Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2 ESV)
“God has designed a way of renewing the mind to transform ours heart and our character” – John Piper
(Transformed) “That word is used one time in all the gospels, namely, about Jesus on the mountain of transfiguration (the mountain of “transformation” — same word, metemorphōthē): “And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light” (Matthew 17:2; Mark 9:2). (1)
(rhythm – a strong, regular, repeated pattern of movement or sound.)
God has made a way through Jesus to enter his presence, so that we can worship him unhindered, and be changed by his power. Our minds are the daily target of the world, the flesh, and the Devil. Giving into negative thinking that’s not informed by Gods’ word, is destructive to our souls. Departing from the path that God has for us to renew our minds, disturbs the rhythm, and design he has for our lives. We must practice the presence of God by coming to him daily. Idolatry is placing anything in the path between us and God. Minds that have not been renewed will focus on worldly success, and mind numbing entertainment. And slip into patterns of carnal thinking.
Life is about rhythms: The Sun rises in the morning and sets in the evening. The tide goes in and out. The planets revolve around the sun and seasons come and go. So it is vitally important to establish a daily rhythm in our prayer lives – just like going to sleep at night, and waking up each morning. I find it helpful to start the day and end it in prayer. I’m not great at this, and some days are easier than others, but the bottom line for me is: Will I allow idols that compete for my affection for God everyday, cause a disruption in my time with him?
We must guard ourselves from those things that seek to displace Jesus from the throne of our hearts and this can only be accomplished by the renewing of our minds, daily.
(1) John Piper, The Renewed Mind and How To Have It. Sermon, August 15, 2004.