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The Word for Today

by Bob and Debby Gass

Keep renewing your mind with God’s Word

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‘Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. …’ Romans 12:2 NIV

How do we renew our minds? One pastor wrote: ‘The way to upgrade your mind is to download Scripture. Doctors … of the National Institute of Mental Health did a fascinating study asking subjects to perform a simple motor task—a finger-tapping exercise. As subjects tapped, the doctors conducted an MRI to identify what part of the brain was being activated. The subjects then practised the finger-tapping exercise daily for four weeks. At the end of the four-week period, the brain scan was repeated. In each instance, it revealed that the area of the brain involved in the task had expanded. That simple task—a finger-tapping exercise—literally recruited new nerve cells and rewired neuronal connections. When we read Scripture, we are recruiting new nerve cells and rewiring neuronal connections. In a sense, we are downloading a new operating system that reconfigures the mind. We stop thinking human thoughts and start thinking God thoughts.’ ‘Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus’ (Philippians 2:5 NKJV).

How do we fulfil that command? Paul tells us how: ‘Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord’ (Colossians 3:16 NKJV). Whether through preaching, teaching, reading, or singing, our brains are rewired in alignment with God’s Word, and we develop the mind of Christ. We think His thoughts. As a result, we end up doing His will instead of being led by our own will. So, keep renewing your mind with God’s Word.

SoulFood: 1 Sam 14-15 Luke 4:14-30 Ps 98 Pro 17:1-3

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2024

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