Romans 12:2 says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
The moment we accept Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit comes to live within us. He is the inner anointing of 1 John 2:27 which I wrote about yesterday. He is the Spirit of Truth that will lead us into truth which will set us free from the influences of our past.
Our mind is not automatically renewed at salvation. Inner transformation is a ‘work’ that is done in our heart as we yield to the Holy Spirit’s leading. Our flesh fights against that work. Sometimes it will squeal like a stuck hog. It resists radical change.
We have to remember that our hearts were dark. We were alienated from God. We did not retain Him in our thoughts. Therefore the practice of renewing our mind must become a daily discipline.
Ephesians 4:23 Amplified says, “And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind (having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude).” Have you ever woken up in the morning with a bad attitude? It is because you went to sleep with it.
One of the benefits of renewing our mind is to rehearse those truths just before we fall asleep at night. God’s hidden word in our heart will instruct us in the night. Psalm 16:7 says, “I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel; my heart also instructs me in the night seasons.”
As we continually renew our mind through memorizing and meditating on God’s word, we will fulfill the next verse. Verse 8 says, “I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.”
When the temptation to sin comes swooping in unexpectedly, His word will immediately be our ready sword to whack the temptation to pieces. The fiery dart’s power to entice is squelched instantly.
We are in a vicious battle. We have an adversary that hates the Lord, and therefore he hates us. God’s hidden word will be like a sentinel to warn us. The Holy Spirit uses what we have hidden in our heart to empower us to defeat every lying temptation.