Our minds can be renewed by the work of the Holy Spirit. It is first and foremost a work that can only be achieved by Him. We are dependent on Him to do a profound work within us from the inside out. It is He who nudges and prods us to seek Him more than anything else in this world.
“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18
Through the work of the Holy Spirit, we are able to behold the glory of the Lord. It is God’s glory that leads to our transformation! Our ignorant minds are renewed by beholding the glory of the Lord. We do so by reading God’s Word, meditating on Scripture, participating in Bible study, and redirecting our thoughts to God’s truth. In obedience, we pursue Christ-exalting truth and pray for the Holy Spirit to break through our hard heart and corrupted mind. It is a work that only He can do!
The Holy Spirit works from the outside in, exposing us to the truth of God’s Word. And then He works from the inside out, breaking down falsehoods and convicting us of our sin. By the transforming work of the Holy Spirit, our hearts are moved towards humility and the hardness erodes away.
If the Holy Spirit only presented the truth to our mind, we would become boastful and proud (like the Pharisees and Sadducees). We would know God only from an educational standpoint. On the contrary, if our hearts were humbled and we did not know the truth with our mind, we would become downtrodden. We would not know the reason for the Hope we live for.
“But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15 (emphasis added)
Pray for humility.
Be filled to the brim with more of Him.
“Know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:19
How is God renewing your mind and humbling your heart? What areas do you still need help in?