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October 15, 2019

Change Your Mind

“Do not conform 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.” (Romans 12:2)

The world around us is constantly trying to squeeze us into its mold. Through media, advertising, social pressures, cultural values or whatever, the “world” is constantly telling us who we should be and what our lives should look like. But God has given us a way to be free of the pressure to conform to the world. As our mind is trained by the truth of God’s Word we can discern God’s will and know what He wants for us and from us.

One of the best examples of a renewed mind comes from the story of the Bereans in Acts 17:11. It says they received Paul’s teaching of the Word with “great eagerness” and “examined the Scriptures daily to see if it was true.” The Bereans were being changed by a desire to hear from God and tested what they were being taught against the Word of God.

This doesn’t mean we only read the Bible all the time. But learning the mind and heart of God trains us how to filter and discern the truth in every situation.

We should always ask: Is this true from the Bible’s point of view? (Colossians 1:10, 3:2)

Other questions that help us discern God’s will:

- Is it good for me? (healthy, right, beneficial, brings life) Romans 7:10,

- Does this please God? What are those things in which God delights? (see Jeremiah 9:24, Micah 6:8)

- Does this make me useful in accomplishing the tasks God has given me?

Question: Where do you feel the pressure of the world squeezing you into its mold?

Challenge: Memorize Romans 12:2

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the transforming power of your Word. Help me to desire it and be changed by it. Amen.

Geoff Horn, Chapel Leader -- San Diego Padres

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