Romans 12:2 gives us a very clear statement about the world and its lifestyle, we are NOT to conform to it.
The world has very clear statements of its own to make, some of which put the Christian into some very difficult dilemmas. Dilemmas which cause Christians to have to make choices about how they embrace what the world says and how they make room for the world without compromising what the Bible teaches. As a consequence, often Christians are tempted to take a softer route towards the inclusion of the world than they ideally would like to. The pressure on our minds and thinking processes to formulate, 'a way forward', to include the world, is uncomfortable. This is the point at which we are tempted to exchange what we believe God would have us uphold for something that makes our life easier, something that takes us out of the firing line of the world and its accusations of religious bigotry. If as Christians, we are to stand on God's word and not conform to the world's influences, we must be prepared to engage in this conflict and be prepared to taste the bitterness of separation from the world and its ideals. Anything that demands that we conform to the world is not of God no matter how plausible its arguments may be.
God expects us to be responsible and accountable for what we allow to pass through into our mind, especially if we are going to use it to form our responses and reactions.
Today, more than ever, there are constant bombardments of verbal and accusatorial pressure, designed to malign our right and our ability to think, and pursue our thoughts, which would empower us to independently act, think and choose.
Today, more than ever, the need to challenge our own personal beliefs concerning ourselves, the world and God, has never been more crucially important to the health of those beliefs and to the fruit they bare. The renewed mind, especially the pursuit of the renewed mind, is the real theatre of spiritual warfare for those choices and beliefs to gain and hold strategical ground. Cognitive and spiritual strongholds are the places where the Christian will potentially sustain their greatest injuries, but it is also the place where the Christian has a right to claim to his victory through his new identity in Christ.
There are a number of reasons why Christians fail to live out of the renewed mind. Below is a list of just some of them.These are just some of the issues that the Rethink workshop on 10th February 2018 will explore. So if you have not booked a place on this workshop then do it sooner rather than later.
They are: ... a Christian's,
1. Inability to process information appropriately.
2. Unawareness of the need for the renewed mind.
3. Neglect to nurture the renewed mind.
4. Unawareness of the Position, Power and Purpose of the
5. Unawareness and/or disregard for the spiritual strategic
value and purpose of the renewed mind.
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.