Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Mind in Spiritual Transformation

The ultimate freedom we have as human beings is the power to select what we will allow or require our minds to dwell upon.

To bring the mind to dwell upon God as he is presented in his Word will have the effect of causing us to love God passionately, and this love will in turn bring us to think of God steadily. Thus he will always be before our minds.

We are transformed by the renewing of our minds. (Romans 12:2, PAR)

To the extent that God is exalted in the minds of people, and his very name is cherished with utmost respect, everything else goes right.

The process of spiritual formation in Christ is one of progressively replacing those destructive images and ideas with the images and ideas that filled the mind of Jesus himself. We thereby come increasingly to see 'the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.' (2 Corinthians 4;4)

-excerpts from Renovation of the Heart, by Dallas Willard