Instead of trying to get more faith, we are now trying to release what is already in us. So how do we do that? How do we release the God kind of faith that moves mountains and cancels out unbelief?
I believe it is a two-fold process. Romans 10:17 says that “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” We first need to hear the truth through the word. Then after we hear the word, we need to renew our minds to what it says so we begin to think the way God thinks.
Romans 12:2 is such a powerful verse on this. It states, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may know what is that good and perfect and acceptable will of God.”
What does it mean to renew your mind? It means to go from thinking about natural things to what the Bible says. That comes through reading the word, meditating on the word and speaking the word. As we do this, faith will rise up from our spirits into our minds and hearts. The more we meditate on the word and speak the word, the more we will believe the word. The Bible isn’t just ordinary words written down on paper but are his inspired thoughts to us, his children. His word is “living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword.” — Hebrews 4:12. His word is “life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh.” — Proverbs 4:22.
When we don’t renew our minds to the word, we unintentionally conform to the world’s way of thinking. So we have a choice: Do we want to conform to the world by thinking as the world thinks or do we want to be transformed by renewing our minds to what God says?
I can vouch for the fact that the renewing of the mind to the word will transform you because it has done so for me, and I know it will for you as well. Instead of working and striving to get more faith, faith will come as a by-product of spending time meditating on the word. It will take you from the natural realm of fear and doubt and will catapult you into the spiritual realm of boldness and faith. That faith then brings into manifestation all that Jesus has made available to us in the spiritual realm.
A little side note here: A key to remember that has helped me tremendously when reading the Bible is that God cannot lie (Titus 1:2, Hebrews 6:18). If God said it in his word, it is true, and he can be trusted.
Spending time in the word and renewing our minds to God’s word isn’t a one-time deal. It needs to become a lifestyle because the world will pull you in the opposite direction. I liken it to laundry. We don’t do it once and think we are all set and never have to do it again. No, the dirty laundry will continue to pile up, and we need to continue to clean it. That’s how it is with renewing our minds. We need to keep cleaning our minds by renewing it to what the word says or the “dirt” of the world will muddy our way of thinking.
I pray that no one turns what I am saying into a legalistic act, thinking that by renewing our minds we are somehow buying favor with God. No, we already have the favor of God through Jesus, and renewing our minds to the word causes faith to rise up in us, and it is through that faith that we access and bring into manifestation all that has already been provided for us through Jesus.
I also want you to know that whether you renew your mind to the word or not, God’s love for you doesn’t change. But I pray my dear readers that you will turn this into a lifestyle because I wholeheartedly believe it is the key to living a victorious, faith-filled Christian life. We are in a spiritual battle, and we need to use the word to fight the enemy. When the devil throws a thought of unbelief at us, we should fight back with the word, just like Jesus did in the wilderness when the devil tempted him. He constantly came back with “it is written” and quoted scripture. Now if the Son of God did that, I do believe we would be well advised to do the same.
Amber can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or through her AmberRiceMiller Facebook page.
Published: November 7, 2016