Don’t you just love Jeff Larson’s take on Romans 12:2! Even though this makes me chuckle, the truth is that it is so very easy to be pressed into the (stinking) thinking of this world. Oh, how we daily need the washing of the Word of God to renew our thinking. What we allow into our minds literally shapes who we are. Therefore, if we are children of God, we must develop godly though patterns.
HOW TO DEVELOP A GODLY THOUGHT LIFE
- Fill Your Mind With God’s Word-Develop a habit of being in God’s Word on a daily basis. “The Law of the Lord is perfect, sure, right and pure.” Psalm 19:7 Find a good devotional at your local Christian Bookstore or find one online (my personal favorite is “In Touch” Magazine) and commit to making a healthy habit of reading it everyday. Find an accountability partner who will keep you accountable for being in the Word daily.
- Guard Your Mind from Unhealthy Influences– Proverbs 23:7 & Proverbs 4:23 teach us the importance of what we think. Proverbs 23:7 – “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 4:23 – “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Ephesians chapter 5 teaches us the difference between the works of light and darkness, and admonishes us to “walk as children of light,” which means we should live before God with nothing hiding. We need to avoid the unhealthy influences that lead to those sins listed in Ephesians 5…fornication, all uncleanness, (sexual sins) covetousness (uncontrolled appetites), filthiness, foolish talking and jesting (kinds of base speech.)
- Prepare Your Mind for Spiritual Battle- 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 makes us aware of the ongoing spiritual battle and gives us our first line of defense. It is that we bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. (War begins in the mind-that’s Satan’s strategy.)
- Renew Your Mind Everyday – Eph. 4:23 teaches us to renew our mind. How is that done?
A. 2 Tim. 2:15 Study the Scriptures (not just reading-there must be application)
1. To please God
2. To be confident communicators
4. To be doctrinally accurate
B. 2 Tim. 2:16 The Scriptures are God-breathed for
1. Doctrine (right thinking)
2. Reproof (wrong thinking)
3. Correction (turned around thinking, repentance)
4. Instruction in righteousness (right living)
(I memorized this scripture by using DR Cornish, that me (I)
I am thankful for this week’s lesson preparation for my Senior High Sunday School Class reminding me that my mind needs renewing on a daily basis…yes, that my mind needs to have a continual overhaul!