BE RENEWED IN THE SPIRIT
OF YOUR MIND
P S Y C H O L O G I C A L R E V I T A L I Z A T I O N D E V O T I O N A L: 1
JAN. 24, 2021
Ephesians 4:22-24, KJV
22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
The apostle Paul writes to the early church of Ephesus about being renewed in the spirit of mind. What is renewal in the spirit of mind?
In Ephesians 4:22-24, we read that renewal is putting off former conduct (that is our sinful life) and putting on a new man that is growing in the true righteousness and holiness (likeness of God). It is the process of transformation or sanctification that takes place in our spirit from our old nature to a new life in Christ. II Corinthians 5:17 confirms that if we are in Christ we are a new creation and made new.
Our sinful acts are not in line with God’s nature. In the beginning, we were made in God’s likeness and when Adam and Eve sinned, mankind’s relationship with God changed forever. We learn from these passages that experiencing the renewal of spirit will transform our mind, soul, and body into God’s likeness and helps us to have a stronger relationship with God.
We can learn from the apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 4:16 that we need to experience a renewal on a daily basis. When we wait in the presence of God and meditate on His word, The Holy Spirit will come into our hearts and will teach us the way of truth and lead us into the experience of renewal. The late Dr. Billy Graham said, “Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ”
We all need spiritual renewal daily, to prevent us from going our own way. Spending time in God’s word, repenting of sins will enable us to renew our covenant and relationship with God. God loves you and He has chosen you as his child because He wants to come and dwell in your midst.
Dear Heavenly Father, today I submit myself to be renewed every day. I confess and regret my past mistakes and I ask you to forgive me and to renew my mind according to your loving kindness. In Jesus name, I pray, Amen.
RENEW A STEADFAST SPIRIT
S P I R I T U A L R E S T O R A T I O N D E V O T I O N A L: 2
JAN 25, 2021,
Psalms 51:10-13, KJV
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. 12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. 13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
In the 17th century, a young man named John Newton lived in England. Although he was taught about Christian discipline in his early childhood by his mother, he became a rebellious young man following the death of his mother. He learned sailing skills from his father, although his stubborn nature leads to him getting punished. When John Newton served as a ship’s captain, he steered against an enormous storm, at that moment he experienced the mercy of God that saved his life and the ship. He started realizing how the grace of God led his life. He became a preacher in England, with a renewed spirit, he wrote the popular hymn - "Amazing Grace." This hymn is used in many churches and the U.S military.
When we read 2 Samuel 11, we see that King David craftily killed Uriah who was a faithful soldier in David's army and took Uriah's wife by misusing his power. David’s actions displeased God, He sent Nathan the prophet to express the Lord's thoughts to king David. On hearing the Lord through Nathan, David recognized he had sinned against the Lord (2 Samuel 12:13). King David begged for God's mercy, he felt that the presence of God had left him. He repented deeply for his sin. He cried, "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me”.
David’s predecessor King Saul also disobeyed God. The Prophet Samuel was sent by God to tell Him about his disobedience. King Saul recognized his disobedience (1 Samuel 15:22-24). However, in the latter part of his life, he did not allow God to renew his heart and did not have the realization of God's mercy. In Psalms 51, we can easily understand how deeply King David repented for his sin and asked God to change his heart because he knew that God will not reject a broken and contrite heart. King David could not step forward in his spiritual relationship with God without fixing the convicted sin in his life.
As children of God, we need to examine our spiritual life to check where we have disobeyed God and displeased Him. Our compassionate Lord is ready to listen to the prayers that come from an honest heart and he will surely renew such a heart.
Dear Loving Father God I pray for the forgiveness of my sins and help me to have a heart that is open to listen to you when it convicts me of repentance of my sins. I ask for a repentant heart like David and the renewing of your spirit within me. Renew me in the Holy Ghost, in Jesus Name, Amen.
REVITALIZE MY MIND
P S Y C H O L O G I C A L R E V I T A L I Z A T I O N D E V O T I O N A L: 3
JAN 26, 2021,
1 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. 2And 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.
Paul highlights that our bodies are living sacrifices, and our minds and thoughts should not be influenced by the ways of the world. On a daily basis, our mind is bombarded with information from various media, with much of the information disturbing our spiritual growth. We need to filter out the unnecessary and unhealthy information, as this can influence our thoughts, conversations, behaviors, and habits. Eventually, it would change our character and defile the inward man.
If we conform to this world we can be overcome by its darkness. In order to chase out the darkness in an unlit room, we need to bring a light that brightens the room wherever its rays reach.
The enlightening word of God helps us with transforming our minds from unwanted thoughts and brings our minds closer toward the Lord (Hebrews 4:12). The renewing of our mind leads us to know what is good, acceptable and what the perfect will of God is (Romans 12:2).
The foundation of all transformation of character and conduct is laid deep in a renewed mind.
Dear Loving Father God I ask that I am not conformed to the ways of the world and that my mind is transformed and renewed to become acceptable to you and to follow your will. Amen.
PRAYING TO REACH GOD'S HEART
P S Y C H O L O G I C A L R E V I T A L I Z A T I O N D E V O T I O N A L: 4
JAN 27, 2021,
Daniel 9: 4-9,17-19 KJV
Daniel did not set himself apart as he confesses Israel’s sin but prayed as if he is as bad as the rest of Israel. In other words, the prayers that reach God are the genuine “we” prayers not “they” prayers. Let the holiness of God drive you to a God-centered confession of your sin.
Following are the main features of this portion of Daniel’s prayer:
(1) Daniel’s repentance and confession of sin, for himself and for his fellow-Jews. Israel’s bondage in Babylon is the consequence of her sin. (V.5-7).
(2) The Word of God, as spoken by the prophets and recorded in the Holy Scriptures, is the standard by which Daniel’s sins, and those of his fellow-Israelites, are identified. God gave Israel His “commandments” (verse 4), His “commandments and ordinances” (verse 5), He spoke through the “prophets” (verse 6), “His teachings” (verse 10), His “Law” (verse 11), and the “Law of Moses” (verses 11, 13). God’s revelation was His “truth” (verse 13).
(3) Daniel understands Israel’s Babylonian captivity as the curse, which has come upon the Jews because they broke God’s covenant made with them at Mount Sinai (verse 11).
(4) Daniel’s confession of sin is precisely what is required of Israel in order to be forgiven and restored. 1 John 1:9 says: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Dear Heavenly Father, today I acknowledge and confess my sins and the sins of your people. I ask that you would forgive and cleanse us from all unrighteousness and cause us to live and to flourish in your favor! In Jesus name, I pray, Amen.
DOING THE HARD STUFF
P S Y C H O L O G I C A L R E V I T A L I Z A T I O N D E V O T I O N A L: 5
JAN 27, 2021,
1 Peter 4:1-6, NKJ
1 Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2 that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. 3 For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. 4 In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. 5 They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 6 For this reason the gospel was preached also to those who are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.”
Peter calls us to be armed with the same mind of Christ. That is the mind that is willing to suffer and do what Christ has called us to do. Many times, He calls us to do things that are hard and uncomfortable and it is ok because of the One who called us to face them.
When we suffer in the flesh we cease from sin. The hard things remove the dross from our lives and allow the Holy Spirit to come and transform us. The Lord always uses Fire to refine and shape us. It is a part of His Character as the All Consuming Fire. Love the hard things. It really is that simple.
Lifting weights and hitting the gym are hard. It is not always easy and takes discipline, effort, repetition and consistency. It’s not easy going to the gym, but hitting the weights and eating right shape your body. If you do it consistently and correctly it’s great for you, it keeps you healthy and transforms your body. If we lift weights improperly though it can actually be bad for us. It can hurt our tendons and ligaments, joints, and even our muscles. Whenever we work out, it is important to do it correctly so it builds us up rather than tears us down.
Heavenly Father, not only do I pray for strength, but I also pray for courage to do the hard things. To embrace the hard things that will yield strength and revitalize my life spiritually in you. In Jesus name, Amen.
P S Y C H O L O G I C A L R E V I T A L I Z A T I O N D E V O T I O N A L: 6
JAN 27, 2021,
11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report.
There are so many times in our life when we believe that our faith will take care of itself. We forget the fact that faith is something that needs to be built in our everyday life. However, we often neglect the centrality of our Christian life, which is faith. Our faith in God is one of the most valuable assets that we need to take care of. It is so important to take a pause from our busy lives to self-examine our faith life. At times our faith gets misplaced due to the circumstances of our life. The faith that we need to have in God gets replaced by our work, friends, family, and money. We tend to rely on these things more than our faith gets shifted onto someone else or something else rather than on God. Sometimes we even lose our faith due to the unexpected circumstances in our lives, yet we have managed to carry on with our religious duties thinking that we are still walking with God.
We must consistently remind ourselves that our faith in Jesus Christ should be the centrality of all of our relationships. For example, If I start to have faith in my wife more than in Jesus, I depend completely on her for my strength and expect things from her that she might not be able to meet. But when I put my complete faith in the God who has called us to be together for a higher purpose, which is greater than our own lives, it enables us to support and help each other.
It is important that we refocus ourselves and self-check our faith during these days of prayer. The lord is prepared to revitalize your faith.
Lord, I pray that you will revitalize my faith life. Even at times when I don’t see or experience the good things that you have in store for me, help me to have a faith that is unshaken by my circumstances. I replace my faith back in you Jesus, to follow you closely for the rest of my life. May this prayer become my reality in Jesus name, Amen.
OUR HIGH AND HEAVENLY CALLING
P S Y C H O L O G I C A L R E V I T A L I Z A T I O N D E V O T I O N A L: 7
JAN 30, 2021,
Ephesians 1:16-19, KJV
16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power…
We all have a “high and heavenly” calling from God if we are followers of Jesus Christ. God has invested His special work in us. We have the Holy Spirit, a deposit or guarantee of God’s presence and blessing in our lives. What are we called to do for God? We are called to live for God, at all times, in all places and in every situation and circumstance. We are to function as Christ-followers and “God-watchers” in and to our world. This is a 24/7 calling from God. There is never, ever, a time when we go it alone, when we take a break, when we decide what we want to do apart from God. Now, that doesn’t mean we do what God has called us to perfectly or without sin. What it does mean is that we have surrendered and committed our lives, our thoughts, our possessions, our attitudes and desires to God. We live for and with Him. Is this a description of yourself today?
We are called to be distinctively different from the world around us. This may mean that we are looked upon as oddballs, as “different,” because that is who we are in Christ — “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.” (1 Peter 2:9-11) “Sojourners and exiles” — is that a description of yourself today? I ask this very important question today because it is too easy and comfortable to “blend in,” to be like those around us, to want to be liked and honored by others. But what really matters is what God thinks of us. This is what calling urges us to be and do.
Dear Heavenly Father, Lord, today, deliver me from trying to cater to the world around me to gain their favor. Help me know as a child of yours, that I am to live as a “sojourner and exile” in this world until You call me home to be with You. Help me do so, without straying from your calling on my life. May others see Jesus in and through me this day, and turn to You. In Jesus name, I pray, Amen.