“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Romans 12:2

The mind is essential in spiritual transformation and maturity. Our beliefs impact our actions. This means it matters if our beliefs are true. The more certain you come of a belief the more it becomes a part of your soul. Some beliefs are more central than others, like the belief in Jesus versus the belief in the use of essential oils. Scripture holds us responsible for our beliefs. We become transformed by our beliefs. A believer in Jesus Christ becomes less anxious, depressed, and fearful as he/she grows in their knowledge of who God is.

To have a healthy mind, you must be a different Christian, one who stands against culture.  CS. Lewis wrote “Christ wants a child’s heart, but a grown-up’s head. He wants us to be simple, single-minded, affectionate, and teachable, as good children are; but He also wants every bit of intelligence we have to be alert at its job, and in first-class fighting trim.” Believers should seek Truth even if they don’t like what they find. We need to know what we believe and why we believe it. How does Christ want to transform your mind?

5 Ways To Love God With Your Mind

1. Reason

“Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord.” Isaiah 1:18

It is interesting to me that Jesus used careful reason, logic, and intellect to confront the Pharisees. When you study His word you see that Jesus knew what He was saying and why He was saying it.

Apologetics is the study and discipline of defending religious doctrines. Apologetics is often required in evangelism. Reason for your beliefs but don’t be unloving and argumentative.

In today’s culture faith is often seen as a blind act. Faith is really built on reason. Just read the book The Case For Christ by Lee Strobel. People who can not defend their faith are more likely to fall away from it.

2. Knowledge

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7 

Good churches teach the body to think biblically and theologically. If you are reading so-called Christian self-help books you might want to seriously consider switching to books that are more theologically sound. 

Study builds character and discipline. We should have solid evidence on why we interpret scripture the way we do. Intellectual work is needed to fully understand the scriptures. I think this is God letting us solve and uncover His mysteries. 

Many Christians are afraid to share their faith for fear that they will receive questions they can’t answer. If this is you, you are not alone, I can relate. But this is one of many good reasons to begin building a solid foundation of knowledge of The Word.

3. Memory

“This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you should meditate on it day and night so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it, for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.”Joshua 1:8

The Bible is filled with commands to remember. Memorizing scripture is hard but can be life-changing. Limit mindless TV and challenge your mind. The mind forms habits and by memorizing The word your mind will be transformed.

Aspects of ourselves work and interact together. As we all know the mind is powerful and will impact even our physical well-being. When you are stressed you want scripture to be brought into your mind.

4. Creativity

“He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiders in blue, purple, and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers- all of them skilled workers and designers.” Exodus 35:35

God is our creator and Jesus was the most creative human who ever lived. God wants us to explore the callings He has on our lives. Vocation is a calling from God. It’s one of the ways we serve the Lord, so find out what it means to be a Christian doctor, engineer, stay-at-home mom, teacher, artist…

And always remember your skills come from the Lord. 

5. Worship

“Yet a time is coming and has now come where the true worshippers will worship the Father in the spirit and in Truth, for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks.” John 4:23

To worship is to show adoration for God. God is looking for worshipers who can worship Him with belief in His Word. Train yourself to think about the meaning of the songs you sing in Church. Praise God and be thankful to Him for everything, with all your mind. 

"So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace." Romans 8:6

“But the people’s minds were hardened, and to this day whenever the old covenant is being read, the same veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing in Christ.” 2 Corinthians 3:14

"Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart." Colossians 4:2

“From a wise mind comes wise speech; the words of the wise are persuasive.” Proverbs 16:23

"When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer." Psalms 94:19

“Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7 

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"Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures." Luke 24:45

"Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him." Ephesians 4:18