The Essential Practice of Thinking Differently

May 14, 2017

I have found that we all can get stuck in ruts as we go about our lives.  We tend to keep doing things the same way because that is how we have always done them.  And we only change the results we get in our lives when we continually develop a practice of intentionally thinking differently.

Thinking Differently

Our actions originate with our thoughts.  So if we change our thought patterns, then we will change our actions.  And that will change the results we get.

We are to be transformed by the renewing of our mind (Romans 12:2).  Looking at the key words in this verse, here is a breakdown of how we can go about intentionally thinking differently.

 

1. Transformed

 

According to Strong’s concordance, the Greek word for “transformed” in that verse is metamorphoo.  It means to change, transfigure, or transform.  In fact, this Greek word is where we get our English word “metamorphosis.”  And Merriam-Webster says the word metamorphosis means “a change of physical form, structure, or substance especially by supernatural means.”

This transformation that Paul is talking about in this verse is a spiritual transformation.  But it is born out in an intellectual transformation.  And it should transform how we act.

 

2. Renewing

 

According to Strong’s Concordance, the Greek word for “renewing” in that verse is anakainosis.  This Greek word means to renovate.  And Merriam-Webster says the word renovate means “to restore to a former better state (as by cleaning, repairing, or rebuilding).”

When we renew our thinking, we are renovating our thinking.  We are restoring it to a better state.  We are cleansing ourselves of the sin that darkens our minds.

 

3. Mind

 

According to Strong’s Concordance, the Greek word for “mind” in that verse is nous.  This Greek word means our intellect.  Our minds are the seat of our desires, our feelings, and our thoughts.  Our minds refer to all of the mental processes we are capable of performing.

When we are transformed by the renewing of our minds, we are allowing our desires, our feelings, and our thoughts to be supernaturally restored to what God intended for us to have.  We undergo a spiritual metamorphosis by cleaning out the old mental processes and replacing them with how God thinks.

We will become more like God when we allow our desires, feelings, and thoughts to be more like God’s.  And it all starts with intentionally thinking differently.

 

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