Renewing the Mind (part 1): Overcoming Satan’s mind games

If salvation is spiritual, why does the Bible talk about the renewing of the mind? A key reason is that our minds are a battle field in which Satan tries to plant lies and deception, to limit us from experiencing the freedom we have in Christ.

The Battlefield of the mind

As a Christian, your spirit is saved, but the mind (and by extension the body) can be deceived into corrupt conduct if it is not renewed and refocused on spiritual things. When you have an unrenewed mindset, your thinking is shaped by experiences, perceptions or desires of the past. Your mind is often bound by guilt, fear, anxiety, condemnation, or wrong thinking.
The problem with having a mind that is not renewed is that your spiritual growth becomes stunted. You will struggle to translate the spiritual blessing of salvation into day to day victory in your life. Spiritual regeneration (salvation) that is not coupled with the renewing of the mind leads to stagnation and frustration. Satan’s strategy is to try and convince you that God has not set you free. Satan will try to get you to doubt what you have in Christ. He wants to hinder your transformation and doesn’t want you to think and act like a new creature in Christ.
As a Christian, God has blessed you with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3) and given you all things pertaining to life and to godliness (2 Peter 1:3). This is your spiritual reality and heritage in Christ, and you must see yourself that way. Realize that the mind is a battlefield of strongholds, and your mind needs to be renewed (by the word of God) so you can walk in the freedom that God has already given you. 

The Power of the Mind

The mind comprises the faculties of perceiving, understanding, feeling, judging, and determining. The mind is where our will is. As free moral agents, God respects our will and gives us the power of choice. This makes the mind a very powerful asset. The mind is so powerful, the Bible says:
  • We serve the Lord with the mind (Rom 7:25).
  • We love the Lord with all our being; including the mind (Luke 10:27).
  • We are transformed by the renewing of our mind (Romans 12:2).
  • We are renewed in the spirit of our mind (Ephesians 4:23).
  • Being spiritually minded brings life and peace (Romans 8:6).
Given how powerful and influential our minds are, Satan makes our minds his prime target. Some of the greatest strongholds in a believer’s life are in the mind! We must realize that the mind is a battle field! There are many ways through which Satan perpetrates his agenda of destruction in the world, but some of his most destructive warfare is waged in our minds. Although Satan is a defeated foe, he knows the power of the mind. He knows that if he can control our minds, he can control our lives. Unfortunately, when we don’t know who we are in Christ, Satan’s agenda prevails. This is why the Bible says we must resist the devil’s lies. James 4:7 says “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” 

Casting down Imaginations

It is interesting how the Bible speaks of spiritual strongholds in the context of the mind.
2 Corinthians 10:4-6 says: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments (imaginations) and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
This scripture mentions arguments, imaginations, and thoughts. These are operations of the mind that can work against the will of God for our lives. Satan brings arguments, imaginations, and thoughts that are contrary to the knowledge of God. He plants thoughts of fear, anxiety, condemnation, trauma, wrong thinking, etc., in our minds, and these become strongholds. The longer we dwell in that kind of negative mindset, the less convinced we are of God’s love and God’s saving power. We fall into doubt and unbelief, and therefore handover authority to Satan. Believers are sometimes overly focused on “casting out” the devil. We need to realize that sometimes there is no devil to cast out; we just need to “cast down” imaginations. That is to say, our minds need to be renewed so we know who we are in Christ.
There are many ways through which Satan perpetrates his agenda of destruction in the world—but some of his most destructive warfare
is waged in our minds. Satan wants us to be carnally minded (which is death) instead of being spiritually minded (which is life and peace)
(see Romans 8:6). Fear thrives in a carnal mind and Satan can build up strongholds in such an environment. Faith, on the other hand, thrives in
a spiritual mind, and Satan loses his grip in such an environment.

Overcoming Satan’s mind games

Ephesians 6:11 says “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
The word “wiles” in this scripture, is the Greek word methodeia. This word means “cunning arts,” “tricks and schemes,” or “mind games”. Satan likes to play with our minds! We need to put on the whole armor of God and fight him off! Verse 17 of the same chapter in Ephesians says, “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
To guard against Satan’s mind games, you need the helmet of salvation—which is our identity in Christ; and the sword of the spirit— which is the Word of God. You are covered by the blood of Jesus and you have the Word of God; therefore you have authority to stand your ground against the devil. Verse 18 reveals another weapon you have. It says, “praying always with all manner of prayer and supplication in the Spirit.” Continual prayer is your heavy weaponry for standing against Satan and fending off his attacks and lies. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God. Every stronghold in your minds must come down, can come down, and will come down, in Jesus name!
It’s time to change your thinking! See yourself the way God sees you. You are a new creature in Christ. You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength. You are blessed. You are not cursed. You are redeemed by the blood of Jesus. Rise up and live your life to the fullest. You can do it! In Jesus’ name. 
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It’s much more than religion

Receiving God’s gift of salvation makes you a brand-new person with a brand-new purpose. God wipes the slate clean and gives you a fresh start. This is God’s gift to you! But it’s more than a gift—it’s an invitation to a relationship

Everyone is invited to this extraordinary calling.

Receiving Jesus Christ as your Savior makes you become born-again! You are born into God’s kingdom and are made a partaker of His blessing. This is God’s gift to you! But it’s more than a gift—it’s an invitation to a relationship! It’s a call to fellowship and friendship with the Creator. Better still, you can come as you are, and God will receive you and transform you to be the best He has called you to be.Yet many people have been perplexed by this idea that a person can be “born-again” and have fellowship with God. Throughout history, this subject has confounded many. Even a highly respected religious scholar asked Jesus, “How can these things be?”

How can these things be?

In John chapter three, we encounter a man called Nicodemus, a highly respected religious scholar and teacher of the Jewish law. Nicodemus visited Jesus for what would turn out to be an eye-opening conversation. Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” This kind of talk left Nicodemus, the highly educated teacher, very puzzled. Nicodemus then asked, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus responded, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God” (John 3:3-5). Nicodemus pondered the meaning of Jesus’ words, then curiously asked, “How can these things be?”
Jesus’ statements came as a surprise to Nicodemus.What Nicodemus was familiar with was the practice of religion, but Jesus was suggesting something much more! Jesus was introducing a new standard—God’s perfect standard. He said to Nicodemus, “Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again’” (John 3:7). God’s standard is, “you must be born again.” But how? By acknowledging Jesus as your Savior. This acknowledgment, however, is not a religious confession—it is a commitment to a relationship!

God is not looking for religion in us. He is looking for a relationship with us.

There is a big difference between the two! Religion focuses on your own effort and performance—relationship focuses on what God has already done for you. Religion ends up being a mechanical observance of rules and regulations. Relationship is heartfelt devotion to a Person. Religion is fear driven while relationship is faith driven. Religion can lead to legalism; relationship always leads to love. To truly know God, we must encounter Him relationally—not religiously. God wants a genuine relationship, where Jesus Christ is the focus. If we know Jesus relationally, our lives will be significantly changed. We will know the love of God in a greater way. We will worship God passionately—without any religious pressure.

The essence of Jesus’ message to Nicodemus (and to all of us) is best captured in a verse that has become probably the most well-known Bible verse.

John 3:16 says:For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
This is God’s gesture of love toward us. God has sent out an open invitation, calling all mankind back to a relationship with Him. Whosoever dares to respond to this invitation of salvation becomes a recipient of God’s best gift to mankind—the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ.
It’s time to encounter this life changing love relationship that God is inviting you to. Are you going to say yes to Jesus?
Be blessed.
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It’s time you discovered the real you!

God has a packaged gift for you—but the gift must be unpacked and used for its blessing to be enjoyed! Have you unpacked your gift?
Have you discovered the treasures of God’s blessings that come with the gift of salvation? Do you know your rights and benefits as a child of God? Are you walking in the fullness of all God has made available to you? Why ask these questions? Because, it gives God great pleasure to see His children walking in the fullness of all He has made available to them, but it is only when you know what belongs to you that you can truly enjoy the blessing of God’s gift.

Many people have settled for the ordinary, in spite being in possession of an extraordinary gift!

Many people have not fully grown into what God has called them to be. They have settled for the ordinary. Have you settled for the ordinary?  The truth is, you were not made to be ordinary. You were not called to be average. You have an extraordinary calling and have been given the authority to walk in it. God has given you something special. All you need to do is unpack the gift and discover the treasure you possess. Discovering this gift from God is a journey we must all personally undertake. It is an assignment too crucial to delegate to others. It is an invitation too important to opt out of. It is, in fact, the most exciting and fulfilling quest you can ever partake in. God has a vested interest in you, and He wants you to know what belongs to you. When you discover what God has in store for you, you will step out of the ordinary and step into the life that God has ordained for you. You will be equipped and empowered to live a victorious life!

Receiving God’s gift of salvation makes you a brand-new person with a brand-new purpose.

God wipes the slate clean and gives you a fresh start. Your past failures are put behind you, and a new world of possibilities is placed in front of you. You become born-again! You are born into God’s kingdom and are made a partaker of His blessing. This is God’s gift to you! But it’s more than a gift—it’s an invitation to a relationship! It’s a call to fellowship and friendship with the Creator. Better still, you can come as you are, and God will receive you and transform you to be the best He has called you to be. 

Discover the Real You

If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, the Bible calls you a new creature in Christ. There is a whole new world of possibilities available to you. You have become a new caliber of person; a new species of being so to speak. The old person is gone and the new has come. In fact, the real you has come! Your real purpose, which was created by God but became corrupted in sin has been corrected by Christ. Through Christ, your life is redirected to God’s divine purpose. Your corrupted sinful past is wiped out, and God has made you a brand-new person. The real person you were born to be is revealed.

2 Corinthians 5:17 says: 

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (KJV).

This scripture establishes your identity as a believer. You are a new creature in Christ. The word “new” is translated from the Greek word kainos. This word means “unused,” or “unworn.” It also means “of a new kind,” or “unprecedented.” If you have given your life over to Christ, you are now of a new kind. You are unused and unworn. The mistakes and condemnation from your past have been forgiven. You are a new person. This is your identity in Christ!

In the same verse, it says “all things have become new.” The word “become” is translated from the Greek word ginomia. This word means “to come into existence,” “to begin to be,” or “to arise.” So, being in Christ means you come into a new existence and you can arise and begin to be the very best God has called you to be. This new life in Christ is a life full of purpose and hope. There is an extraordinary calling that awaits you!

The translation of The Message (2 Corinthians 5:17) says the following:

Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets A FRESH START, is created new. The old life is gone; A NEW LIFE BURGEONS! Look at it!

Regardless of your past, when you accept Jesus Christ, you get a fresh start at life. A new life burgeons! The word burgeon means “to grow,” “to increase rapidly,” or “to flourish.” As a believer, you have this burgeoning life! You have the potential and power to grow and flourish in whatever you do. Proverbs 4:18 echoes this reality when it says, “the path of the just is like the shining sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day” (KJV).

Are you among the just? The just are those who have been justified through faith in Jesus Christ. Their sins have been forgiven. They have obtained the authority to become children of God. God’s promise to them is a path that shines brighter and brighter. “The longer they live, the brighter they shine” (Message translation). This is God’s promise to you.
If Christ is in you, your best days are ahead of you! This is how God sees you, and He wants you to see yourself in that same light. Arise and shine! You are a new creature in Christ!
Be blessed.
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Why read this book?

I am excited about my book “New Creature in Christ”. I believe this book will be a great blessing to you. Here’s why:
Everyone has an inherent desire for meaning and fulfillment in life. We are all pursuing purpose. But our pursuit of purpose will end in frustration unless we encounter the God of purpose. There is a very special gift that God has given to all mankind. This gift is the ultimate revelation of purpose. It is the gateway to the victories and fulfillment we are all looking for in life. God has invested so much in us, but are we aware of what He has given us? 

This book will help unpack your gift from God.

  1. The book will help you know your spiritual identity, so you can be confident about your life’s purpose.
  2. The book will help you understand and exercise the authority God has given you, so you can experience victory over life’s circumstances.
  3. The book will challenge you to grow in character and maturity, so you can be a fruitful steward of the opportunities God has made available to you.
These three elements—identity, authority, and maturity—constitute what I call the three-legged stool of a balanced and meaningful life. This “three-legged stool” will firmly ground you and position you to live the life God has ordained for you. You will be able to walk in God’s purpose, experience God’s power, and grow in God’s purity

Take a journey into your purpose!

In this book, you will take a journey to the beginning of all things and discover the original purpose of creation and how that purpose relates to your life and destiny. You will learn about the devastating event that altered mankind’s destiny and how God responded to mankind’s predicament. You will unpack the gift of salvation, and discover the profound significance of being born-again. You will learn how to translate the spiritual blessing of salvation into tangible victory and fulfillment in your life. You will discover principles that are an absolute necessity for faithful stewardship and spiritual fruitfulness as a mature believer. The chapters will be presented under the following themes:
  • The Masterplan of Creationmankind’s origin, mandate and destiny
  • The Marketplace of Redemptionbuying back mankind
  • The Motive of Remissionforgiving mankind
  • The Makeover of Regeneration—mankind’s restoration
  • The Mantle of Righteousnessmankind’s authority
  • The Maturity of Transformationmankind’s fruitfulness
In each chapter, you will encounter Biblical truths to equip you with knowledge of God’s purpose for your life.You will be encouraged to act on that knowledge to get results. You will look at your life through the lens of God’s Word and see yourself the way God sees you.
Be blessed and encouraged as you discover who you really are!
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