OK, so we've been giving some thought to the question:
'In biblical terms, which of these two words:
behaviour - thinking, do you think have a closer link to the word, repent?
The Greek word the New Testament uses for repent is metanoeō. It means to, 'think differently', literally to, rethink.
Many people interestingly, but not surprisingly, have problems with the general interpretation of the word repent, very often associating it with behaviour and not thinking. The problem has been because of the weight of association that many speakers have put on the word repent to mean change behaviour and miss out altogether the weight of meaning of, change your THINKING. Consequently, many listeners to what has been said have made the mistake of putting all their efforts into changing behaviour, whilst leaving their thinking unchanged and unchallenged, hence the problem of not being able to change their lifestyles, they have made constant effort to change behaviour and getting discouraged when very little, or nothing changes for them.
when the NT uses the word repent, it is not asking you to change your behaviour directly, this is one of the failings of trying to keep the Law in the OT, it is asking you to change your thinking, generally after having been given more information to think about. Our behaviour is the result of what we believe, or what we choose to believe, and what we believe is the result of our thinking based on the information we've gathered. More on this later.
It is still not an easy task from there, but at least you'll be up the right ladder and up the right wall.
And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
Good morning guys.
I would like to set you a simple challenge today.
Take some time out and ask the Holy Spirit to show you what lies you are currently believing in about yourself, others and the world around you.
Then ask him what you should do about it.
Inbox me with what God says to you, I would be very interested.
Have a blessed day ...
When the Spirit of TRUTH comes, he will guide you into all the TRUTH, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
How often do you challenge the validity of what you think, especially your conclusions?
This is a much greater problem than you might imagine.
If you have ever discussed someone’s personal issues with them, the chances are that at some point you will have unearthed a lie, or maybe several lies, they hold about themselves; a lie so engaging that it had hijacked their whole pattern of life and beliefs.
For some people, when confronted with the truth, find it easier to believe the lie:
there is a cost when seeking the truth and sometimes an even greater cost trying to embrace it.
I wonder if that’s what was in Jesus’ mind when he spoke about the difficulty of putting new wine into old wineskins? Mark 2:22.
The old wineskins are those whose, ‘truth and reality’, would not stand the test of trying to embrace a new truth: the cost being too much for them as it might destroy what they already had. Of course, Jesus was referring to the impossibility of combining Law and Grace, but the principle overlaps many situations.
The renewed mind doesn’t come without there being some sort of change in what we think, and/or, the way we think.
The Holy Spirit is committed to leading you into all truth, an essential ingredient for the renewed mind, but it is for you to embrace it.
When God's word comes to our mind it doesn't just sit there waiting for its shelf life to expire.
God tells us that:
The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12.
The Word of God is,'living and active', it carries with it a Royal and sanctifying commission direct from God to bring and fulfil his purposes into your life; see Isaiah 55:8-11.
It seeks out those things in our lives that are incompatible with what God desires for us and seeks to bring their power into submission to His will, whilst revealing the beauty and wonder of His grace.
It is very sharp with the ability to discern between the thoughts and intentions of the heart and aids us in knowing when we operate in the soul and when we operate in the spirit, not even the best self-help and psychology books have this power.
The Word of God is a wonderful gift to have, no wonder Satan hates it.
The renewed mind depends on the active work of God's Word to be present in a person's life if it is to understand God's purposes and if it is to be strengthened to understand God's will in a person's life-see Romans 12:2.
I believe without the active work of God's Word in the mind there is little hope of us living out of our new identity in Christ.
If the Word of God is not present in your life, and if it is, and you're not responding to it, then don't expect the renewed mind to be yours anytime soon and don't expect the things you struggle with in life to just disappear.
Steve Howell has been a Christian for over 44 years. About 15 years ago he founded Rethink: a biblical initiative that assists Christians towards a renewed mind and thinking processes. Steve has spent the last ten years developing Rethink and using it widely in churches, schools and rehab centres. He currently concentrates his work on the South West of England and the West Midlands.