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by Mariali @ DaySpring January 13, 2016
It’s that time of the year when many of us evaluate the past, write out our future goals, and set our minds to do things differently. And despite great intentions, without a battle plan for change, we may not achieve different results.
Take a look at Romans 12:2 - “Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect” (Romans 12:2 NLT).
God’s will for our lives begins by changing the way we think. We ask ourselves, “How do my thoughts line up with God’s Word? Are my thoughts full of faith or full of doubt? Do I have negative or bitter thoughts in my mind? Am I criticizing or judging rather than hoping and extending grace?”
A new year is the perfect time to hit the reset button on old habits that might need to change. And Romans 12:2 highlights three “steps” to renewing our minds:
Perhaps you need to ask God if there are TV shows you need to remove from your life or books you shouldn’t read or if the newspaper is filling your mind with fear instead of hope. As He reveals that to you, be willing to make those adjustments that will bring freedom to your mind.
Ask God to give you His grace and power to renew your mind and transform your thoughts into His thoughts. Spend time meditating on God’s Word and praying Scripture over yourself. When you come across a promise in Scripture that addresses a believers thinking or behavior, stop for a moment. Thank God for that truth and ask Him for the grace to walk it out.
As we take inventory of our thoughts and allow the Holy Spirit to transform us, we will begin to see our thinking change. You will become more aware of thoughts that try to sneak in that are not of God. When that happens, stop them in their tracks and ask God to renew your mind.
By focusing our thoughts on Scripture, we are able to renew our minds and allow God to work through us so that we can fulfill His purpose for our lives. Take time this year to align yourself with God's Word and you will be changed in ways you may have never imagined.
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