by Clint Byars
"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed (changed, transfigured) by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Romans 12:2
No amount of physical effort can produce spiritual transformation. Your spirit doesn’t grow, it’s either righteous and made one with God or it’s not. What needs to happen is that we begin to think, feel and act in agreement with the condition of our spirit so the rest of our being experiences transformation.
If you want changes in your life, they come through renewing your mind, not behavior modification. Renewing your mind persuades your heart of the truth and as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.
You will think about, feel and then do what you believe in your heart, so take the time to persuade your heart of Kingdom truth. Tend the garden of your heart so you’re yielded to the influence of God rather than focused on the way of the world or the world’s system. You can preach external, behavioral, specific, cultural issue focused messages or you can go after people’s hearts by preaching spiritual truth rather than carnal failure.
• Everything God has for us, every spiritual gift within us is worked out of us by grace through faith
• Faith accesses grace and faith works by love
• Faith is a response to what Jesus has done
• So do you know what Jesus has done? (see the Renew Your Mind posts to discover what He has done in believers)
Any attempt to earn or qualify through physical effort nullifies (renders ineffective) grace.
"I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly." Galatians 2:21 NASB
Note From Donna:
This teaching series has really clarified and opened my heart to see and understand the "how-to" of renewing my mind. These are actually notes from the 3-part video series. You can read through the rest of the notes and be better prepared for the video teaching which is below them. This is the link to do it. You will be totally blessed if you sink your mind into it and not just skim the surface of the words.