Training Your Mind In Christ
Pastor Jerry Ghirardo
February 21st, 2021
Ephesians 4:23, 2 Corinthians 10:4-5, 2 Timothy 1:7, Romans 8:6
Verse of the Week
2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
~ Romans 12:2

1) To fight the spiritual battles, God wants to re-train our minds to be like Christ!

  • Romans 12:2 - "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind."
  • Ephesians 4:22-24 - "You were taught, with regards to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires, to be made new in the attitude of your minds, and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness."
  • Colossians 3:5-10 - "Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature, sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.  Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.  You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived.  But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these; anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator."
  • Psalm 51:10 - "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me."

2) The Lord can help us to have lofty thoughts and to embrace a spiritual perspective!

  • 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."
  • Colossians 3:2 - "Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things."
  • Philippians 4:8 - "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is admirable - anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things."

3) To overcome evil, we must operate with faith and not with fear!

  • 2 Timothy 1:7 - "For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline."
  • Psalm 27:1 - "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?"
  • Psalm 34:4,7 - "I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears… The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them."

4) The end result is that the Lord will bring about a peace in our lives that transcends understanding!

  • Romans 8:6 - "The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace."
  • Isaiah 26:3 - "You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you."

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