And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:23-24).
God's desire is for us to think at His level, so we can talk and act like Him. That's why He gave us His Word as the material to renew our minds. A Christian who is yet to renew his mind with the Word will not live the victorious life here on earth. In fact, the Bible refers to such Christians as carnally minded. To be carnally minded is to be sensed-ruled.
In the Old Testament, the children of Israel couldn't experience God's best because they couldn't relate with Him from the perspective of faith. They were men and women of the senses; hence they didn't know the ways of God--the faith lifestyle, though they were familiar with His acts. But over in the New Testament, we have the mind of Christ; therefore God expects our thoughts to align with the provisions of His Word.
God's thoughts transcend the sense realm. They are spiritual. The Apostle Paul, writing to the Church in Rome gave the importance of giving up your thoughts for His: And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:2).
Refuse to think defeat, poverty, sickness or fear; give up every thought of negativity. Think abundance, strength, strength, victory, success, faith and the good-life only. Philippians 4:8 says, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."
Father, I thank you for your Word that has the ability to produce your thoughts in me. As I study and meditate on the Word of faith, my mind is renewed, and I'm positioned for the higher life of success with your glory revealed in me, in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Rhapsody of Realities August 30, 2011
-Pastor Anita Oyakhilome