Wesley Methodist Church Alor Setar

Wesley Methodist Church Alor Setar

Written by Chan Weng Seng   

RENEW YOUR MIND: ROMANS 12:2

OPENING PRAYER: Abba Father! We want to hear You speak. Your Truth we seek. To You we want to be true. Tell us what to do. We ask this in Yeshua’s Name. Amen.

BIG PICTURE OF SERMON SERIES :What is this series of sermons on the Disciple’s Personality all about? To help you see the big picture of your personality as Jesus’ disciple;  to provide you with the theological understanding of what’s happening inside of you; watch carefully and listen attentively to this video presentation. If ever you forget what is shared in this series of sermons, don’t forget this video presentation on The Disciple’s Personality. It’s the heart and soul of who you are, what’s happening in you and what God intends you to be as Jesus’ disciple. For God is at work in you to will and to act according to His good purpose. DISCIPLE’S PERSONALITY PRESENTATION Last week pastor spoke on DO GOD’S WILL. Tonight I continue with

RENEW YOUR MIND: Tonight’s message is based on one verse in the Bible.Romans 12:2 . Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. NKJV Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect His will really is. NLT Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what He wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you and develops well-formed maturity in you. Msg 2 things are emphasized in Romans 12:2 which becomes the 2 points of tonight’s message. 1 Reject the world’s ways.    2 Renew your mind God’s way. I now begin with

Point #1: REJECT THE WORLD’S WAYS: Romans 12: 2a.  Do not be conformed to this world. Do not copy the behavior and customs of this world. Don’t be so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Adam and Eve sinned against God when they chose to listen to Satan instead of God; when they chose to believe Satan instead of God; when they trusted Satan more than they trusted God. Whose voice are you hearing when you are thinking? Who do you choose to believe when you have to decide? Who do you trust when it really matters ? God or Satan? The world or yourself?

Reject these thoughts from Satan. They deceive and cause you to sin.

  • You’re so unlovable God cannot love you; you’re so insignificant God doesn’t see you.
  • God doesn’t care about you. How you live doesn’t bother Him.
  • It’s alright to sin against God once in a while. He wouldn’t know..
  • When you sin, no need to repent, God has already forgiven you.
  • God cannot be trusted. He cannot be trusted to provide and protect you.

Reject these lies when the world says these things to you.

  • Sin as much as you want as long as it doesn’t hurt others.
  • Right and wrong, good and evil isn’t important anymore because there’s no heaven and hell after you die.
  • It’s alright to hurt others when you’re hurting. Go do it. It will make you feel better.
  • Your happiness is more important than your holiness. God wants you to be happy not holy.
  • Why pray? It’s a waste of time. It’s only meant for those who’ve nothing better to do.

Reject these unhealthy thoughts from your sinful nature.

  • If God really knows who I am, He won’t love me.
  • My problems and hurts are too big for God to help me.
  • God is love. He cannot hate sin..
  • God will not punish me for the wrong things I enjoy doing.
  • God doesn’t appreciate all the things I do for Him.

Don’t entertain these negative thoughts in your thinking.Don’t nurse and rehearse these unhealthy feelings in your heart. All these sin-inducing thoughts come from Satan, the world and your sinful nature. Shut the door of your life to Satan and never ever listen to him. Don’t even dialoque with him. He’ll deceive you like He deceived Adam and Eve.

This is not my advice to you. It’s God’s command given to you as recorded in 1 John 2: 15 -17. 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 lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life is not of the Father, but is of the world. The world is passing away and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. NKJV Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for Fahter God. Practically everything that goes on in the world; wanting your own way; wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important, has nothing to do with Father God. It just isolates you from Him. The world with all its wanting is on the way out, but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity. Msg

Therefore! Watch your desires, they become feelings. Watch your feelings, they become thoughts. Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.  

You’re not a human being on a spiritual pilgrimage. You’re a spirit being on a human pilgrimage. Reject the world’s ways and God starts you on the trip to eternity with Him. It’s not the starting that’s important, how you end is more important. To move forward in your pilgrimage, one other thing you need to do. When you have rejected the world’s ways, to proceed further you need to renew your mind God’s way. This brings me to

Point # 2: RENEW YOUR MIND GOD’S WAY: Romans 12: 2b Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what God wants from you, and quickly respond to it.How do we let God transform our personality? How does God change the way we think? How do we become a new person from inside out? How do we know what God wants from us as He works in us to will and to act according to His good purpose? How do you and I renew our minds God’s way? 4 things we are told to do. 4 things we can do.

1stly: Surrender your mind to God. I read from the NLT Romans 12:1 Dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice, the kind He will accept. When you think of what He has done for you, is it too much to ask? Our mind is an integral part of your physical body. When you surrender your body to God, you also surrender your mind to God. Once surrendered, your body and mind is no longer your possession. Once surrendered, God owns you, He owns your mind as well as your body. As Master He’s in control of your life? As Lord He’s incharge of your life? Is God in control of your thinking? Is He Lord and Master of your mind? Is your mind holy, set apart unto God? Is your thinking acceptable to God? I pray your answer to these questions is yes, yes, and yes.

2ndly: Saturate your mind with God’s Word. Psalm 1:1-2 tells us how to saturate our minds with God’s Word. Blessed is the man who…delights in the law of the Lord and on His law he meditates day and night. NIV Oh the joys of those who delight in doing everything God wants them to, day and night always meditating on His laws and thinking about ways to follow God more closely. LB
God will not bless you when you neglect to meditate on His Word daily, when you refuse to memorize His Word. You deprive yourself from experiencing divine joywhen you agonize in obeying God’s Word; when you don’t want to know God intimately when you saturate your minds with things other than God’s Word. But God will bless you when you day and night meditate on His Word; when you diligently memorize God’s Word. Divine joys awaits you when you delight in obeying God’s Word; when you think about ways to follow God closely; when you saturate their minds with God’s Word Do you want God to bless you? Do you desire to experience joy in your life? If yes is your answer, then saturate your mind with God’s Word.

3rdly: Seize every thought and secure it under Christ’s lordship. I read from the NIV 2 Corinthians 10: 4 -5 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. God has given you His power to demolish demonic strongholds entrenched in your mind; to destroy anti-god arguments corrupting your mind; to decimate satanic wisdom deceiving your mind. You have God’s power to capture every thought and make it obedient to Christ. When these thoughts occupy your thinking impure and indecent thoughts; lustful and immoral thoughts; idolatrous and adulterous thoughts; fearful and anxious thoughts; resentful and revengeful thoughts; use God’s power to capture them and destroy them in Jesus name. When these thoughts persist in your thinking envious and jealous thoughts hateful and murderous thoughts; unkind and unloving thoughts; foolish and evil thoughts; greedy and covetous thoughts; use God’s power to seize them and demolish them in Jesus’ name.

When you do these 1st 3 things as commanded. When you surrender your mind to God; when you saturate your mind with God’s Word; when you seize every ungodly thought and destroy it in Jesus’ name God will do His part .He will

4thly: Spirit-controlled in your thinking. John 16: 13 LB When the Holy Spirit, who is Truth comes, He will guide you into all truth, for He will not be presenting His own ideas, but will be passing on to you what He has heard. He will tell you about the future.

1.The Holy Spirit is God’s Holy Fire. He burns away all unholy thoughts in our thinking..He purifies our minds from all sinful thoughts.

2 The Holy Spirit is God’s Truth Spirit. He exposes all lies and deceit in our thinking and He drives them out of our minds.

3 The Holy Spirit is God’s Spirit of Revelation. He reveals what Father God wants us to know. He tells us about the future.

4 The Holy Spirit is God’s Counsellor. He helps us understand God’s truth. He guides us when we have to choose and decide. He convinces us to follow God’s wisdom. He convicts us to do things God’s way. He comforts and consoles us.

5 The Holy Spirit is God’s everpresent Spirit. He’s in us and with us all the time. He is always available to you. He is ever ready to help you. He won’t impose Himself on you. He waits for you to humbly ask when you need Him.

When you are Spirit–controlled in your thinking, as your mind is being renewed; you will know what God wants you to do and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect His will really is. Rom 12: 2c NLT You will readily recognize what God wants from you and you will quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you and develops well-formed maturity in you Msg You will experience and enjoy the good, acceptable and perfect will of God in your life.. NKJV
Do you know what God wants you to do at this point in your life? Do you readily recognize what God wants from you? Are you experiencing the goodness of God’s will in your life? Are you enjoying the perfect will of God in your daily liiving? Are you Spirit-controlled in your thinking? Is your mind being renewed by God, not once in a while, but daily? If yes is your answer to these questions, praise and thank God before you leave His presence this evening. If no is your answer to these questions, why not come to the altar after the benediction and tell God what ‘s in your heart.

I close with this short testimony. 50 years ago I became a disciple of Jesus. I denied myself, took up my cross and followed Jesus from then on. I was blessed with a godly pastor who preached powerfully and passiontely. I was so impacted by his ministry that I told God that when I grow up, I want to be like him, preaching and teaching wherever God sends me. But 50 years ago I had no money to travel. I was still schooling. I was not mature. I was a spiritual baby in God’s family. I had no mission. I did not know God’s purpose for my life. I had no ministry. I was too young to be trusted with responsibilities.

50 years later, this year I celebrate my jubilee as a disciple Jesus. Now I have more than enough money for me to live and to travel. I am mature enough to be trusted to disciple others for Christ. I have a purpose for living until God calls me home to be with Him. I have a ministry to preach and teach in 7 small congregattions up north; to preach, pray and to prophesy in missions local and overseas other than the things I do in this church.

My 1st 30 years as Jesus’ disciple had plenty of ups and downs because I was a worldly christian. My soul was a continual battleground because I was not properly discipled. I was not taught to shut the door of my flesh to Satan. I was not shown how to crucify my mind, my will and my emotions to God. My last 20 years as Jesus’ disciple was better because by then I had learned how to reject the world’s ways and not conform to its values and vices. God has been renewing my mind His way through the Holy Spirit. As I now daily surrender my life to Father God; I saturate my mind in God’s Word ; I seize and secure every thought in obedience to Christ I become Spirit-controlled in my thinking. And what a difference it has made in my life and ministry.

If only God had sent someone to properly disciple me much earlier, I would have been spared much pain and regrets, much mistakes and disappointments. If only I had been discipled much earlier with The Disciple’s Course what a great difference it would have made in my life and ministry. Spare yourself much pain and regrets, spare yourself mistakes & disappointmets Don’t miss out on this opprotunity and appointment with God to be properly discipled. You won’t regret the time spent and the effort put in doing this course. Masterlife 1 The Disciple’s Cross starts this week on 14th October with pastor. Masterlife 1 The Disciple’s Cross also starts this week on 13th October with me and Charis Care Group. Masterlife 2 The Disciple’s Personality starts this week on 11th October with me..Sign up and see how God works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.Thank you for listening so attentively.God bless each one of you in Jesus’ name.


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