Shifting Perspective – Renewing the Mind

Author: Cleveland McLeish


And be not conformed to this world: but be yetransformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good,and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:2 – KJV)

The transformation of our minds through renewal is not a one-time event, and neither is it an automatic process. It is a continual and deliberate attempt to allow ourselves to receive a new revelation. If what you believe now and your interpretation of Scripture today is the same as it was ten years ago, or even three months ago, then you have not allowed yourself to be inducted in the mind renewal process.

I am amazed at the culture we have developed where we like to hear what we already know. What is the point of that? It was uncomfortable for me at first to expose myself to unfamiliar teachings, but I learned to look into the matter and realized that from a biblical perspective, a lot of it made sense. There is no one interpretation of Scripture. The Word of God is spirit and life, and it has the capacity to reveal its meaning based on one’s level of maturity. Our ability to submit to the mind renewal process is the determining factor in moving to higher levels of learning and experience. The suggestion here is that you can get stuck in kindergarten, repeating the same grade, if you don’t accept the reality that there is a new revelation waiting to take you to a new dimension in Christ.

God is deliberate in what He created. He hides Himself even in the basic things of life. As it is above, so it is below. For example, babies must be cared for and nurtured until they become conscious of their existence. Then, they must be taught based on their level of maturity. The concept of teaching is a principle that allows the mind to grow as the body grows. When we are born again, the same principle applies. There is no growth without a teacher, and when you go to a new grade, everything you are taught is a new revelation. Our perspective shifts and our mind is renewed each time we assimilate new revelation when it comes.


Father, forgive my reluctance to accept newrevelation. Pardon my skepticism and resistance to new information that makesme uncomfortable. I realize now that in order to be transformed by the renewingof my mind, I must go through discomfort as my mind is forced to release oldinformation in order to embrace new revelation. I pray that all the opportunitieslost for me to grow because of my resistance may pass my way again and that Iwill be more open to receive Your Word, whether it be for correction, forreproof, or for edification. Lord, I am open to what You want to reveal to mein this season, in Jesus’ Name.

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