Mind Changing Results

Introduction

In today’s segment of My Thoughts, I will be discussing the word “repentance.” In the New Testament, the Greek word for repentance is metanoia, which means “a change of mind.” Meta means “change” and noia refers to your mind.

2 Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”

The Religious View on Repentance

There are religious people who have the idea that repentance means groveling in dirt and condemning themselves until they feel they have sufficiently earned God’s forgiveness. I have two questions:

  • How condemned and sorrowful do they need to be before they have genuinely repented?
  • And after they have repented, should they fail again in the same area, does it mean that they did not really repent completely the first time?

I do not doubt the sincerity of people who believe in repentance in this way. However, you can be sincere in your intent but still be sincerely wrong when repentance is not based on the right belief that leads to inward heart transformation. It is possible to beat your breast sorrowfully, put on sackcloth and ashes, cry your eyeballs out, and remain unchanged. Sorrow doesn’t equal transformation.

The Biblical Truth of Repentance

It is the right belief that brings about true repentance and hence genuine transformation. It is impossible to truly repent the Bible way—to experience Jesus, His love, His grace, and His power and to allow Him to change your mind and your belief system—and still remain the same and repeat the thing you repented for.

Can you see how man-centered teachings on remorse and repentance can sound so good, but in reality trap people in a permanent cycle of defeat and hypocrisy? The truth is, if you are a new creation in Christ, you already hate the sin and the wrongdoing. It irritates your soul, and you are looking for a way out of your bondage.

The repentance you need—the change of mind you need—is to know that God has already forgiven you. Stop condemning yourself and walk in His righteous identity to new levels of victory over sin. Then you will change your behavior.

Conclusion

Now that you understand what Bible repentance is, let’s apply it to winning the battle for your mind. When wrong thoughts come into your head, the repentance or change of mind that you need is to know that those thoughts don’t belong to you. Repentance in this situation is not about beating yourself up over those thoughts. I used to do that and it only left me more oppressed and defeated.

No, give them no room to flourish by ignoring them while you continue to be established and secure in your identity in Christ. Fill your mind with His thoughts, His living Word, His peace, His joy, and His love.

I am Dale Van De Bogart and I approve of this message!

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