We live in a world that is morally warped and spiritually perverted. That's why we need the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. That's why we need to constantly yield to the Holy Spirit throughout the day.
1 John 5:19 (GNT) says: "We know that we belong to God even though the whole world is under the rule of the Evil One." Being born again is only the beginning of our salvation. God's purpose is to conform us to the image of His Son (Romans 8:29) and to transform us by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2). It is possible to have a "born again" heart, but a "humanistic" mind. It is a sad fact that most Christians think humanistically for we live in an unbelieving society and are indoctrinated by a godless and humanistic education system. The only way we can get our minds to catch up with our hearts is to be renewed by the Word of God and the Spirit of God.
Do you think like God thinks? Or like society around you? Often we don't even know that we think like society because we are not filled with God's Word which exposes the deceptions. God’s Word is the lie detector.
What about our children? Are they educated by our public education system? If so, they will be daily and subtly programmed to think oppositely to God's Word. It amazes me that Christian parents are quite happy for their children's minds to be daily "renewed" in humanistic ideologies. Shouldn't it be our consuming passion for our children to be "renewed" in the ways of God so they will be confirmed to the image of Jesus? They will be "renewed" one way or the other.
What is our goal? To train children to be humanists? Or train children who will live according to Romans 12:2: “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."
Psalm 1:1: “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.”
We are either changing society or succumbing to the deception.
Blessings from Nancy Campbell