Today it is on my heart to share with you the five steps to renewing your mind, biblically. I find the Bible to be not only inspirational but extremely empowering as a woman. I love to read about all God wants us to do, for ourselves, our families and for Him. Many people think the Bible is sexist, man driven and inspired. That is not true. First of all, the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Meaning, He chose what was to be put in it. Yes, other men put the words to paper but He spoke them. Second, there are some amazing women in the Bible, Ruth, Esther, Mary, the list goes on. God has expectations of us. The question is, will you follow them or follow how society tells you to behave and live your life?
Step 1: Ask the Lord to guard and direct your mind. Our minds are the place of our intellect, reasoning and intentions. Behavior begins in our minds, as does transformation. They way we think will determine how each day of our lives turn out. We often don’t look to Jesus for protection, direction and oversight of our minds. This is something we need to start our day praying about. Jesus, help me focus on where You want my mind-set today. Amen.
Step 2: Recognize the source of self-focused and self-defeating thoughts. Our adversary is crafty, he is smart and he is always against us and the Lord. He creeps into our thoughts often. Placing things there to disarm us. We are constantly at battle spiritually. We must pray. Confess. Read the Bible. Pray more. This is the only way to keep our thoughts on God, keep Satan far from us. Fight the good fight for our lives. We must recognize the enemy, and fight him with the power of God’s truth and through the Scriptures.
Step 3: Replace self-focused thinking with a God-focused mindset. It takes work to focus our minds on Jesus. It is hard. Our minds often wander to wherever it wants to go, instead of where it should go. It takes practice, training, daily. It isn’t something that is automatic. We must nurture our minds and focus on where we want it to go. A great verse to help with this is Colossians 3:1-2 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
Step 4: Rest in the truth that you are accepted in Jesus Christ. Pray for the Lord to protect our minds. I mentioned this earlier. It is important to pray each and every day for Him to protect our minds. It is also good to rest in Him. There will be successful days as well as unsuccessful days. It is something we can work on each day. I challenge you to rest in knowing you are His and He is yours, forever. He wants you to be successful but will not give up on you when mistakes are made. After all, He created us to make mistakes so we rely on Him as much as possible, in all things.
Step 5: Repeat steps 1-4 daily. There is no fear in God’s love. When we feel afraid or defeated we can trust in God’s love. It will never fade away. He loves us, forever. Ultimately, He would like for us to be more like Jesus. His thoughts never deviated from the Father. He was always in fellowship with Him. We can strive for that but can we accomplish that? Probably not, we are not perfect. God created us to need Him. He created us to search for Him, to feel the love He has for us. If we are in constant fellowship with Him then what would He have left to accomplish in us?
Tell me: How do you keep your mind from dwelling on unhealthy, untrue or distracting thoughts?
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