FACING THE NEW YEAR WITH A RENEWED MIND
by Justus Ondieki
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'Hey, young man, look up!'
'I am sorry sir' I answered. A man twice my age was staring at me while he spoke those words. I had accidentally stepped on his foot as I was busy walking and talking on phone. It is in the heart of the city, the first day of the year, everyone in town is busy as ever, so much noise, music all over, people moving from one store to another, children holding hands with their lovely parents, business men ushering customers to their stores and oh, it is a new day that others get new things for their families, it is the order of the day! And now that the man was carrying new shoes which of course he dropped down after I stepped on his foot, I picked them up, handed him and said sorry again.
Now, that voice from the man whom I stepped onto kept on my mind for long after I left him. 'Hey, young man, look up.' It came to my mind, that this is New Year, though I knew it, it definitely woke me up from my thoughts. What are we up to for us who know the Lord? And this scripture came to my mind, Romans 12:1-2. 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. 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.
Yes, and another scripture Colossians 3:2 as King James Version puts it, Set your affection (mind) on things above, not on things on the earth. This is what the Lord requires from each one of us, this year is going to be a new year with our minds renewed. There is so much we see around us, so much we think in our minds, our hearts and spirits, therefore, there is need for us to be renewed in our spirits if we need to see God.
But we cannot renew ourselves on our own. We can guard ourselves from corrupting influences. We can offer ourselves to God and come to better discern His will. Ultimately, however, God Himself must do the renewing, not just when we are saved, but daily. Only God's grace can sustain, empower, and renew us. Let's offer ourselves completely to Him. Then, let's confidently ask for His grace to empower, perfect, and renew us all throughout this year!
The world is full of many evils, so much going on, we hear, we see, we encounter but God's word is so loud and clear, that though we live on this world, we are not of the world, our home awaits us, and before we get there, a place where Jesus went to prepare for us, we must not be conformed to the pattern of this world, let's set our minds on things above, be renewed from every form of sin, every form of idle word we have ever uttered and embrace the true nature of Christianity!
Our lives need transformation each new day. Transformation can only come when we renew our minds. It is my prayer today that God will transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Probably you have been thinking negatively, not seeing that anything good can ever happen to you, you have lived in debt, no job, been sick until you lost hope, I have come to tell you that it is the year of transformation, a new year with renewed mind. God wants to do a new thing in your life, He wants to transform you, only submit in His will. Change your thinking and your perspective on things, once this happens, you'll find yourself no longer conforming to the standards of this world but to the will of God.
I have come to learn that the way we think matters a lot. When we think we can never make it or amount to anything, this really is true and it happens. It is through our mind that we start thinking. We know that the battle is in the mind, it all starts there. The way you think determines the way you feel, and the way you feel determines the way you act. If you want to change the way you act, you must determine the way you think.
You can't start with the action. You've got to start with the thought and for our thoughts to be right and positive then we must agree to be renewed in our minds!
Look at King David, a man after God's own heart, he looked at Bathsheba and he thought about her. And the rest of the story you know what happened. Let's therefore each day, each hour renew our minds by applying God's Living Word, just as John 17:17 says Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.. By doing this, we will lock out the devil's evil thoughts from our minds and hearts.
Finally, it is my prayer that this year, we walk in victory, in God's protection and in His will. Our minds being renewed, our conscience clear, nothing will definitely separate us from the love of God. Therefore, let this be our guiding scripture 2Cor. 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. Yes, it is a new year and am gonna walk looking up to my savior, my mind renewed and focused on things above.
God bless you all.
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