One of the key truths of God’s Word that has radically changed my life is the process called the renewing of the mind. I say process because that is just what it is. When a person believes and receives Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord they are instantly born again in their spirit. They become a new creation. However, all too often we don’t see the radical change we expect to see. I often wondered why, until I realized that they are just like a new computer loaded with old programming and old software, producing the same old results. What needs to take place in all of us as Jesus followers is the transformation, (in the Greek “metamorphoo”), or renewing of our mind. This happens as the Word of God confronts our wrong ways of thinking, reacting, and responding, and we respond by rejecting the “old software” and replacing it with Truth. This is the key to transformation of the soul, (mind, will and emotions). This same word, “metamorphoo”, is used in 2 Corinthians 3:18, where it says we are “transformed” from glory to glory. This renewing, transformation, “metamorphoo”, is the process we see throughout the Word of God called the restoring of the soul. You will see, especially as you read the Psalms, that the key tool in restoring the soul is the Word of God. It is impossible for the mind to be renewed, the soul to be restored, without the Word of Truth to replace our “old programming”.
Just as a butterfly undergoes metamorphosis, so do we. We cooperate with the work of the Holy Spirit in this supernatural transformation by giving Him the tool, (the Word of God), He needs to do this supernatural work. Too often we want to soar like the butterfly without undergoing the metamorphosis, the renewing of our mind.