In the ‘60s, New York was faced with a major rat infestation of their city. After doing a study, the researchers came to this conclusion:
We do not have a rat problem, we have a trash problem.
It may be the same for us. It’s very possible that whatever is infesting our minds may be from the trash of our thoughts.
Some people call it “stinkin thinkin.”
And it’s true; as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. We will master our thoughts, or our thoughts will master us.
“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 12:2, NKJV)
The word transformed is a powerful word. It has two Greek meanings. The word literally means to change form. This means that God’s word has the power to change our lives.
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12, NKJV)
God’s word is inherent
God’s word has inherent power. Inherent is defined as: “existing in something as a permanent, essential, or characteristic attribute.” This means that His word is permanent.
The words that come forth from God’s mouth are essential, or He would never speak them. Within the word that God speaks is the ability and force to change any person, place or thing.
This is how we are able to experience true change: By His word and by His Spirit. One way to experience new changes in Christ is through changing the way we think.
We call this renewing the mind.
The word “renewed” means “renovated.” Our minds begin the renovation process once we find Christ. Renovation is life-changing, but never easy. Challenging our old ways and learning new ways creates a conflict in the soul.
A common mistake is to think we know what’s best. But God has a better way. Another mistake is to hold on to things that make us comfortable.
Psychologists say that the hardest things to get out of your mind are what you willingly let in.
If we allow God to lead us, He will lead us to surrender the things (even the good things) we do not need. This step of surrender is key to separating us from the things we do not need.
The power of separation
Separation is a necessary step once we find Christ. So, being willing to separate from old things (life before Christ) is necessary.
This may mean separating from friends that have the power of influence over us. Or maybe a relationship that’s less than God’s best for us.
Following God requires separating ourselves from old things in order that new things can enter. The best strategy for moving forward is to learn about your new life. The best method for changing our thoughts is by exchanging old thoughts for new ones. This means exchanging our ways for God’s ways.
Bad habits, poor attitudes, and negative behaviors must be surrendered to Christ.
This demands to learn a new way to live.
“But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:20–24, NKJV).
Christians call this a faith encounter. Once we encounter Christ, our hearts and our desires change. This is transformational.
The power of transformation
Transformation (change) begins when an unbeliever becomes a believer. The Bible calls this regeneration. This is the moment we become born again, and God deposits His Holy Spirit in our spirit.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NKJV).
Upon receiving Christ, we receive a new way to live. All things become new. This newness brings a fresh understanding. This new way includes a new heart. A fresh approach with God by your side and the Holy Spirit becoming your friend, teacher, and guide.
It’s not hard to walk with God; it’s impossible. But all things are possible with God and through Him.
In “How a Black Cow Eats Green Grass and Produces White Milk,” I wrote: “God does not renew our minds. We do.
The devil does not control our minds. We do.
God does not control our minds. We do.
We will either master our thoughts or our thoughts will master us.”
Lao Tzu said:
“Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.”
Remember, the hardest things to remove from your mind are the things you put in it on purpose.
These scriptures will give you more to think about:
“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you because he trusts in You.” (Isaiah 26:3, NKJV)
“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.” (Romans 8:5, NKJV)
“… and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7, NKJV)
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