New Thoughts – Romans, 12:2

Devotionals, Featured | September 22, 2010


“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.”

The New Testament ties our ability to make personal change to a change in our thought life. This change is described as the renewing of our minds.

Those who have been trapped in sexual sin have valued things that are against God’s will, maybe for years. They have engaged in sinful behavior like having immoral sexual relations or fantasized about such things. They have allowed pornography and other sexual sins to encourage them to place great value on sexual fulfillment. They have raised up their sexual fulfillment as an idol. These thoughts and desires have been “burned” into their neural pathways. Now they may sin out of habit and without much forethought.

If you find yourself in this kind of trap, it should be clear that to change your behavior, God must first change your values. In order to change your values, He must change your mind and heart. This is the work of the Holy Spirit in you. Today’s scripture tells us that when we let God transform us into a new person by renewing our minds, we will learn to know His will for us–and His will is good and pleasing and perfect.

So first, you must get your mind off the world’s standards. “What I’m doing isn’t so bad. Lots of other people do it. It’s just a normal way of life these days.” And then get your mind on what God has to say about it. Read those scriptures you have been avoiding. Ask God to change the way you think.

4 Responses to “New Thoughts – Romans, 12:2”

  1. I am glad you said that!!


  2. Great writing! You should definitely follow up to this topic =D