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Transformed: Renewing Our Minds for God

Cory Cole

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“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

ROMANS 12:2

This has been a scripture I’ve been thinking a lot about these past couple of weeks as it is the theme scripture of my campus ministry this semester. We’ve been focusing on what it means to be transformed (literally, and in our spiritual lives), our motivation to be transformed, and how we can remain in continual transformation. And it’s been really incredible and faith building to focus on these things.

I know for me it is so easy to stay comfortable in my spiritual life, to just fall into the routine of things. But I’ve been finding recently how important it is for me to be continually learning, building my faith and trust in God, and approving God’s will in my life. I need to be thinking about my relationship with God, and pushing to improve and grow closer to him!

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We’ve been talking a lot about how we allow our minds to be renewed and transformed, and this week we specifically talked about how God’s Word transforms us. It is living and constant. It is cutting and revealing to our hearts. And it strengthens us!

Being in the Bible and living it out is so important in being transformed. So I challenge you, Swamp Blog readers, what scripture has transformed your spiritual life, and continues to transform you? It’s crazy how reading even just one scripture reveals something to you at one point in life, and how it continues to do that months or even years later.

For me, Proverbs 3:5-6 has always grounded me in my faith and turned my heart to God:

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight."

I’ve read this scripture over a number of years now, and it seems every time I read it, I am reminded of how powerful God is. I’m reminded how his understanding of things is so much greater and deeper than my own. Life is full of joys, sorrows, struggles, failures and victories. And all these experiences shape and affect our lives, they stir our emotions and change our understandings. But in all of that, this scripture continues to teach me about submitting to God and the guidance and protection he provides in every situation. This scripture gives me patience and peace in making decisions and dealing with uncertainty or stress. It renews my mind.

It is important for us to think of these scriptures that transform us, because they stimulate that renewing of our minds by keeping our hearts and minds on things above and on God’s Word. So I encourage you all to find these scriptures, and share them with people! God gave us relationships for a couple of reasons, and one is so that we can connect and help one another be transformed in our spiritual lives. I'd love for those of you reading to share a scripture or two that has continually renewed your mind in your spiritual walk. Comment below, I can't wait to read your thoughts!

In other news in The Swamp community, be looking forward to some of our Fall Retreats coming up! I know last weekend, the Daddy Daughter Retreat was a very special time for these dads and their daughters!
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Thanks for reading! Until next week,

CORY

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