You know what? Sometimes we become so good at fooling others, we forget the truth about ourselves.
People at church, family members, and others we come in contact with may think we’re so wonderful. The model Christian; a poster child for the kingdom of God.
Of course God knows the truth, but until we come to grips with it we will never change.
Change what? Our thoughts. Our stinking thinking. No, this isn’t a post about positive thinking, or negative thinking for that matter. Stinking thinking occurs when we allow ourselves to meditate on things contrary to God’s word.
It’s so easy to do. We get a lot of help from those around us; even if they’re children of God.
The Lord knows the power of a person’s thoughts. He knows they are the first step toward action. And actions are the beginning steps to a habit.
That’s why He said to Joshua: “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:8 NKJV)
“…that you may observe to do…” Joshua had a huge task ahead of him. He was to lead God’s people across the Jordan River, into the promised land, up against the giants and walled cities, and finally divide the land between each of the tribes. But he would have given up from the start if his thoughts hadn’t been governed by the Words of God.
We’re no different than Joshua, even though we may be born again. Our minds are still strong enough to derail us from God’s plan for our lives if we don’t change our stinking thinking.
Paul calls it, “renewing the mind.”
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 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 12:1 – 12:2 NKJV)
Our responsibility, as followers of Jesus Christ, is to make a change in our world. To represent the Kingdom of God in the same way Jesus did. So we must have renewed minds.
I’ve just finished a book to help those who are struggling with stinking thinking; who have found themselves beaten up and left for dead by the adversary, simply because they couldn’t control their thoughts. It’s called, “30 Days To A Renewed Mind.” Here’s a short excerpt:
“30 Days to a Renewed Mind” has over 175 scripture verses, as well as some personal notes from me, divided into 30 bite-sized portions; one for each day of the month. In this book you’ll discover God’s will and power to help you defeat every temptation that comes your way. Since “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17), I encourage you to go through this book every day of every month. Do whatever you can to arm yourselves for victory.
(The book will be available @ Amazon.com July 8th, in both paperback and eBook versions.)
Whether or not you get a copy of my book, remember this: unless you’re honest with yourself about the struggles you have with your mind, you’ll never change. You’ll always get beat up by life.