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, probably about themselves. A lie so beguiling that it had hijacked their whole pattern of life and made them a slave to it. Others, find it easier, or preferable, to believe the lies because lies will often tell us what we want to hear or what makes us feel better about ourselves. The truth though will present us with a quotation, a costing of what it will take for changes to be made. This cost sometimes is too much and so we ignore the need for change and carry on believing the lie. 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 pressure of accepting something they knew to be the truth. The cost of change being too much for them that eventually something would give. The renewed mind doesn’t come without the need for change. The Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth, an essential ingredient for the renewed mind and transformed life, but it is for you to take hold of it and let it be the initiator for the change you need.
Steve Howell: born in Birmingham, (ever so long ago), now in Weston super Mare. Walked with God 46 years. Teaches, mentors and loves discussing the renewed mind and the transformed life. Developed Rethink 16 years ago as a course designed to help those affected by social disruption ...read more