This post was originally published on 14 June 2013 and updated on 10 November 2018.
The renewing of our mind is a process! Each day, we speak life or death into our lives and situations. Each day, we can choose to replace a negative thought with a positive thought. But wait a minute, here is the catch–to replace our thoughts, something has to change.
Change starts with each of us. Change is always hard until we are ready and willing to take responsibility for our part of whatever keeps that negative thought alive. Which brings us to conflict.
Every relationship that involves people brings stuff–theirs and ours! Let’s face it, we all have a once upon a time or back in the day, blah, blah.
We made choices, right, wrong or indifferent. The challenge is owing our part of the choice and allowing God to set us free. Bad habits are hard to break. God knows what is needed to break each and everyone of us. Ouch.
As I mentioned before, our past and present life experiences shape our memories, thoughts, perceptions and beliefs. Until we can accept each others choices and differences; we can’t be an effective witness for Christ. It will always come down to love.
God is love. If we say we love Jesus but hate our _________, well change is a process and it may take us longer to get where we need to be! When we stumble, we can thank God for his mercy and his grace!
No one is perfect, except Jesus. Pain, hurt and guilt, to include, forgiveness can all be released to God for healing. God loves us unconditionally; even when we are not kind and loving. He just waits until we choose him and the process to change begins again.
Other things we can use to renew our mind is music or paying a good strategy game–with either, the distraction keeps those pesky thoughts away. Try it, it helps!
God bless us by faith, as we release negative thoughts of the past, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors, to renew our minds and set us free to keep moving forward.
Proverbs 18:21 – Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Song of Solomon 2:15 – Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.
Matthew 12:25 – And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
Matthew 25:42-46 – For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
2 Corinthians 10:5 – Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Philippians 4:8 – Finally, breathen, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.
1 John 4:2 – Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
To be continued…..
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