Day FourteenPastor Jordan Merritt
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:2 (NIV)
And we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV)
The mind is a powerful thing. Everything is filtered through our minds. Our actions. Our dreams. Our fears. Our aspirations. Our emotions. Our decisions. There’s not a day that goes by that we don’t use our minds. But so often our minds are not in line or in step with the Spirit of God.
This verse shows us that the mind is really the hinge in our life with God. The door can swing wide or be completely closed off because of our thought life. The mind can keep us from recognizing the blessings of God or can keep us in step with him in the midst of chaos and confusion. It’s an incredibly important part of our lives with Him that sometimes we take for granted.
Have you ever been to a place with those heavy doors that close automatically if you don’t hold it open? This is like our mind. Our minds NATURALLY want to be conformed to what is around us. Culture. Dysfunction. Offense. Fear. Anxiety. Depression. It’s all that we see around us sometimes in our everyday lives. It has to be as intentional as holding a door open in us. We can’t passively go about our thought lives. We must actively pursue to be thinking in step with God. Sometimes doors are heavy and difficult to keep open (especially if the wind is blowing), but we must persevere to see His will be done in our minds as it is in Heaven.
We all want to know the will of God. This verse tells us how to get there. The hinge. The mind.
How aware are you of your thought life? Do you wrestle with the natural mind that wants us to conform to the world?
Prayer: Lord, help us to be attentive and aware of our ability to get out of step with You in our thought life. May we go about this year with greater urgency to be in step and in line with You in this area. Thank you that we are no longer slaves to the lies of the enemy that try to keep us in bondage, but have received victory in order to know Your will. Help us to continually grow to think more like You. In Jesus name, Amen.
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