Renewal

Women today lead full lives. Wife, daughter, employee, sister, homemaker, friend, and church member – these titles only begin to describe our relationships, much less the duties associated with them. Some of us work outside the home, some work from the home, many home school, and each of us has multiple daily responsibilities which keep us very, very busy. It is essential in the midst of such busyness that we pay attention to the spiritual exercise of renewing our minds each day.

The dictionary definition of renewal is: “to make like new: restore to freshness, vigor, or perfection. Renew implies a restoration of what had become faded or disintegrated so that it seems like new.” (m-w.com) We are commanded in Scripture to renew our minds: Ephesians 4:23 “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind” and to do it daily: 2 Corinthians 4:16 …”but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.”

In I John 3: 15 – 17 we are reminded that the enemies of our souls are the world, our own flesh, and the devil. Influences enter into our souls which weaken our fellowship with God, dampen our fervor, and cause us to sin. Maintaining a daily practice of renewal can help us stand against these influences as well as strengthen us in our Christian walk. We can restore the freshness of faith by paying attention to those things which enhance and build our relationship with God.

Renewal is accomplished through the regular practice of Bible reading, private prayer, and fellowship with God’s people. Accessing these means of grace helps keep us in touch with what God expects for His children. Other practices such as singing godly hymns, or reading Christ-centered literature, or memorizing Scripture can help encourage and strengthen us as believers.

Not only do we need to pay attention to the maintenance of daily renewal, we need the renewal that comes after confessing and forsaking sin. David prayed for this renewal after confessing his sin with Bathsheba. Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” John reminds us in I John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Renewal is necessary to restore us to proper fellowship with God after we have sinned.

As we are occupied with our busy schedules, let us review and remember our need for personal spiritual renewal from day to day, so that we may walk as children of light in a darkened world.

 

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