And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.
Conformed – suschematizo
to fashion alike or put on the form, fashion , or appearance of another
Transformed – Metamorphoo
metamorphoses, change, transfigure, transform
Renewing – anakainosis
Prove – dokimazo
To test, literally or figuratively, allow, discern, examine, try
Good – agates
Good in ant sense, benefit, well
Acceptable – euarestos
Fully agreeable, well pleasing
Perfect – teleios
Complete, in various applications of labor, growth, mental and moral character, completeness, of full age
Will of God – thelema
A determination or choice, purpose, decree, inclination, desire
We as Christians should not conform to the patterns and habits of the world, but God wants us to renew our mind and stay in that pattern of renewal on a daily basis. The Bible uses the term “new creature” when referring to one who has asked Jesus into his heart, so it is God’s desire that we be totally renewed from the inside first. He knows once the inside has been renewed it will spill over into our daily actions without us even thinking about it.
It is possible to fool others for awhile by pretending to be someone you are not, but eventually the real person will show through regardless of your best efforts.
If you will let God renew your mind, then you can have lasting change through your actions and interactions with others. They will be able to see that even though you might be having severe problems in certain areas of your life, you now handle it in a completely different way than before.
This is something that only God can do, and others will be able to tell the huge difference He has made in your life.
In the end it will never be easier to just conform to the world and live by its principles, never having any of your own.
So how do you renew your mind? Read, believe, and LIVE (put into daily practice) the principles of the Word of God.
The mind is not renewed by the study of the Word alone. You must practice what it says and let it live in you so much that it becomes a part of you, just like your bones and muscles are woven into the fiber of your very being.
Then when something comes along that shakes you to your very core, your renewed mind will automatically do the right thing immediately instead of the flesh kicking in and trying to overwhelm you with fear, anxiety, hopelessness, or anger.
God truly does have your best interest at heart in every way.