Seeking to Be Renewed


Delight in the Word of God

Key Bible Verse: I will delight in your decrees and not forget your word. (Psalm 119:16)

Dig Deeper: Psalm 119:9-16

Romans 12:1-2 and Ephesians 4:23 call us to renew our minds.  If change happens in our minds, it will happen in every other part of the body.  Mind and heart, when it comes to sanctification, are the same thing.  Both point to the core of who we are.  In our hearts and minds lay our hopes, dreams, and beliefs.  If we aren’t changed on that level, our lives remain captive to our natural way of thinking and are deeply vulnerable to the Devil.  God’s trust sets us free.

All of us as humans think, act, value, and have affections that are all shaped by how we filter everything we experience.  One of the most important things to understand is that mind renewal [happens through] intentional interaction with the Word of God.  The Holy Spirit applies God’s Word to us, but we have to do the hard work of being in places where the Word is dispensed.  To be doers of the Word, we must be hearers of the Word.

The psalmist states that the people that experience the greatest amount of sustainable joy and happiness are those who have intense pleasure and satisfaction with the Word of God.  To truly delight in the Word is to delight oneself in the Lord.

– Eric Mason in Unleashed

My Response: When have I most enjoyed meditating on God’s word?

Thought to Apply: Just as Jesus Christ the living Word is an ever present and dynamic reality, the written Word is equally alive and active through the mind of the Holy Spirit. – David McKenna (college president, writer))

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