A renewed mind is essential for understanding the real truth of God.
A renewing of the mind is essential to fully understand the answer to the question, “Who is Responsible?”
Ephesians 4:17-24 speaks about renewing the mind through the Spirit of God. This renewal comes by embracing God’s life in you and not holding on to a corrupt lifestyle and thought process. It is a purposeful, personal, quality decision that you must make for yourself. The Spirit provides you with help, but you must “put on” your new nature and renew your mind to God’s way of thinking.
Ephesians 4:17-24 (NLT)
17 With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. 18 Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him. 19 They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity. 20 But that isn’t what you learned about Christ. 21 Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, 22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God – truly righteous and holy.
You are encouraged to change your lifestyle and avoid giving too much heed to the understanding of your mind. This lifestyle change occurs as you demonstrate the new creature that you have become through acceptance of Christ in 2 Corinthians 5:17 and reorganize your mind to the spiritual perspectives of God through His Word. You must release your personal ideolatry as described in Ephesians 4:22-24.
Ephesians 4:22-24 (AMP)
22 Strip yourselves of your former nature [put off and discard your old unrenewed self] which characterized your previous manner of life and becomes corrupt through lusts and desires that spring from delusion; 23 And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude], 24 And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness.
The spiritually un-renewed mind is subject to ideolatry because it views itself as superior or even supreme. It does not acknowledge the fact that there is a higher level of truth or understanding that exceeds its own ability to comprehend. Human understanding comes from the mind, and it is carnal. Carnal mind reasoning is based on experience, education, culture, tradition, and many other factors. It operates under the premise that everything can be conquered or mastered by the human intellect. This level of understanding makes truth a relative concept since everyone sees things differently and judgment depends upon the perspective of the individual.
In Isaiah 55:8-9, we see that God thinks and acts far differently than we do.
Isaiah 55:8-9 (KJV)
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
A new thought process that comes from a spiritually renewed mind is essential for understanding the real truth of God. Real truth is not situational. It is absolute. It is up to us individually to find it. The tools have been provided for us, the evidence is all around us, and the desire for it is implanted in our beings. The problem is that the influence of the world system of lust, greed, and selfishness clouds that spiritual yearning. Man has created many ways and even organizations, which are also based on carnal mind reasoning, to satisfy his worldly yearning. These can further confuse the truth. The truth is that we are all responsible for our own spiritual well-being and growth. However, relying upon a man-conceived religion, institution, or rules set by an organization simply serves to pass off that responsibility to someone or something else. The relationship with God that we need is not through an intermediary of some sort.
We need a direct, one-on-one relationship with our Creator and that is through His Son, Jesus.
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