And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:2)


Christians are not to be conformed to this world. My paraphrased definition of the word conformed is to fashion and configure ourselves like this world, to adopt the customs of this world, and to be squeezed into the world’s mold. From the moment we are conceived, the world and the spiritual enemies of God are bombarding us with thoughts that run contrary to the Word of God. They are in the business of keeping us from Jesus Christ so that they can control us.

If the world and the devil do not succeed in keeping us from Jesus Christ, and we get saved, the real battle begins! We are not to continue to be conformed to this world; we are to be conformed to the image of Jesus. How does that happen? We are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds with God’s Word. We have to change the way we think about everything.

The word renew could also be translated renovate. When we renovate a house, we tear out and throw away all the old, unwanted walls and decorations and replace them with brand-new ones… That is the picture the Holy Spirit gives us when He tells us that we are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. He moves in and begins to renovate our soul with the Word of God. He tears down strongholds of deception and lies and replaces them with the truth. 


Dear God, I thank You that I am saved and no longer conformed to this world. I am faithful to study Your Word and it renews my mind. I purpose to meditate on your Word until it renovates my thoughts and I am transformed. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

This devotional is excerpted from Dr. Bill Winston’s powerful book, Transform Your Thinking, Transform Your Life. To order this uplifting book, click here.