Renew A Right Spirit Within Me

Renew My Spirit

My prayer is, “Renew a right spirit within me, O Lord.” I desire for You to “rebuild, repair, restore, revive, renovate, or regenerate” as Webster states the meaning of renew.

In Your Word, we hear David cry out for You to renew a steadfast spirit within him; we hear Paul encourage us to renew our minds in Your Word; and we hear Paul talk about our external man perishing while our inner man is transformed by Christ Himself each day.

Renew Steadfast Spirit
Renew a Steadfast Spirit in Me

Renew a Steadfast Spirit

David writes, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right and steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.” ~Psalm 51:10-11 AMP

“David asked that God renew a steadfast [right-thinking] spirit within him. And David requested God not take away His special empowerment through the Spirit to function wisely in the role of king.” [Moody 804]

“The phrase ‘willing spirit’ refers to David’s own spirit. A ‘willing spirit’ is one that is not in bondage but is free and yielded to the Spirit of God, who ministers to and through our own spirit (Romans 8:14-17). It isn’t enough simply to confess sin and experience God’s cleansing; we must also let Him renew us within so that we will conquer sin and not succumb to temptation.” [Wiersbe OT 935]

MacDonald writes David’s reflection, “Looking back, I realize that the trouble all started in my mind. My thought-life was polluted. I entertained evil thoughts until at last I committed the sins. So now I ask that You create in me a clean mind. I know that if the fountain is clean, the stream flowing from it will be clean as well. Yes, Lord, renew my entire inner self so it will be steadfast in guarding against future outbreaks of sin.” [MD 573]

Renew Our Minds in God's Word
Renew Our Minds in God’s Word

Renew Our Mind

Paul entreats, “Therefore I urge you, [brothers and sisters in Christ], by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2 NASB

Do not be conformed to this world. The world systems and protocols rooted in power, fame, and human fleshly desires. Paul writes that the world’s systems are not what God has designed for the church.”

Transformed by the renewing of your mind. Truly to grasp what Paul has written about God (for of Him and through Him and to Him are all things) and what he has challenged the believers to do (present your bodies a living sacrifice) requires a change in perspective, attitude, and thinking.”

“It requires transformation – a re-creating of the old to produce total newness. Before we can truly be a living sacrifice we must see things as God sees them. We must be able to feel His heartbeat for the world, hear His voice clearly, and understand what He requires and desires for us. This new way of thinking is made possible only through the power of the Holy Spirit. We must yield ourselves continually to the Holy Spirit, inviting Him to create us anew into the likeness of Christ Jesus.” [Blackaby]

“Rather than be shaped to look like the world, the Christian’s mind is to be renewed in order to appreciate the importance and benefits of God’s will as revealed in His Word.” [Moody 1765]

Additional Insights on Romans 12

We give Him our mind. The world wants to control our minds, but God wants to transform our minds. This word transform is the same as transfigure in Matthew 17:2. In our English language it is metamorphosis. It describes a change from within.”

“The world wants to change our mind, so it exerts pressure from without. But the Holy Spirit changes our mind by releasing power from within. If the world control our thinking, we are conformers; if God controls our thinking, we are transformers.”

“God transforms our minds and makes us spiritually minded by using His Word. As we spend time medicating on God’s Word, memorizing it, and making it a part of our inner man, God will gradually make our minds more spiritual.” [Wiersbe NT 441-2]

We are to “be transformed by the renewing of our mind, which means that we [need to] think the way God thinks, as revealed in the Bible. Then we can experience the direct guidance of God in our lives. And we will find that, instead of being distasteful and hard, His will is good and acceptable and perfect.”

“Here, then, are three keys for knowing God’s will. The first is a yielded body, the second a separated life, and the third a transformed mind.” [MD 1728]

Transformed. Just as Christ, briefly and in a limited way, displayed outwardly His inner, divine nature and glory at the Transfiguration, Christians [need to] outwardly manifest their inner, redeemed natures, not once, but daily (2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 5:18).”

Renewing of your mind. That kind of transformation can occur only as the Holy Spirit changes our thinking through consistent study and meditation on Scripture. The renewed mind is one saturated with and controlled by the Word of God.” [MA 1545]

Renew in Christ Himself
Renew in Christ Himself

Renew in Christ Himself

Paul reflects on persecution and suffering, “We are pressed on every side, yet not crushed; perplexed, yet not to despair; pursued, yet not forsaken; struck down, yet not destroyed; always carrying in the body the putting to death of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-10 WEB

“Therefore we do not become discouraged (utterly spiritless, exhausted, and wearied out through fear). Though our outer man is [progressively] decaying and wasting away, yet our inner self is being [progressively] renewed day after day. 2 Corinthians 4:16 AMPC

“For our light affliction, which is for the moment, works for us more and more exceedingly an eternal weight of glory, while we don’t look at the things which are seen but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 WEB

Renew Insights on 2 Corinthians 4

“Paul stated he experienced that even though his outer man (that aspect of his current humanity that others say) was being destroyed by suffering, his inner man (that aspect of his humanity that was planted at conversion and unseen by others) was constantly growing through the nourishment of the Holy Spirit.” [Moody 1814]

“We faint not was Paul’s confident testimony. What does it matter if the ‘outward person’ is perishing, so long as the ‘inward person’ is experiencing daily spiritual renewal? Paul was not suggesting that the body is not important, or that we should ignore its warnings and needs.”

Instead, he was encouraging us to “live a day at a time. God provides for us ‘day aby day’ as we pray to Him. He gives us the strength that we need according to our daily requirements. When we learn to live a day at a time, confident of God’s care, it takes a great deal of pressure off of our lives. Yard by yard, life is hard! Inch by inch, life’s a cinch!” [Wiersbe NT 514]

“Paul had been explaining his willingness to undergo all kinds of suffering and danger because he had before him the certain hope of resurrection. Therefore he did not lose heart. Although on the one hand, the process of physical decay was going on constantly, yet on the other hand there was a spiritual renewal which enabled him to go on in spite of every adverse circumstance.” [MD 1855]

Inward man. The soul of every believer i.e., the new creation – the eternal part of the believer. Being renewed. The growth and maturing process of the believer is constantly occurring. While the physical body is decaying, the inner self of the believer continues to grow and mature into Christlikeness.” [MA 1627]

Renew in Prayer
Renew in Prayer

Renew Prayer

Lord, we cry out in agreement with David for You to renew a steadfast spirit within us. And we stand in agreement with Paul about renewing our minds in Your Word. We choose not to focus on our external man that is passing away, but instead, we determine for our inner man to be transformed by Christ Himself by spending time with You each day- in Your sweet Presence, in Your wonderful Word, in prayer, in praise and worship.

Recommendations:

The Great I AM – 8 Truths of JESUS The Great I AM – 8 Truths of Jesus – Strength with Dignity

Cultivating Hope in Our Hearts with 15 Psalms Cultivating Hope in Our Hearts with 15 Psalms – Strength with Dignity

References:

Amplified Bible (AMP) Copyright 2015 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA 90631.

Amplified Bible, Classis Edition (AMPC) Copyright 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.

Blackaby, Henry, Richard, Thomas, Melvin and Norman. Encounters with God – The Book of Romans. Thomas Nelson, 2007. [Kindle Edition]

MacArthur, John. The MacArthur Bible Commentary. [MA] Thomas Nelson, 2005, pages 1545 and 1627.

MacDonald, William. The Believer’s Bible Commentary. [MD] Thomas Nelson, 2016, pages 573, 1728, and 1855.

New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB 1995), copyright 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.

The Moody Bible Commentary. General Editors: Michael Rydelnik and Michael Van Laningham. Moody Publishers, 2014, pages 804, 1765, and 1814.

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary. Published in 1828 by G. & C. Merriam Company. Copyright by Rosalie J. Slater of the Foundation for American Christian Education 1967 and 1995. Eighteenth printing, 2006.

Wiersbe, Warren B. The Wiersbe Bible Commentary: The Complete New Testament. [WBC NT] Published by David C. Cook, 2007, pages 441-442, and 514.

Wiersbe, Warren B. The Wiersbe Bible Commentary: The Complete Old Testament. [WBC OT] Published by David C. Cook, 2007, page 935.

World English Bible (WEB) by Public Domain. The name “World English Bible” is trademarked.

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30 thoughts on “Renew A Right Spirit Within Me”

  1. It’s so important to remember that Christianity isn’t just about forgiveness, wonderful as that is–but it’s about change, transformation, becoming more like Christ. I love what 2 Corinthians 3:18 says, that we’re transformed as we behold His glory.

        1. May the Lord strengthen and encourage you, Barb. And may He comfort you and your family after your recent losses.

  2. Very encouraging and what an awesome and cheerful photo! Thanks so much for sharing at the Exploring World Religions Linkup 19 so that we can better understand each other through our religion, faith, or beliefs. Pinned.

  3. Romans 12 is so rich. I’m working on memorizing a portion of it this spring. It’s a gift to run across its wisdom in a variety of places.

  4. Phillip Blair

    Such a great post on ways to keep our hearts and minds on Jesus. I will use this article in my Pastor On Call Ministry Team to encourage others in their journey. Thank you for your labor of love to the Body of Christ. Blessings!

  5. Such a good post, Lisa. I believe as Christians we are constantly being renewed and must be on guard about what we let linger in our minds. I like to emphasize taking our thoughts captive because as MacDonald clearly brought out, “I entertained evil thoughts until at last I committed the sins.” I love his choice of the word “entertain”. Too often we let whatever thoughts want to come into our minds and “entertain” them making them feel right at home. Oh that we would submit to the renewing of our minds on a more regular basis!

    1. I’m glad you were encouraged, Donna! Taking our thoughts captive and renewing our minds in His Word are so crucial to our walk with Him.

  6. Yes I agree. We always should be willing to renew our minds. Sometimes it’s easy to fall trap with whatever is going on in our minds but learn to be more like God is essential. I love that you include things to further read to help with this process. ~Maureen

  7. Hi Lisa, love this post. It is so important to renew our minds constantly in God’s word, and I love David’s call for God to renew a right spirit within him. I know my attitude and my thought-life does need this right now. But it is a process and a step in obedience daily to do just that.
    God bless, visiting from Tell His story linkup. However, I now follow your blog in general as well 🙂
    Tracy

    1. I’m so glad you were encouraged, Tracy! You’re right, renewal is a daily step of obedience that results in freedom. Thank you and welcome aboard for the journey!

  8. I’m so grateful for this detailed call to renewal. I can’t think of one person right now who couldn’t take hold of a great portion of what God is offering us.

    1. Yes, Linda, we all need Him and His kind offerings of love, hope and renewed strength. God bless you!

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