(Rom 7:22) For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
(Rom 7:23) But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
(Rom 7:24) O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
(Rom 7:25) I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
Renew The Mind Ministries is predicated on the biblical principal of salvation through the finished work of Christ on the cross and sanctification through the renewing of the mind. Our ministry is built on the idea that salvation is not the end all rather the first small step on the path of God's plan for the restoration and redemption for mankind and that the renewing of the mind is the second step towards that end.
(Rom 12:1) I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
(Rom 12:2) And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
(Rom 12:3) For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
You see albeit salvation is a free gift that we receive when we accept Christ Jesus as our Savior, and albeit gifts cost us nothing, sanctification comes with a price and that price is the offering of our bodies as living sacrifices unto God. This is our "reasonable service" that is seen as holy and acceptable in the eyes of our Father God.
Now this "service" (latreia), this sacrifice, is literally ministration of God, that is to say that it is giving worship to Him.
The word "worship" (proskuneō) means to kiss, (like a dog licking his masters hand); to fawn or crouch to, that is, (literally or figuratively) prostrate oneself in homage (do reverence to, adore), and we worship Him, we adore Him, because of this gift of salvation given to us albeit we, as sinners, were not worthy to receive it.
This worship begins by making a conscience decision to not be conformed to the world (aiōn - age). That is to say that we agree to repent of the ways of the age and turn to the ways of God. It means that we reject what the world says and believe what God says. It means that we put the will of God, which is good, and acceptable, and perfect to the test (prove).
And we do so in a spirit of humility, not thinking more highly of ourselves than we aught to think, but of sound mind (soberly) because God has given us the measure of faith to accomplish all that is of His will.
This is not about what we can do for ourselves it is about receiving what He has already done!
You see the primary reason that most Christian believers find themselves feeling defeated in this life is because they become overwhelmed by things that they are not supposed to even be concerned with because they are trusting in themselves and not in God. That is to say that they are trying to do that which has already been done for them.
They see themselves as the source of their lives and see the world as the realm in which they live. Subsequently, because their minds have not been transformed, they speak as the world speaks, act as the world acts and think the way the world thinks.
What is the mind?
To better understand what the mind is we must first understand what it is not!
The mind is not the place where thought takes place, it is not the place of reason, it is not the place of desires nor is it the place of the will. The heart is the place where these things reside. The heart is the essence or the soul of man.
The mind is that place which stands between the brain and the heart that acts as a kind of filter, if you will.
As physical beings we see and hear, and smell, and feel, and taste the things of the world. All of this information enters us through our natural senses and get's stored in our brain, which in reality is nothing more than a computer hard drive.
It is the heart that thinks and contemplates and directs our words and actions!
(Isa 10:7) Howbeit he meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy and cut off nations not a few.
(2Sa 13:33) Now therefore let not my lord the king take the thing to his heart, to think that all the king's sons are dead: for Amnon only is dead.
Now there are many who believe that this is simply bible babble and that there is no evidence supporting that this is true. Well, this might have been so 30 years ago, and it was certainly true 2,500 years ago, but it is not true today!
According to neuro-cardiologists, 60 to 65 percent of heart cells are neuron cells, not muscle cells. This discovery has helped them develop experiments that have proved the heart works similar to the brain and in some ways is even superior to the brain. This may be the reason that the heart is the first organ to function after conception. Within about 20 days after conception, the heart starts to function, but the brain does not function until after roughly 90 days. This information tells us that the brain is secondary to the heart.
Research in the new discipline of neuro-cardiology shows that the heart is a sensory organ and a sophisticated center for receiving and processing information. The nervous system within the heart (or “heart brain”) enables it to learn, remember, and make functional decisions independent of the brain’s cerebral cortex. Moreover, numerous experiments have demonstrated that the signals the heart continuously sends to the brain influence the function of higher brain centers involved in perception, cognition, and emotional processing.
The mind is that place where the information passing from the brain to the heart and the heart to the brain is filtered. That is to say that the mind is that place where we can control what information passes from the brain into the heart. It is the place where we can take thoughts captive and decide what information we will allow into our hearts and what information we will prohibit from entering into it.
Therefore the renewed mind allows only the things of God to enter into the heart and prohibits anything that is not of God from entering into it.
(Luk 6:45) A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
It is for this very reason that at the time of our salvation God removes our heart of stone and replaces it with a heart of flesh (Eze 36:26). The heart of stone is the heart of the old nature that has been exposed only to the natural realm. The heart of flesh is given us so that with our new spirit, in communion with the Spirit of God, it can receive the things of God, especially the deep things of God (the spirit of the new testament) which have been written upon it's flashy tables (2Cor 3:3) so that we do not walk in the flesh (the world).
(2Co 10:2) But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh.
(2Co 10:3) For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
(2Co 10:4) (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
(2Co 10:5) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
(2Co 10:6) And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
(2Co 10:7) Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ's, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ's, even so are we Christ's.
The renewing of the mind to permit only the things of God into our hearts trains us not to look on things after their outward appearance. It empowers us to cast down imaginations and everything that exults itself against Godly knowledge and bring into captivity every thought that leads us unto the obedience of Christ so that we can transform into His image and likeness.
The world judges all things by their outward appearance. The world speaks and acts out of it's natural understanding. The renewing of the mind empowers Christian believers to overcome the world, as He overcame the world, and it leads us unto the path of the children of God who walk after the Spirit and not after the desires of the flesh!