Renewal of the mind

Have you ever seen an animal molting its own skin?

In case you’re wondering what molting is about, it is a process where an animal routinely casts off a part of its body (often, but not always, an outer layer or covering), either at specific times of the year, or at specific points in its life cycle. (Thank you, Wiki!).

Why do they molt? To make way for a new growth.

You see, I am not a biologist to explain this process to you in full detail. So, try watching this video instead to see and know what I am talking about.

Video Courtesy of WOA Animal Life (Youtube)

A friend of mine shared that video on Facebook. When I was watching the clip, I asked myself, “Isn’t life like that too?”

We change.

There is always a time for us to find renewal or revival.

Some animals/insects like snakes, crabs, and scorpions have the ability to molt or shed skin.

Humans were also given the ability to change to look better, be better, and grow not just in body, but also in faith. That is a gift we often neglect maybe because it’s either we feel safe in our present situation or we are afraid to change and take some risks.

Here’s my message for you: Renewal is part of our lives.

The Scriptures says,

“that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.”- Ephesians 4:22

I was reading the Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren last Saturday.

One big message that really struck me is his point on REPENTANCE.

It was just till then that I realized that for the longest time, I have kept a different definition of the word “Repentance”. For me repentance is asking for forgiveness and be sorry for my sins. Little did I know that it is just a part of it.

Warren says, “Repentance is changing of the mind”.

It is written,

“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent and believe the gospel” – Mark 1:15

“Repentance” unto salvation in Mark 1:15 is the Greek word metanoeo, which simply means “a change of mind”. According to Pastor Jack Hyles, the ONLY thing that we need to repent of to be saved is whatever it is that’s been hindering us from coming to Christ to be saved.

Oh, what a powerful message!

When I read these messages, I felt like I was saved again right there and then.

Negative thoughts have been plaguing my mind for such a long time now. These are those thoughts that lead me to sin against myself, against His people and against God.

But take heart, repentance is here and I have been revived. I am renewed because God taught me how it is to be new again through the power of His word… through the power of His grace.

My friend, there is growth. There is a room for us to change.

God has given us the ability to change our minds. And once we do, our actions will change, the way we live our life will alter, and we will be a new creation in Christ.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! – 1 Corinthians 5:7

Are you ready to undergo your own molting?

What is that item that has kept you in bondage for a very long time? It could be an addiction to drugs, alcohol, pornography, or approval of people.

I encourage you to shift the way your mind works. Three hundred sixty degree turn, my friend!

Let say this prayer together:

Father, thank You for speaking to me. I know that I have read this for a purpose. 

Thank Your for this beautiful life that you have given me — that no matter how sinful I have been in the past, I know that you have already renewed me right at this very moment. 

I repent, Father.

Here I am, surrendering myself to You. Consecrating my mind to You, Lord.

Change me, Lord. Make me the kind of person you want me to be from the very beginning.

I declare that through You Lord, I am renewed. I am revived. My old skin has gone. I am a new creation in You, Lord.

Thank You, Father. In Jesus’ name, I praise and thank You. Amen.

Do not conform 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

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