Romans 12:2 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.
1 Corinthians 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
The beginning of a transformed life for every human being is to be born again (a New Birth), receiving Jesus as our Lord and Savior Romans 10:9, 10. Instantly our spirit nature is transformed by the Spirit of God and God’s grace. Christians need to realize their minds are the same before and after the New Birth. Receiving salvation does not guarantee a Christian will automatically live a victorious transformed life here on Earth. A transformed life is one that is radically altered and noticeably different. It is real change, not play like, or pretend change. Every Christian, without exception, needs a mind renewed to the pattern of Christ’s mind. Our behaviors, feelings, attitudes, and actions all begin in the mind. In order to change them a part of the mind needs renewed. The finished work of Jesus on the Cross has made the provision available for what is necessary to renew the most sin darkened and sin warped mind.
The same mind that created the universe (Colossians 1:15-19), with the same potency is in us, in our spirit as Christians. First Corinthians 2:16 says WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST yet Philippians 2:5 tells us to LET THIS MIND BE IN YOU. It is because the mind of Christ is within our spirit nature and we are to let it be in our natural mind. A renewed mind is the mind of Christ controlling our thinking, feeling, attitude, and actions. By grace, we have been given the mind of Christ. It is another provision of the awesome grace of God. The hope of change is Christ in us, the hope of glory. We should never say, “I can’t change.” “I can’t” is simply a defense mechanism against doing a new thing. It is saying the mind of Christ and what Jesus did on the Cross to make it a provision of God’s grace was not enough.
As we allow the Word of God implanted in our spirit to renew our mind (James 1:21) we need to keep in mind that God loves us before we get our minds renewed as Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” While we were yet sinners, while we were acting our worst and behaving badly, while our mind was sin darkened, God initiated His love toward us. God is committed to our maturity and will complete what He started. We are predestined to be conformed into Christ likeness (Romans 8:29) and He sent the Holy Spirit to live in us and to help us (Romans 8:26). Never give up, get frustrated, or lose sight of God’s commitment to the process. He will complete what He started (Philippians 1:6).