"Be A Rebel to the Norm" in New Wine

“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).

Society is changing, and the media plays a powerful role in shaping the human mind. With a number of ideas contrary to God’s Word, many believers are starting to lose focus and blend in with societal norms and values.

However, if God lives in us we are to inherit a mind that absorbs his doctrine. Yet, how do we as believers not get caught up in the mess? The Bible makes it clear that “We are in the world but we are not of the world” (John 17:14–15). This means our existence is in this world, but our values, our thoughts and our spirit live in God.

As a leader, the mind is a key component when walking with God. In order to avoid interruptions or corruptions we are to renew our minds daily. This is a process that requires continuous commitment. With lifestyles being so busy, many of us need notifications and reminders and it even feels as though there aren’t enough hours in the day. But have we become too lazy, too apathetic? Are we forgetting some fundamental acts in our daily walk with God? Are we simply too distracted? We are reminded in Romans 12:2, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will”. We are to put our focus on Christ and limit distractions. He is enough for us. His grace is sufficient and his power is made perfect in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).

I once heard a preacher say he doesn’t go to the beach because his eyes and his mind are connected. His struggle was seeing a woman in a bikini, so he decided to give up on his beach attendance. As strange as this may seem, I appreciated his honesty. As followers of Christ we need to be honest with ourselves. Our eyes are the windows to our thoughts. We are to protect our eyes from content that can feed damaging ideas.

Yet, living in a TV binge-watching culture, guarding our eyes is becoming more of a challenge. The days of waiting a week for another episode are gone. With the countdown on Netflix rolling us into the next instalment, we can begin to crave the need for more. So are we becoming greedy? Does our day begin with ourselves? Or perhaps with us checking our e-mails and Instagram feeds? Are we slaves to the technology that was designed to help us? Our God wants us to seek him first. He know us, he knows our weaknesses and he knows our habits. He wants to be our first, not by force but just through love, and when we seek him all things will be added to us (Matthew 6:33). I’m not saying you must read your Bible first thing in the morning and pray, but as leaders it’s important we feel connected with God, and reading his Word and praying is one of the ways we can do that.

Human relationships often break down due to lack of communication. Married couples, friends, and family members can all be in the same room and not speak to each other. Over time this can cause a damaging breakdown. Keep your communication frequent with God. Be a rebel to society — change your norms and never fit in, because God is bigger than just simply fitting in. If he’s big, so are you. It’s time to use the authority Christ gave you to do greater things. Be a rebel to the norm for Jesus. HE IS LORD.

If you fancy praying with me please join in :

Heavenly Father,

Your love is awesome.

You are always there and we are so thankful.

Help us to focus our minds and hearts on the things of you. As the world around us changes let our love remain the same for you. Let the fire in our hearts burn brightly for you, and let our minds be sound and renewed. Give us a fresh focus and breathe upon the areas in our lives where we’re weary. Let us rise up and stand for your truth, and if we fall, give us the strength to stand as we continue to walk on this journey with you.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Colleen Cameron

Colleen is a business consultant who lives in London. She is married and enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She sings in the worship team at her church and in her spare time she is passionate about writing books and short films and loves performing arts. Colleen is keen to inspire and to teach and preach the gospel of Jesus, and is open to having more opportunities to do so.


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