Renew Your Mind
Before someone fails outwardly, they fail on the inside first. The same is true of success. You must succeed inwardly before you can succeed outwardly. Therefore, as a person thinks, that is who they become. The Word of God has a lot to say about us renewing are minds and changing our thinking process. That is why Proverbs 23:7 says “as a man thinks in his heart so is he.”
So, first, I want to show you how important it is that we see ourselves the way God sees us. Really, if you think incorrectly of yourself, it can even keep the plan of God for your life from happening. If you see yourself wrong, you can keep the promises of God away from you even though they are yes and amen in Christ Jesus. The perfect example of this is found in Numbers 13:33 “And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sights as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.” Because they saw themselves as grasshoppers they were not able to receive the promise of God. How they saw themselves produced unbelief and caused them to speak an evil report of unbelief.
How do we change how we see ourselves? We must renew our mind. We must think God’s thoughts which are higher than our thoughts (Is 55:9). We must meditate in the Word day and night (Joshua 1:8). Isn’t it interesting the Lord spoke to Joshua and told him if he was going to take the land that was given to the people of God and if they wanted to be successful, they would have to change their pattern of thinking. The enemy had not changed. They were still giants. The walls had not changed. They were still as huge as ever. The will of God had not changed. He had promised them the land and was able to deliver it into their hands. What had changed for the second group? They had changed their minds. Their leaders Joshua and Caleb had a spirit of faith and believed God, and they had made up their minds long ago that they would be able to receive what God had promised them.
If you want what God has promised you, then you to must change your mind. How? Renew it. Cast down every imagination and high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God (II Corinthians 10:4-5). You and I can renew our minds and remove every strong hold that is in our thinking. Take the Word of God and remove every pattern of thinking that opposes what the Word of God said. You and I need to continuously give your mind a bath with the Word of God. When you transform your thinking, it will cause you to be in position to receive all that God has for you.