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This is one of the best seasons of the year! A time to focus on the meaning and purpose of Christ’s birth. With the onset of the Advent season, many of you reached out to let us know you are embarking on Advent for the first time! This brings us great joy that you will discover Emmanuel in a personal way as you journey through this Advent season. If you follow Oasis of Hope Podcast, we shared some ways to participate in this Advent season. From a time of consecration to an increased time spent in God’s Word, prayer and worship, Advent gives us the avenue to renew our minds and allow our minds to dwell on the incredible gift of salvation through Jesus Christ- who is the source of life and all eternal gifts now and everlasting.
We catch the importance of renewing our minds as believers and followers of Christ, with the major highlights the scriptures provides. Here are twelve scriptural examples on how critical our mindset are. Take a look at the connection to renewal, minds, thoughts and more in these scriptures:
Romans 12:2 - 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.
Philippians 4:8 - Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
2 Corinthians 4:16 - For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
Psalms 119:11 - Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Ephesians 4:23 - And be renewed in the spirit of your mind.
1 Peter 1:13 - Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Colossians 3:2 - Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
John 8:32 - And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Colossians 3:16 - Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Philippians 2:5 - Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Isaiah 40:31 - But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
1 Corinthians 2:16 - For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.
The beauty of Advent is that God births something fresh and new in you. This is one of the major reasons we love the Advent season. It gives us the opportunity to prepare our hearts, spirits, souls and lives for the celebration of Christ's birth. As we look forward to the close of 2021, let the beauty of Advent be upon us as the Holy Spirit is poured afresh upon our lives for the glory of God! Brothers and sisters, stay blessed, stay encouraged, and stay close to the Vine.
For The Cause of Christ,
Drs. Johnson & Feyi Obamehinti