When you become born again, you become a new creation. Although you have become a new creation in the spiritual world, your mind is unchanged and is still carnal. Your mind is still the mind of the world, and therefore you will still think, speak, and act according to what the world says. This isn’t surprising, because all those years, you have been fed and educated, by the knowledge and wisdom of the world. But now that you have become a new creation, renewing your mind is essential.
And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled (Col 1:21)
Renewing your mind is therefore necessary, because as long as your mind, and the way you think, is not renewed with the Word of God, you will always speak, act and walk according to what your old carnal mind is telling you to do.
When your mind is not in line with the Word of God, but in line with the world, you shall do those things, which are against the will of God.
You shall keep walking as the old creation, after the lusts of the flesh, and desires of the flesh and of the mind.
Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others (Eph 2:3)
The carnal mind stops the work of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit lives in fullness in the born-again person, but there is one thing that will stop the Holy Spirit, and that is the carnal mind. As long as the mind is carnal and thinks like the world, and doesn’t think like the Word of God, the person will not be able to walk after the Word of God and after the Spirit.
Therefore if you want to walk after the Spirit, renewing your mind is essential. It is so important, that as soon as you repent and get born again, that you will renew your mind with the Word of God, so that you shall get to know the will of God.
You can only get to know the will of God by the Word. Only the Word is able to reveal the lies of the world; the lies of the devil, which you have believed for all those years, and are settled as strongholds in your mind.
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 (Rom 12:2)
How can the new creation become visible
in the natural realm?
In the spiritual realm you have been made a new creation, now it’s time that this new creation will become visible in the natural realm. By putting of the old man, and by renewing your mind with the Word of God and become a doer of the Word, the new man (the new creation) will become visible in the natural realm.
That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness (Eph 4:22-24)
As long as you don’t renew your mind with the Word of God, and keep feeding your mind with the things of the world, and believe in the knowledge and wisdom of the world, instead of God’s Word, then you shall stay and walk as the old creation; the old man.
Who do you believe: the Word of the world?
When the Word reveals to you all the lies of the world, it is all about whether you believe, that what the Word of God says is true, or not. You can easily reject the truths of God’s Word and keep believing in the lies of the world, which are in reality the lies of the devil.
Not renewing your mind, or partially renewing your mind
will cause strive in your mind and life
As long as your mind is not, or partially renewed with the Word of God, you shall experience faith issues, doubt, strive, hesitations, spiritual defeat etc. That is because a part of your mind thinks like the world, and another part thinks like the way God thinks. The part of your mind that is in line with the world, shall always strive with the part of the mind that is renewed with the Word of God, and vice versa. The carnal mind will never submit to the law of God (the will of God).
One moment you shall be engaged with the things of the Kingdom of God, and shall speak and do what the Word says, and the next moment you shall devote yourself to the things of the world, and shall do what the world says.
You shall be a chameleon and shall adjust your behaviour to the environment. When you are in church, assembly, and when you are surrounded by believers, you will be pious and politically correct. When you are at school, work, (birthday) parties, or when you speak to acquaintances, friends, and/or family members, who are unbelievers, you shall speak, behave and act like the world. Because if you speak about the Word in the world, you shall be persecuted, and that is something that most believers don’t like.
The mind of Christ
As long as your mind is not completely renewed with the Word of God, you shall still have a partial carnal mind, and not the mind of Christ. Only when the mind is completely renewed with the Word of God, you shall speak, act, and walk in faith after the Spirit.
When your mind is renewed and you walk after the Spirit, you shall bear the fruit of the Spirit, and shall please God. Only the works of the Spirit will please God, not the works of the flesh.
For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God (Rom 8:5-8)
Renewing your mind will cause perfect peace in your mind
Renewing your mind with the Word of God will cause perfect peace in your mind. Yes, only when your mind is renewed with the Word of God, and lines up with the will of God, you shall experience perfect peace in your mind.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusts in thee (Isaiah 26:3-4)
How long will the process of renewing your mind take?
How long it will take, depends upon the fact how big your love for Jesus, for God, is, and your will to please Him. Besides that, another important factor is that it depends upon the fact if you hate your old life as a sinner or not. If you still love your old life, with all sins and iniquities, then you will not get rid of it. Because you keep what you love, and don’t get rid of it, isn’t it?
The love for the world stops the growth of many believers.
Many times people spend more time to the things of this world, than that they spend time to the things of the Kingdom of God. They seek the things which are upon this earth, instead of seeking the things which are above (Col 3:1). When someone spends more time to the things of this world, then the renewing of the mind will take a long time, and maybe the person will eventually fall away from the faith.
The greatest commandment
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment (Mat 22:37-38, Mark 12:30, Lu 10:27)
The greatest commandment that Jesus gave to us, is to love God with all of your heart, all of your soul, and all of your mind.
Everything depends upon the fact how great someones love is for God. Believers can say all kinds of things: that they believe in God, how much they love God, but their actions will prove, if they really love Him.
A person can possess a lot of head knowledge of the Bible, or quote many scriptures, but if a person believes the wisdom and knowledge of the world above the wisdom and knowledge of God, then the mind will stay unrenewed, and stay carnal.
If the mind stays carnal, then they will stay the old man and they shall never submit to the law of God (the will of God), but they shall always rebel against it.
If you love Him, then you will do what He has commanded you to do, and not what the world; the people tells you to do.
You cannot partially serve Jesus. It is all or nothing.
‘Be the salt of the earth’