Renewal

<<remaking, restoration>>

It is being made new, fresh or strong again; a rekindling or returning to what was, for something that has degenerated over time. Renewal is more about an individual seeking God, with their passion for Him being rekindled and their ‘first love’ re-established, having been activated by revival which is a bringing back to life and is considered a heightened sense of the presence of God, having both individual and corporate effects, which significantly influence and transform the society of that place or region.

Spiritual renewal does not originate with man but with God. It is by His grace. Often He gives a glimpse of how things can be so much different and better and calls us to work with Him to put in place steps towards reaching this place. It is founded upon recalling God’s faithfulness and promises whilst repenting of our shortcomings.  Let nothing turn you aside from your responsibility to seek Him and deal with any matters that the Holy Spirit convicts you of. God always desires the best for us. The Bible's wise counsel is repent and return to God so times of refreshing will come (Act 3:19,20). We must understand spiritual renewal is to be a continual process in the life of the believer as we seek to live lives that reflect Christ by focusing our thoughts on Christ and good things with the promise of Scripture, “those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength" (Isa 40:31; 2 Cor 4:16; Phil 1:6, 4:8; Col 3:1,2,10). 

Renewal involves a fresh awareness of and sensitivity to the activity of the Holy Spirit in our lives with accompanying increased praise and worship to God. It is not by human effort that we can bring about anything of lasting value, for it is the Spirit and Scripture that gives renewed life (Ps 119:93; Zech 4:6; Jn 6:63). While in our own ability and

What am I doing to re-orientate                                         my mindset?

strength we will only grow weary, those who hope in the Lord will have their inner strength renewed (Isa 40:29-31; 2 Cor 4:16).

Our heart attitude is important, so be God-conscious and enthusiastic in the work of His Kingdom.  Be more interested in His glory and purposes than in your own selfish dreams. Our prayer should be, “Create in me pure heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me” (Ps 51:10). Don’t be satisfied with your level of relationship with God, always strive for a greater intimacy and He will grant your request for a renewed heart and spirit that is directed towards Him (Jer 24:7; Ezek 11:19, 36:26; Tit 3:5).

From renewal will flow a transformation, as our minds are impacted by Him (Rom 12:2). The Word of God and its principles should have a high priority in our lives, affecting all the decisions we make, as we commit ourselves daily into His hands and are thankful (Deut 6:6-9; Ps 37:5; Prov 4:21, 6:21; Phil 4:8; 1 Thes 5:16). It is our responsibility “to put off the

Be transformed by the renewing                of your mind – Romans 12:2

old” thought patterns and lifestyle replacing them with the new self so we are “made new in the attitude of our minds” (Eph 4:22-24; Col 3:10). This calls for rigorous discipline.

As with the spiritual life so with our daily lives – we regularly need physical rest and recreation to refresh us, to prevent burnout and to be effective Christians.

See also: devotion, presence of God, refresh, revive/revival, thinking/thoughts, transform/transformation, waiting on God.

 


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