I finished writing my sermon this morning, and I am struck by this thought:
We often do what we do because we think the way we think.
Ephesians 4:22-24 is clear. To Put on involves the renewing of the spirit of your mind. Without the renewing of the mind, there is no putting on the new man. These things run together.
I take renewing of the mind to be something God the Spirit does in us through the Word he has inspired.
So the more I have the Word in my life, the more tender the Spirit has to heat up the crucible of change in my heart.
If I am to change, if I am to be rid of some sin, if I am to repent of my sins, if I am to struggle against it, instead of yielding to it, then I must have the Word of God in my life through prayerfully reading, listening, hearing, memorizing, devouring, even osmosis if I can.
So get the Bible into your life and maybe these links might be of help.
- How to read the Bible for yourself by John Piper
- My Preferred way to read to Read the Bible by Jim Elliff
- 5 ways to read the Bible for personal application by Joe Carter