February 2020

Renew Your Mind with God’s Word

Do not conform any longer 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 most important thing you can do every day – is renew your mind with God’s Word. When you get that right, everything else will begin to fall into place. You’ll think and act differently, so you’ll get different results. Do you remember the old TV series The Beverly Hillbillies? What made the show so interesting is that Jed and his family had been set free from their past – a life of poverty back in the Ozarks. But even after they moved to California’s Beverly Hills, they continued in their “hillbilly” ways. Their location had changed, but their mindset hadn’t. The same was true of the Israelites. They had a slave mentality. Even though they were free and God was providing their every need, the minute a problem came up they wanted to go back to Egypt. They couldn’t enter tomorrow because they were still carrying the baggage of yesterday! Read these words carefully: “Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it” (Hebrews 4:1). You ask, “But aren’t God’s promises guaranteed?” Yes, if you do what He says! He promised to direct your paths – if you acknowledge Him in all your ways. He promised to forgive you – if you forgive others. You only “prove what is that good … acceptable … perfect will of God” by continually renewing your mind! So the word for you today is: Renew your mind with God’s Word.

The last Wednesday of this month is Ash Wednesday and I believe the words of Jesus in Mark 1:14b-15 are applicable for our mission today: Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

Blessed Lenten journey to you all.

Pastor Mike Bailey