I heard a new term this week, that I had not heard before the term was "camoflauge Christians". These are people who claim Christianity but blend in with the world's values and ways so well you can't tell the difference.
"They become so well adjusted to their culture that they fit into it without even thinking."
2 Corinthians 6:17 says: Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
Romans 12:2. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Conformed - To be in accord or harmony with - to become similar in form and character.
I want to talk today about renewing our mind and about our thinking.
I know we have been taught a lot about the words of our mouth and about our confession.
It's true, we must not be double-minded in our confession. A negative confession will undermine our faith.
The Bible says we are snared by the words of our mouth. We are snared by our words because they reveal the abundance of the heart. The Bible doesn't say out of the abundance of the mouth the heart speaks.
No. It is the heart or the mind that is in need of renewal.
The Bible says we should be renewed in our mind in the spirit of the inner man, and then we can bring our confession into line.
The world is constantly pulling and trying to convince us to conform to their way of thinking.
Generally speaking this world is on a negative course, and if we follow that course it will drag us down emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
Many times, as Christians, we have allowed ourselves to become conformed to the thinking of the world.
To think and talk negatively and to expect defeat, and failure has become a way of life for some Christians. We expect the worst instead of the best.
Romans 8:6 says to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Our text tells us that there is a cure for being carnal minded. It is to be transformed by the renewing of your mind. We are not to be conformed. We are to be transformed. In order to be transformed, we must be renewed.
Philippians 4:8. Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely whatsoever things are of a good report, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Did you know God's Word meets and exceeds all these things?
God's Word will renew your mind. It will change what you think.
What we give our attention to is the abundant thing in our mind.
Maybe you are saying, "Dave, it doesn't matter what I think."
Let me give you 2 Scriptures about your thinking. The first step in spiritual warfare is to control our thinking.
II Corinthians 10:5. The text here is speaking about our warfare and about not fighting or waring after the ways of the flesh but about waging a spiritual battle. One of the first instructions is to prepare your mind.
Verse 5. Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
Taking charge over our thinking is a major step toward victory.
A lot of the thoughts that run through your mind aren't your thoughts. They are offered to you.
Most of us have at sometime walked around thinking, "I can't do that." "I am not good enough."
"I don't deserve to win." "I'll never be anything and I'll never have anything."
These thoughts undermine God's plan for your life and should be cast down.
The Apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. In the same chapter, verse 19, But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in Glory by Christ Jesus.
These are Scriptures that will renew our mind.
Satan and the world will try and convince you that you have lost the fight; that you are always a loser and nothing ever goes right for you.
For God's word says in Romans 8:37 that we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
II Corinthians 15:57. But thanks be to God which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
II Corinthians 2:14. Now thanks be unto God which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.
If you have been meditating failure, these Scriptures should renew your mind in victory.
What happens in our lives is not a matter of chance, but a matter of choice.
I said I would give you another Scripture about what you think.
Proverbs 23:7. For as he thinketh in his heart so is he.
The Bible tells us that a man brings forth out of his heart.
When Moses sent out 12 spies to search out the land 10 came back and said, "It's a good land, but we can't take it."
They were saying God told the truth about the land, but not about giving it to us.
They said we were as grasshoppers in our own sight and so we were in their sight.
Joshua and Caleb tried to encourage the people to believe God's Word and not the evil report, but the children of Israel became conformed to the evil report and their carcasses fell in the wilderness.
Joshua and Caleb held on to the promise and one day entered in.
David defeated Goliath because he thought on his covenant with God, while the others thought on the size of the problem.
God has instructed me today to encourage you to renew your mind to His Promises, recall His Words about your circumstances, and to tell you not to conform to this world. It has nothing worth holding on to.
Jeremiah 29:11. For I know my thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord. Thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
I guess the question today is, "Whose report do you believe?"
God is once again calling for a choice to be made. Will you be conformed to this world, or will you be renewed by His Word?
The condition of your soul will not be by chance, but by choice.