be different at the end of 2012 than it is today? An angry mom becomes more patient. A lazy student becomes more disciplined. A sour dad becomes more joyful. An impatient single person becomes more at peace.

Being transformed is the process of actually becoming more and more like Jesus Christ. Sometimes it’s called sanctification in the Bible. It’s “morphing” to be all you can be for the glory of God!

Question… Am I actually becoming more loving, more joyful, more at peace, more patient, more kind, more like Jesus or not?

To move this out of the realm of theory and into reality, think about one thing that you’d like to see changed in your life over the course of this year. Write it down.

How can I be transformed? By renewing my mind. Engage with a Chronological Bible Reading Plan. develop a Spiritual Growth Plan. Join a Men’s Bible Study or a Women’s Bible Study. Get plugged into a Community Group.

Put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and… be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and… put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
Ephesians 4:22-24 (ESV)


You won’t know any more about the will of God for your life in 2012 than you do today unless you make a radical decision to renew your mind.

To discern the will of God, present your body, counter your culture, and renew your mind.

Now, notice what happens when we present our bodies, counter our culture, and renew our minds. It’s in the last part of Romans 12:2.

… by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Romans 12:2c (ESV)

God will reveal His will. And as you obey Him, you'll make the right decisions that, in turn, will make you.

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