The Renewed Mind
God calls for us to resist the world by reminding ourselves of the gospel and trusting his plan for our lives.
I. Resist the World
"Do not be conformed to this world"
"Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever." —1 John 2:15-17
“Our hearts are idol-making factories.” —John Calvin, Institutes
II. Rehearse the Truth
“but be transformed by the renewal of your mind,”
“Jesus is a teacher who doesn’t just inform our intellect but forms our very loves. He isn’t content to simply deposit new ideas into your mind; he is after nothing less than your wants, your loves, your longings.” —James K.A. Smith, You Are What You Love
“Preaching the gospel to ourselves everyday reminds us that we are indeed sinners in need of God’s grace…It helps us to consciously renounce any confidence in our own goodness as a means of meriting God’s blessing on our lives. Perhaps more importantly, though, preaching the gospel to ourselves every day gives us hope, joy and courage. The good news that our sins are forgiven because of Christ’s death fills our hearts with joy, gives us courage to face the day, and offers us hope that God’s favor will rest upon us, not because we are good, but because we are in Christ.”—Jerry Bridges, Disciplines of Grace
III. Remember God's Will
“that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
“I’ve learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages.” —Charles Spurgeon