Romans 12:1-8, Psalm 51:10-12
It’s a new year so let’s talk about changing our minds! At the outset of a new year, a good thought for us to ponder is re-setting our minds. God can give us new minds and thus transform our nature and our actions. A few verses of scripture underline the fact that we can, in fact, find renewal.
Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.”
2 Corinthians 5:17-18
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Mark 9:23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to them that believe.”
It is time to change your mindset and renew your thoughts and ways of thinking. God never intended for us to live according to the world’s system and ways of doing things. He said that we are to live by FAITH (Hebrews 10:38). Without it, it is impossible to please Him. He wants those who call on Him to believe in Him, and trust that He rewards those who diligently seek after Him.(Hebrews 11:6)
God has already made the way for us to have victory, through Jesus Christ. So keep moving forward toward your destiny because others may be depending on you. Don’t stay where you are! Get to your promised land! So how do we do this? We need to change our way of thinking about God and Jesus. God gives you creative minds which gives us the ability to change our minds.
Sometimes, you can get a sermon or a writer’s block. Back in grade school, your teacher probably told you a hundred times, “outline, outline, outline.” Mark Twain had an outlining strategy. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”
You have to start allowing God to change your mindset by breaking your spiritual life down into manageable tasks. How many of us might have brought a problem with us to church this morning? You should see me exhale when I walk through the church doors with peace! This church is my sanctuary. This is my balance. I encourage you that when you get here to lay all of your problems aside and like the new year, approach each day with an open mind. In Matthew 17:20, “If you have faith, nothing will be impossible to you.”
If you pray and worship with conviction, a new energy may be released and you may find solutions to your problems. In this new year, may God give us serene minds. The Bible says, “the peace that passeth all understanding may be ours.” The word serene makes us think of a lake high in the mountains and a rocking chair on a front porch. These are pictures of serenity. God can give us a mind like that. Taking on the mind of God through our Christ can be brought out in the Lord’s supper. It is here we learn about the mind of Christ.
We learn how much more blessed it is to give than to receive.
We learn that he who loses his life shall find it.
Out of pain and suffering good may come.
Let’s find renewal through our faith and belief in God!