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.
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.