Renewed in the Spirit of the Mind


The Bible tells us to be renewed in the spirit of the mind. What exactly does this mean? First of all let’s look at what the mind actually is. The Greek word for mind is pneuma which means the disposition or influence which fills and governs the soul of any one, the efficient source of any power, affection, emotion, desire, etc, the rational spirit, the power by which the human being feels, thinks, decides, the vital principal by which the body is animated. 

Science tells us that the mind is situated in the brain. The brain has similarities to a computer, in that it uses chemicals to transmit information, just like the computer uses electricity. These electrical signals travel at very high speeds through the nervous system even faster than electricity travels through the wires in a computer. While a computer uses switches that are either on or off, the brain’s neurons are either on or off by either firing an action potential or not firing an action potential. A neuron in the brain is constantly getting information from other cells through synaptic contact but this information doesn’t always result in a action potential but what it does is alter the chance that an action potential will be produced by raising or lowering the threshold of the neuron.

A Computer’s memory grows by adding computer chips while memories in the brain grow by stronger synaptic connections. The brain as well as a computer is geared to do multi tasking and the brain is always changing and being modified like a computer receives new information. The brain stores memory like the computer saves information. Both the brain and computer can do logic tasks and while the computer interprets information from data input the brain has imagination and outside sensory perception. 

As you can see, the mind is quite capable of changing information and storing new data. Scriptures tell us that Christians need to put off the old man and put on the new man who is created in righteousness and true holiness. In other words the salvation experience automatically gives the Christians the position of righteousness and holiness by grace through faith but that old way of thinking, the old data must be erased, at least a good portion of it and replaced with new data. Now let’s look at the word “Renew.” This word is ananeoō in the Greek which means to be changed into a new kind of life as opposed to the former corrupt state. The dictionary explains it this way, to make new or as if new again; restore. 

“That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” Ephesians 4:22-24

I wondered why the scriptures in the KJV used the phrase, “to be renewed in the spirit of your mind”. So, I looked it up and this is what I found: The word can mean spirit or soul depending on its context and I think that soul is the right word for this scripture because we know that our spirit man is automatically made perfect at salvation but the soul or mind needs to be renewed every day. 

The Greek word is nous which means; the mind, comprising alike the faculties of perceiving and understanding and those of feeling, judging, determining, the intellectual faculty, the understanding. 

As you can see from this scripture, the mind is not to be conformed to the world’s way of thinking but renewed so that we may know God’s will, his way of doing things. This renewal process comes by putting in God’s data which is the scriptures. No, not man’s religious opinions or imaginary phenomena but THE BIBLE. 

I have found that now a day’s opinions run rampant as “gospel truth” in the church today, but if you examine much of it you will find it is fluff, non scriptural mambo jumbo. How do I know that and how can I judge this? Well, from the time I was a babe in Christ I have both read and studied the Bible and after over 30 years of having my mind conformed to scriptures, I have had my spiritual mind exercised to know truth from error. It also helps to know history which is my academic and that way one knows where these strange doctrines out there come from in origin. The Bible is our source of truth.

Romans 12:2, Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. 

As pertaining to spiritual warfare, both the world and the devil are constantly trying to send data to your mind. DO NOT DOWN LOAD …..VIRUS……BAD FOR YOUR COMPUTER! 

How do we do this? Simply by asking the Holy Spirit to help cast down the wrong data and captivate your thoughts to that which is godly. Here are some good scriptures which tell us what to do in renewing the mind. 

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.  1 Peter 5:8-9

Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. Colossians 3:2 

Do not conform to the world’s ideologies or world view. (my paraphrase) 1 Peter 1:13-14

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

You must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. Ephesians 4:17-18

[God] saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit. Titus 3:5

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5Casting 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. 2 Corinthians 10:3-6

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 good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8

 In order to know God’s will for our life we must be renewed in the spirit of the mind. We must also be renewed in the spirit of the mind in order to discern what is from God and what is not from God, as well as to be sound in the faith and not tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine. The word of God must replace the old man’s way of thinking so that the new man who is created in righteousness and true holiness, can be a light in this dark world.


Author: Kim Balogh

I am a minister (servant) of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel of Grace ministries • Evangelism • Teaching • Children’s ministry • Apologetics • End times I have a BA in History and Anthropology/Sociology combo Paralegal Diploma (specialty Research, Writing, Critical thinking & argument & Instruction) Paralegal Instructor-taught paralegal for 1 year Diploma in Physical Education ( Fitness, nutrition, coaching, ) Faith based Social Work (almost completed degree) Certificate in Personal Ministry (Intercession, deliverance) 1 year (independant) bible college (concentration area, intercession, deliverance,) Ministry Experience : Evangelism ministry 20 years (preaching, intercession,deliverance, apologetics ) Ministering and serving low income families,single mothers, marginalized. Child Evangelism in different communities. Ministering Evangelism through music (vocals and guitar) Administration; started church support groups, started various different outreaches over the years, Internet ministry. My ministry gifts are Prophetic Evangelism and Teaching (apologetics and end times revelation in particular). My motivational gifts are Intercession, prophecy, administration. I am a bond servant of Jesus Christ and am called by him to preach the gospel of grace through faith in Jesus Christ apart from the deeds of the law. My Statement of Faith I believe that Jesus is God's son and is himself God, the third person of the Godhead, (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) I believe the bible says YOU MUST be born again by the Holy Spirit to enter into the kingdom of God. I believe Jesus died for the sins of all that have been called out of darkness into his glorious light. Heaven is for the redeemed and hell is for reprobates. The death of Jesus Christ is the substitutionary atonement. “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Jesus sent the holy Spirit to comfort, teach, build up, edify, consecrate, and seal God’s people until his return. Jesus will return to the earth to rule and reign for 1000 years on the earth. I believe we are in the end times and anti christ will soon be revealed. I also believe that we are living in the last days of the great apostasy and falling away from the truth of God's word but God has a remnant,( his elect, chosen before the foundation of the world,) that have not bowed the knee to Baal. These sheep will soon face great persecution that God will allow to take place before the return of Christ. This persecution which will be worldwide will be what separates the true Christian from the false apostate. Those who love not their lives to the end will be shown to be the true church of Jesus Christ but the compromisers of the integrity of God’s word, who choose the spirit of error, worldly doctrines of men, the works of the flesh and the works of the law will be shown to be apostates like Judas and will die in their sins. No one can come to Jesus unless the Father gives him the ability to do so. No one will seek after Jesus unless he is drawn by the Father according to scripture but all whom God calls by his Holy Spirit will come to Jesus and be saved from their sins and be given eternal life for he who has promised is faithful to perfom his promise. The Lord is calling his church to come out of Babylon : Come out of false new age teaching, Come out of legalistic adherance to OT laws to save you, Come out of false signs and wonders that have no scriptural basis, Come out of witchcraft and the doctrines of demons, Come out of humanism and the promotion of man by self help principles and RETURN TO THE PURE UNADULTERATED WORD OF GOD ! “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. Revelation 18:4 Isaiah 55:6-7 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. My ministry gifts are Evangelism and Teaching My motivational gifts are Intercession, prophecy, administration. If you would like to join some of my FACEBOOK pages and groups here are the links. Favorite Quotation Ephesians 2:8-9 (King James Version) "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."

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