“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind,” (Romans 12:2).
This powerful verse has changed Wendy’s and my life, and has since become the pillar of our ministry, Igniting Hope. Though the word “hope” isn’t clearly stated in this verse, we quickly learned the fruit of transformation through mind renewal was always greater levels of hope and joy. Renewing our minds with God’s truth transforms us, which manifests as tangible hope in our lives.
Here are some great truths we can glean from Romans 12:2:
- Current mind renewal creates future experience (whether in the negative or positive).
- The past cannot block our future transformation, but the beliefs we currently rehearse can.
- All limits are removed from our lives! Because there is no limit to how much we can renew our minds with truth, there is no limit to how much we can be transformed.
Our ministry seeks to take the mystery out of Romans 12:2 mind renewal. Simply put, biblical mind renewal is the decision to rehearse thoughts based on the promises of God, rather than rehearsing those based on our feelings or experiences. We are to think and speak at a higher level than what is happening. This doesn’t mean we should deny the existence of negative circumstances when they occur, but we don’t allow them to dictate our beliefs and hope levels for the future.
To help you on your mind renewal journey, here are five steps I’ve implemented in my own life that continue to lead me into personal transformation:
- Identify areas of your life that are not “glistening with hope” – “May the God of hope fill you…in believing,” (Romans 15:13). Our hope level is the indicator of whether we’re believing lies or truth. A lack of hope is the “check engine” light of our lives that reveals a bad belief exists. If we try to change our circumstances without changing our beliefs surrounding those circumstances, we will most likely not experience long-lasting transformation.
- Verbalize the lie fueling this lack of hope – When we are able to verbalize aloud the lies creating our lack of hope, it brings the enemy’s tactics into the light (which starts the process of disempowering them). For instance, I can identify that I believe “nobody around here wants to respond to the Gospel.” After speaking this aloud, I am able to recognize more clearly that I’m believing a lie that opposes what God has said.
- Laugh at the lie and release it – To laugh, we need to let go of something. Psalm 2:4 says, “He who sits in the heavens laughs.” In this Psalm, God is laughing at what His enemies are saying and planning. Laughter is a powerful spiritual weapon that helps break off the power of the lies.
- Identify and speak the truth in place of the lie – “The truth will make you free,” (John 8:32). The renewing of our minds ultimately happens when I say, “I am choosing not to believe THAT anymore, but rather I am believing THIS.” For instance, if I’m believing the lie that I’m only anointed when I feel anointed, I would declare the truth like this: “Regardless of how I feel in a moment, I am anointed at all times.”
- Rehearse this truth in thoughts and speech – We don’t make a path through a forest by walking through it once. This is also true as we develop new strongholds in our thinking. As we begin to think and declare God’s truth in an area, greater levels of freedom will grow from inside of us, and then start to manifest in our experience.
For more on this great topic, I suggest my books Let’s Just Laugh at That and Declarations.
ABOUT STEVE BACKLUND
Steve Backlund was a senior pastor for seventeen years before joining the team at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 2008. Steve is a leader developer, joy activist, a revivalist teacher, and as Senior Associate Director, is a key part of the Global Legacy (a ministry of Bethel Church) leadership team. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches and leaders and has authored a number of books.