Daily Spirit & Word: 729: Renewing Our Stinking Thinking.
How to fulfill your gifting, calling and mission by following Holy Spirit promptings.
Good morning my friends, I’ve had a busy but rewarding week so far, how’s your week going? Most people look forward to Friday, to having a day off from their labours. However, this weekend for me is going to be ‘really’ busy too. You know something, if it was quiet we’d probably wonder what to do with ourselves, but there’s a time for everything God’s Word tells us.
Not a lot of people know this, but once I used to sing and play the guitar in a small group that went from church to church teaching and preaching renewal. This was in the 1980s, I was a very young Christian then (not age wise, but longevity), and to be honest I didn’t fully understand the renewal mission I was part of. All I knew is that we were filled with the Holy Spirit and others needed to know about it and get it too. It was a wonderful time and we saw God’s awesome hands at work in people’s lives, as they were filled and transformed.
One little church we visited in Devonport in Plymouth was at the foot of a mighty poverty stricken estate, it was an A. O. G. fellowship, being run at the time by four very old ladies. What a shock I was in for, because we thought we were going to encourage them, let them get more of Holy Spirit power for their ministry of outreach, but as the evening progressed the LORD was about to give me a huge lesson. These ladies were more filled, empowered and knowledgeable about the LORD than I’ll ever hope to be. Talk about being put-in-your-place. No wonder the Bible encourages us in this way;
Romans 12:1-21 (NIV)
1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.
2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.
4 Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,
5 so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith.
7 If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach;
8 if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honour one another above yourselves.
11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord.
12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
13 Share with God’s people who are in need. Practise hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.
18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
19 Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.
20 On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
If ever you wanted a LIST of HOW to LIVE the Spirit Filled Life: then all you’d need to do is study Romans 12. It is a GOLD MINE: Full of precious golden spiritual nuggets.
Renewal: In this passage is right up there too “The renewing of your mind” Romans 12:2… How do we get that?
Thankfully the LORD renewed my thinking that day, but I wasn’t fully aware of all the Scriptures then on ‘renewing our minds’, I’m still learning today. But here’s HOW God wants to renew our minds: Titus 3:1-8 (NIV)
1 Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good 2 to slander no-one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility towards all men. 3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Saviour appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Saviour, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.
8 This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.
Renewal of the MIND is by the RENEWAL of the HOLY SPIRIT: We are being transformed, changed, renewed by Him every single day we live the Christian life. It begins with the REBIRTH: I remember how my own thinking changed immediately; I once thought God’s Word was just a collection of stories, He changed that and I KNEW from that moment on it was God’s WORD, living and active. Awesome! I once thought as a young Christian that homosexuality was ok, just let them get on with it, who are we to judge etc… but then as I got my mind renewed by the Holy Spirit, I began to see a new level of morality in God’s Word and it challenged me to the core of my being, but I accepted it, submitted to it and began to teach / share with others what God has been teaching me.
Over The Years: When I first began to proclaim the Gospel, I did so parrot fashion, I’d learned from people like Billy Graham and other great Evangelists, but swallowed the modern thinking of ‘not being offensive’ so I left out a lot of Biblical Gospel demands; repentance, sorrow for sin, true conversion. My appeal was like most modern churches, to a better life rather than a transformed life. I re-discovered the Gospel is more about righteousness than life enhancement. So the LORD couldn’t leave me in that false message for very long. I had to repent big-time and learn afresh the full Gospel message; oh how the LORD is continually renewing our stinking thinking.
Sober Judgement of SELF:
“Don’t think too highly about yourself”, i.e. it’s not all about ME… We are part of a body with different functions and gifts, we need each other and if one part is not functioning the whole body suffers as a result. A body is JOINED TOGETHER (We belong to each other), we’re so closely related we’re the SAME BODY… You know when someone gets a transplant then they are put on a course of anti-rejection drugs for the rest of their life, in case the body rejects the new organ, but in Christ we’re so compatible in Him that we’re part of the SAME body as Jesus. No wonder we’re encouraged to be sober-minded about our own worth…
Another passage along the same lines as Romans 12 is Philippians 2. “Consider others better than yourself”
Philippians 2:2-5 (NIV)
2 … then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
In that run-down chapel on a run-down housing estate in Devonport my Lord Jesus taught me a valuable lesson and humbled me to the point of tears. I had to repent of an attitude of superiority, and of thinking of myself as ‘better’ than another member of my own Christ family. We were going to give them some ‘RENEWAL’, but in reality is was ME who was most renewed that night, in my thinking, my attitude and my presumptuous nature. It was the most uncomfortable, but at the same time, most rewarding night of renewal in my life. Praise the LORD.
The scriptures on Renewal are always choc-full of practical advice. Of how to apply to our lives what we see and hear, I began this week with that teaching on changed desires, changed attitudes, changed life, and the Lord has reminded me of just how practical His Word really is. I hope this week’s been a rich source of golden nuggets and blessings for you too.
Be full of Holy Spirit and let Him RENEW your mind, then you’re desires will be to fulfil His prompting, His calling and His gifting. Amen!
What we all need is: Mind Renewal, Mind Transformation, A New Paradigm, A Biblical Perspective on life, living, worship… Complete Renewal. Thankfully when we’re getting filled and sharing what we already know He’s going to take us deeper into Himself. Awesome!
The Biblical Gospel is all about LIFE TRANSFORMATION
Being TRANSFORMED in our thinking is just learning to think like God on how we should be living in this world.
Life transformation beats life enhancement hands down. “What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?”…
Let’s pray the LORD will RENEW all our stinking thinking. Amen!
This weekend is going to be AWESOME with Holy Spirit signs and wonders. Let Him fill your heart right now.
WORSHIP HIM NOW:
I hear the sound of a distant thunder: Stoneleigh Worship
A Holy Ghost Revival.
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