Romans 12:1-2 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. 2 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.
God has a plan for wholeness, healing, and restoration for our lives. It is His plan for changing us into the image of His Son Jesus. It is called “the renewing of the mind” and “the saving of the soul” Romans 12:2; James 1:21. There is a part of our being that was not directly affected in our salvation, born‑again experience. That part is called the soul. It is the part where we feel, think, and decide. It is basically made up of the mind, will, and emotions. This is the area within our lives that the Bible says can be defiled, darkened, evil affected, full of fears, anxieties, hurts, wounds, and brokenness. God’s plan is wholeness for the whole man, spirit, soul, and body. Without submitting to this process designed to make us whole, things just do not change.
Some Believers wonder if God will ever change the thoughts they live in every day? Well, yes and no. There are things we must not allow 2 Corinthians 10:3‑5. There are things we must think on Philippians 4:8. Will God change our attitude, ways of thinking, responding to people/circumstances? Our attitude will not change unless we let Him change it Ephesians 4:23. Will God change anything about our lives? Not unless we let Him and do our part. The key to noticeable change is by the renewing of the mind. This change is not automatic. This process of the renewing of the mind is personal and up to each individual. It is an ongoing process as we are perfected into Christ-likeness. Like they did in the Old Testament sacrifices before the altar of God, we too have to continually present ourselves before God, His ways, His Spirit, and His Word (the word present in Romans 12:1 is the same word translated “yield” in Romans 6:13). We often want God to do everything while we remain unyielded and in control. We have to make ourselves available to God and present ourselves to Him as wholly belonging to Him and no part of our being devoted to any other use but for Him. Surrender all, everything and nothing less as the song goes. The power to change us is from God but the will to change is ours.