Changing Your Mind!
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|Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what the
nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds
set on what the Spirit desires ….” Romans 8:5-6I want you to know that there is a battle going on inside you. A battle between your old, sinful nature and your new nature and that new life comes from Christ. If you are going to be
victorious in this battle, you are going to need to change the way that you think.
Why? The way you think determines the way you feel, and the way you feel determines the way you act. Ephesians 4:22 tells us that “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your mind; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
Many times you find thoughts of temptation coming to your mind. We need to understand what is happening. Some thoughts Satan gives you – they are temptation. Other thoughts come from God – they are inspiration. Which will you choose? Romans 8:6 says, “The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace”.
I believe that most people would choose life and peace over death. But the truth is you were born with a tendency toward sin, which can lead to negative, self-destructive thoughts. So what do you do?
The Holy Spirit understands this and wants to free me from uncontrolled thoughts. Let’s take a minute and look at the principle of replacement. This principle means that whatever you want to change in your life, don’t resist it; replace it.
For instance if you are watching television and a program comes on that you know has bad content, change the channel to something better. If you want to quit smoking but you keep thinking about cigarettes, focus on something else. The Bible says you have to replace the old mindset with the new mindset.
Replace the old thoughts by asking the Holy Spirit to give you new ideas to think about that will replace the old, bad thoughts. That may occur through reading the Bible, or spending time in prayer. The Holy Spirit will answer your request. And when you start thinking about something positive instead of something negative, the old thought process will lose its appeal and won’t have as much allure as before.
Right now invite the Holy Spirit to have free access to your mind and thoughts, to help replace those uncontrollable thoughts. Pray: “Dear Holy Spirit, I give you permission to give me thoughts any time you want. I’m wide open and I will accept them. I have an open mind to you.”
I am looking forward to seeing you this weekend.