And be renewed in the spirit of your mind” (Eph. 4:23 KJV).
We want to be changed into the image of Jesus. One vital component we must have in our life is that we must act on the Word. Hearing the Word preached, meditating and studying the Word is not enough. What you read and study you must do, in order to be changed into the image of Jesus.
Ephesians 4:17 says, “This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.”
We must put away that old lifestyle. Put away your old way of treating your spouse before you were saved. Put away your old way of dating. Put away your old way of handling money. Put away your old way of treating people. Put away the old way in which sinners act.
We must be renewed in the spirit of our minds. That word spirit means attitude. He said have a new attitude; and let the Word give you that new attitude. A new attitude comes when you get in the Word. The Word will cause you to have an attitude of walking in love with your neighbor. When someone comes against you, you will respond in love.
Walking in love will motivate you to only speak well of others. When you are talking to people you ought to build them up. They should never walk away from you with a bad attitude about themselves or about another person.
Additionally, when you hear the Word preached and take notes, study those notes throughout the week so that you can begin acting on the Word immediately. If you never look at the notes again, James 1:22-24 says you become a forgetful hearer, thereby deceiving yourself.
But when you renew your mind with the Word of God, and decide to be a doer of the Word, you will be free from any design Satan or the flesh has for you. If you continue in it, you will be blessed in all you do.
Scripture References: Numbers 14:24; Ephesians 4:22-32; James 1:22-25