As a pastor, I am surprised by the number of Christians who battle depression.
The first day I was a youth pastor, a young person approached me and said they were having suicidal thoughts. That young person represented a larger portion of the church body that doesn’t realize the power of a renewed mind.
Through the cross, God has positioned us to live a life free from the bondage of sin and death. Through Christ, our lives can be completely transformed by renewing our minds. But before Paul gives us the promise, he shows us the issue. The reason we don’t have a sound mind is because we are not renewing it. Rather, we are conforming to the world.
Paul says there is a pattern to the world around us. If we don’t know it, we will soon discover it when the renewing of our mind causes us to come into conflict with it. When we read what God’s Word says about anxiety, we begin to notice all the anxious thoughts we have. This happens because our minds are coming against the pattern and recognizing it through the power of God’s Word.
Renewing our mind is a daily privilege for every believer. God promises that a renewed mind will fill our life with wisdom and the ability to discover His perfect will for our life.
If you struggle with depression, anxiety, or stress, take heart. God’s Word will set you free.
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