DAY #15: I’m not the Victim, I’m with the Victor – by Min. Corey J. Jones, M. Div. | June 21-Day Firm Foundation Devotional: “Renewing the Mind”

Saturday, June 15, 2024 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

June 21-Day Firm Foundation Devotional: “Renewing the Mind”
DAY #15:  I’m not the Victim, I’m with the Victor. 

Today’s Lesson by Min. Corey J. Jones

As believers, we can look back over our lives and see how God has used events to prepare us to walk with Him. Many times, trials show how God was protecting us even before we gave Him a “yes” to His will and His way. In the renewal of our minds, difficulty arises when we have a victim mentality. The core belief of someone with a victim mentality is that they think bad things have happened in the past and will continue to happen. Before I go any further, I want to pose a few questions.

How do we move past all the difficulties that have occurred in our lives? How can we love despite all of our negative experiences that have latched onto our memory? How do we ignore the scars that serve as visual reminders of life’s obstacles? Well, the answer is you don’t; you use them!

The body does keep score, and trauma can be etched into our recollection, causing us to have negative notions regarding others, ourselves, and our lives. Simply put, it’s difficult to forget about life’s trials, challenges, and shortcomings. Many of our difficult seasons and events have served a significant purpose in our spiritual development. That purpose ultimately was to push us toward God and spiritual renewal. Once spiritual renewal occurs, the renewing of the mind is a necessary and extremely beneficial process because it changes our perspective. 

Renewing the mind is a discipline that allows you to lift while you climb. What do I mean? If we are not renewing our minds, then what we have experienced would hinder us from growing and helping others. Jesus tells us in John 16:33, “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Such experiences should be used as multipurpose tools. Life experiences can be a ladder to help you get closer to God and His purposes for your life. It can be a pickaxe to crack the callousness of hearts with the power of your testimony, a chisel brush that removes debris, revealing truth in God’s word, and a bridge that you travel with the light of the Word of God that leads others to spiritual renewal.


1. What are your go-to scriptures for combating temptation?

2. How often do you spend time with God Daily?

3. Do you have specific prayer times in your weekly routine?

4. Which spiritual discipline would you like to improve upon?

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