Musings, Romans

Mind, Memory and Meditation

Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (ESV)

We can not renew our minds without the Word.
We can not renew our minds without reflecting on the Word.

We will not change without the word and reflection on the Word.

But some would say “I find that my mind and memory don’t work as well as they used to. I can’t remember as easily and I can’t keep track of details as quickly as I once did.”

But just like any other muscle, we can exercise our brains, our minds and memories.

The more we tell a story, the easier it is to recall the details.
The more we sing a song, the easier it is to recall the words.
The more we quote a verse, the easier and more naturally we use it.

It may not be easy, but it will be productive.

And even if we can’t memorize every word, the more we rehearse a verse, the more we meditate on the message of a passage the more likely we are to live its truth.

There is no short cut. It takes time. It takes purposefulness. It takes quite or at least less noise.

So mediate on God’s Word–exercise your mind, develop your memory, be transformed.

Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

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