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Mind Transformation Needs Daily Regulation

8 tips to help you regulate your life in Christ

By Dr. Raleigh Washington

Do not be conformed to this world, but continually be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you may be able to determine what God’s will is—what is proper, pleasing, and perfect.
--Romans 12:2 ISV

1) Regulate your day with the word of God with Daily Quite Time. Spend time (both morning and evening) reading from the Old and New Testaments.

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
--Psalm 1:1-3

2) Regulate your body.

But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. --1 Corinthians 9:27

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. --1 Corinthians 6:19-20

3) Regulate your thoughts. Memorize Scripture.

We destroy arguments and every proud obstacle to the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ. --2 Corinthians 10:5

In your hearts reverence Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you. --1 Peter 3:15

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. --2 Timothy 2:15

4) Regulate your behavior. Ignore the flesh, listen to the Spirit.

You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. --Romans 8:9

By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.
--2 Timothy 1:14

5) Regulate your company.

Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” --1 Corinthians 15:33

Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? --2 Corinthians 6:14-15

You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. --James 4:4

6) Regulate your inner self.

If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. --Luke 9:23-24

Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak. --Matthew 26:41

7) Regulate your heart.

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. --Psalm 119:11

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. --Luke 12:34

8) Regulate your passion for Christ.

No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. --Matthew 6:24

Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, and serve the Lord. --Romans 12:11

Through faith you are being protected by God’s power for a salvation that is ready to be revealed at the end of time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you have to suffer various kinds of trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, which is more valuable than gold that perishes when it is tested by fire, may result in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. --1 Peter 1:3-8

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. –Romans 12:1-2

 Dr. Washington is the founder and Pastor Emeritus of Rock Of Our Salvation Evangelical Free Church in Chicago, Illinois, (An urban church reaching across racial barriers in the inner city of Chicago).

He co-authored Breaking Down Walls: A Model of Reconciliation in an Age of Racial Strife with Glen Kehrein, the 1994 Gold Medallion winner from the Christian Booksellers Association.

Dr. Washington attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army, earning the Bronze Star for meritorious service in Vietnam. He entered Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1980 (now known as Trinity International University), where he earned his Master of Divinity and received numerous awards. Raleigh was awarded Doctor of Peacemaking by Westminister College. He was the third receipient of the award; the first went to Mother Teresa and the second went to Bishop Desmond Tutu.

At Trinity, Raleigh developed the Master of Arts in Urban Ministries program, which he directed for six years. He holds honorary doctorates from Trinity International University, Westminster College, and Azusa Pacific University. Dr. Washington has been a featured speaker for Promise Keepers, Moody Founders Week and many other ministries.

He and his wife Paulette live in Denver and attend Church In The City, a thriving multi-cultural, inner city church.


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