7 Steps to Renew Your Mind

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The Apostle Paul said in Romans 12:2 that we are transformed by the renewing of the mind. Many of us think that once our life is transformed, then our mind will be renewed. It is actually the other way around. When we were born, most of us came out of the womb, and into this world, head first. If you want to come out of unpleasant circumstances, limitation in career, stagnation in your ministry, your head has to come out first.

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When you experience deliverance, your mind has to switch from a slave to a son, from a slave to a soldier. Even if you get the same attacks as before, you get to see them from a different position. I like to tell our church, “You are not a sick person trying to get healed, you are healthy person fighting sickness.” “You are not a bound person trying to get free, you are a free person fighting bondage.” “You are not a sinner trying to get holy, you are a saint fighting sin.”

Step 1 Stop waiting for an outside miracle to change your mind. Most of those miracles will never come until you get rid of the chaos in your mind by filling it with God’s Word. Renewing of the mind will never work if someone believes this excuse, “The reason why my mind is so negative is because my life is so hard.” Have you ever thought that maybe the reason your life is so hard is because your mind is so negative? You cannot have miracles in your life, regularly, if your mind is a mess.

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Do not get me wrong, we need miracles, but they alone do not change our minds without our humility and willingness to make God’s Word the standard for our lives. Remember, the same sun that melts the ice also hardens the clay. Miracles are like that for those who are hungry for God’s Word, miracles help our faith, but for those who are refusing God’s Word to have dominion over their lives, miracles are never enough. If you stop blaming your circumstances for your negative thinking, God will start working on you in a powerful way.

Step 2. Stop believing that you can’t control your thoughts. The second lie that must be repented of is, I cannot control my thoughts, they control me. It is a weak excuse, and this excuse is not Scriptural. The Bible commands us to “Think about these things” (Philippians 4:8), “You shall meditate on it day and night” (Joshua 1:8), “On His law he meditates day and night” (Psalm 1:2).

It is pretty clear that you are expected by God to choose your thoughts, not let your thoughts always be chosen by something else. How do we do this practically? It is true that we get attacked in our minds, because our minds are a battlefield, not a playground. As a Christian begins to connect his spirit with Holy Spirit, his spirit begins to get stronger.

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When the spirit is weak, the mind runs errands for the flesh by thinking negative thoughts. But when we constantly build our spirit by communion with Holy Spirit, our mind comes under the influence of the Word of God and Holy Spirit who lives in us. We are left with the choice to think on God’s things or let the mind go with the flow of life.

Step 3. What you feed your mind with becomes a mindset. A mindset is impossible to change without changing what your mind is filled with. Typically, when we hear the truth about breaking strongholds or renewing of the mind, we get busy trying to change our mindsets. We quickly learn that it is not an easy task.

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The only way to change your default and automatic thinking is by filling your conscious mind with new information of God’s truth. Once the conscious mind is filled to the overflow, it slips into the subconscious mind.

Step 4. Confess what you believe, not what you feel. We possess what we confess. We possess salvation by confessing Jesus as Lord of our lives. We possess God’s promises by confessing them with our mouths. When you regularly confess only what you feel and see, you are hurting your faith and not helping negative thoughts to leave.

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Jesus did that in the wilderness in His temptation with the Devil. Most likely the Devil tempted Jesus as he usually tempts us, with thoughts. Jesus did not think the Scripture to combat the Devil’s arrows, He spoke the Scripture.

Don’t speak what you feel all the time, otherwise your mind can’t change. Learn to speak God’s word instead.

Step 5. Resist negative thoughts, assist positive thoughts. Positive thoughts are not going to stay, they need to be assisted. Negative thoughts are not going to leave, they need to be resisted.We must assist the Word of God by making room for it in our hearts, and resist the evil thoughts of the enemy by taking them captive and bringing them into submission to Christ (see 2 Corinthians 10:5).

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You cannot stop birds from flying over your head, but you can stop them from building a nest in your hair. Bad thoughts come, but do not have to stay if we speak against them with the truth of God’s Word.

Step 6. Celebrate the process. It is going to take time to see change in your mind. I think there is a reason why God took six days to create the world instead of one day. He wanted to show us how to go through the process of change.

Each day something great was done and God would end the day by celebrating what was done, instead of complaining about what was still not done. On the third day, when there was still so much work to be done, God saw that it was good. God did not look at what still was unfinished. Much was yet to be done but He celebrated what was complete.

Renewing of the mind happens when we celebrate small victories and focus on what God is doing, instead of what He is not doing. Click To Tweet

Also, it is worthy to note that God never compared the messy process of creation to the beautiful heaven where He resides. The Devil will try to mess up the process of your mind renewal by making you compare your progress with someone else.

You are complete in God. You do not need to compare yourself to others. Comparing leads to complaining. Complaining can lead to breaking the 10th commandment of coveting. Coveting kills the creative process of God in renewing your mind. If your neighbor’s lawn looks greener than yours, start watering your own lawn. Be the best version of you the world has ever seen. Remember, what God started, He is faithful to finish (see Philippians 1:6). He is not done with you yet.

Step 6. Expect miracles. Expecting something good to happen is a choice. It is an act of our faith. A person with a renewed mind has positive expectations in the forefront of their mind. Do not let your imagination create an image in which things will go bad for you, such as sickness worsening, relationships breaking, business failing, etc. Replace those negative imaginations with promises from God’s Word.

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Some people wake up in the morning with a feeling that something bad is going to happen to them that day. If that happens to you, it is from the Devil. Go back to bed and wake up again until you have a positive feeling that God is good and He plans good things.

If you keep getting bad thoughts that something will happen and they do, you are releasing your faith for your own trouble. I choose to trust in God and expect His grace and mercy, not accidents, tickets, or all hell breaking loose.

Does that mean we will never have bad days? No! But we will not live expecting them.

Prayer

“Precious Holy Spirit, You are hovering over my life right now. All I can see is darkness, all I can feel is void in my life. I accept Your word as the final authority in my life. I ask that You will take the information from the Bible and make it a revelation in my heart. Oh, Holy Spirit, bring the manifestation of God’s Word into my life. Let my reality rise to the level of Your truth.


This blog was written by Vladimir Savchuk.

Pastor Vlad is the lead pastor of Hungry Generation Church, an author of “Break Free” and “Single, Ready to Mingle” and a founder of free online school “Vlad’s School.” To download free e-books, sermon series, small group study guides go to vladimirsavchuk.com

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  1. Such a timely post! I’ve been listening to Dr. Caroline Leaf about the mind-brain connection and her teaching coincide with this post. It’s so true that we can only go as far as our minds take us. I like how you explained the seven practical steps to simplify the mind renewal process.

    1. Thank you for sharing. Yes Dr Carolina Leaf’s teaching are powerful about renewing of the mind. Feel free to share the link in the comment.

    2. I have been struggling with severely disturbing thoughts for more than a year. I know that God loves me, I know he is there for me but I still deeply struggle with evil, terrible thoughts against the one who loves me the most! They are vile and something I never imagined would cross my mind about our loving creator. It really makes me feel horrible, sometimes I feel like I’m not even in the faith because these thoughts are crossing my mind. I think to myself, how can someone who truly loves God have these disgusting thoughts. They are so debilitating. They wear me down and exhaust me. I can’t stand them and I want them gone so bad. I just can’t seem to get rid of them. I’ve tried and tried and I’m so tired. 😭 But I can’t bare the thought of giving up. I want a renewed mind so bad, it is the deepest desire of my heart. With that all being said, I’m thankful to have come across this article. I have just about come back to it every day since God led me to it. It it’s really comforting. There are a lot of good points. The fact that I am responsible and have denied the fact that I can change the thoughts is very eye opening and so hard to hear. I am guilty of complaining that I can’t do it. I am so thankful for the truth in this and in God’s Word. God Bless you and all who view. I don’t wish this on anyone.

      1. I am oddly relieved to read your comment, as I am struggling with the same thing. Nearly a decade of addictions and an unbridled brain etc. have wired my brain to be weak and think of awful things, but please know that you are not alone. A good thing to remember that God is bigger than your thoughts, and God is not your thoughts (even any negative thought about God is not God, He is bigger than that!). God can speak to us, but if we have a terrible thought it is of the enemy and not God. Cut off any source to negativity (most media today, social, tv, etc.), take communion every day, have elders in your church pray for you, and most importantly read the word every single day. Eventually your brain will have the word in your subconscious and not the filth that seems to return to it. I’m repenting every day and asking God to give me strength. it seems like a lot of steps but I have not given up hope! God bless you

      2. SWEETHEART I CAN TELL YOU FROM EXPERIENCE – YOU HAVE TO DIE DAILY. YOU HAVE TO LET GO OF WHO YOU ARE TO BECOME WHO GOD WANT YOU TO BE MEANING WALK THE SCRIPTURES, TALK THE SCRIPTURES, EAT THE SCRIPTURES, LET THE WORD OF GOD COME ALIVE IN YOU. AS LONG AS WE HOLD ON TO THIS EARTHLY NATURE THE HARDER IT WILL BE TO CHANGE AND BE RENEWED, RECREATED INTO A SPIRITUAL BEING IN THOUGHT AND DEED. I LOVE YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE A HUMAN BEING JUST LIKE ME WHO WANTS TO PLEASE GOD AND LIVE A CHANGED BORN AGAIN SPIRIT-FILLED LIFE. FIGHT, STRUGGLE, RESIST, BEG, CRY OUT TO GOD AND BEFORE YOU KNOW IT YOU WILL BE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT STRUGGLE – I KNOW BECAUSE I EXPERIENCED JUST WHAT I AM TELLING YOU – GOD LOVES YOU BUT TO GO FROM CRAWLING TO WALKING LIKE A BABY WE CAN ENCOURAGE, AND PRAY FOR YOU BUT “YOU” MUST TAKE A STAND AND TAKE THOSE STEPS TOWARD DELIVERANCE AND VICTORY……..FATHER GOD IN JESUS NAME GIVE KIRSTEN AND OTHERS THE POWER TO OVERCOME THIS STRUGGLE AS HE/SHE WALK TOWARD YOU TAKE HIS/HER HAND – HOLD HIM/HER UP UNTIL HE/SHE GAIN THE VICTORY IN JESUS NAME ……..AMEN
        James 4:7 King James Version (KJV)
        7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
        YOU MUST DIE TO YOURSELF
        Galatians 2:20 – I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

        Luke 9:23 – And he said to [them] all, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

        Galatians 5:24 – And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

        Mark 8:35 – For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.

        John 12:24 – Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

        Romans 6:1-23 – What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? (Read More…)

        Matthew 10:38 – And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

        Philippians 2:1-30 – If [there be] therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, (Read More…)

        1 Corinthians 15:31 – I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

        1 Peter 2:24 – Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

        1 Peter 4:1-11 – Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; (Read More…)

        Colossians 3:3 – For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

        Romans 12:1 – 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.

        2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

        2 Corinthians 4:8 – [We are] troubled on every side, yet not distressed; [we are] perplexed, but not in despair;

        Philippians 1:21 – For to me to live [is] Christ, and to die [is] gain.

  2. I have been struggling with this for a long time. I wake up in the morning with dreading feelings that my day is not going to get any better, even if I go to sleep happy, I still wake up worried. Thank you for this timely post!!

  3. Great post, your writing looks great by the way. As a teacher I always refer to this topic with my students. In the Educational Arena, we call in “Growth Mindset” while in Scientific study and research, it is refer to as “Neuroplasticity.” I agree with you, we can not cast out mindsets or expect miracles to renew our mind. We must feed our minds and spirits the Word of God. I also agree “positive confession brings promise possession” and that is possession of all God’s promises.

  4. Thank you Pastor Vlad… This is an encouraging and beautiful message on how to renew our mind… So helpful so insightful…

  5. I was surfing the YouTube on a video teaching that can touch my situation as to the battle of the mind am talking with respect to my addiction on masturbations, I watch your video on how to overcome lust but I was blessed, I felt the presence of the Lord inside me.
    Your articles on renewing your Mind also blessed my life, I need more of your prayers cos I know I have the grace of God in my life but am battling with lust.
    God bless you, pst.

  6. Just what I needed. What an awesome post on the practical ways to renew the mind! I think we make it so hard, but this post reminds me of how beautiful it can be. Thank you.

  7. God is taking me through a journey of mind renewal. Imagine finding a beautiful article on the same subject! I’m just so amazed….to God be the glory!

  8. Pastor Vlad, Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I am currently reading Switch on Your Brian by Dr. Caroline Leaf and everything you said was confirmation. I feel like God led me to your blog to show me that he is listening to my prayers. I actually cried after reading your blog because it brings so much hope!

  9. Come on sir that was tremendous and especially I just felt that the point in which you say to celebrate the process touched me greatly
    Thank you so much for sharing these truths with us.

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