Being Renewed

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
Romans 12:2 (NIV)

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”
II Corinthians 4:16 (NIV)

I was involved an incident involving a theft and while I was talking to the policeman he said, “Reverend, you’re in the forgiveness business, not me. I don’t believe people can change, I don’t believe in rehabilitation. A leopard does not change his spots.” Well, that’s not the message of today’s passage. God is the God of change. He is the author of sanctification, a process of making us more and more into His likeness. Paul tells us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Paul’s own testimony is that he was inwardly being changed and renewed day by day. But do we believe it? How many of us believe in God and yet secretly believe the policeman’s theory that we are hopelessly lost, unable to change any of our spots? The truth is that many neuroscientists are starting to have more faith in man’s ability to change than Christians. Today’s research touts how brain plasticity allows new thought pathways to be created at any time in our life. Books like, “The Brain That Changes Itself” or “Change Your Brain Change Yourself” speak of how “Fearfully and wonderfully” we are made. God, the great creator, is also the re-creator. Today, present your whole self to Him. Ask Him to renew your mind and personality, day by day

Father, I am so thankful that You do not feel I am stuck in a rut. You believe in me and have a wonderful plan for my life. I commit myself to You and ask that You would renew me day by day and make me more like You.


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