When we go on a diet, we often make a list or think about things we need to cut out. we also must examine our thinking for that’s when real change comes.
It’s not enough to keep the bad stuff out. We’ve got to let the good stuff in. It’s not enough to keep a list of wrongs. We need to cultivate a list of blessings. As Paul says in today’s verse.
Thinking conveys the idea of pondering, studying, and focusing… allowing what is viewed to have an impact.
Do you want to make a list? Then list God’s mercies. List the times He has forgiven you. Rather than store up the sour, store up the sweet!
God knows us. We can’t pretend we are something we are not with Him. This should liberate us to a remarkable degree of intimacy, but most of us run from such a close relationship with God. Instead of running from our negative thinking and desires.
Today, if our desire, is to become more like God, the only way to be transformed is to invite Him in to look at our hearts, our motivations, and our desires and allow His observations to impact our lives.
“Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
Yahweh, I know you are the one who “searches hearts and minds” yet because of the grace you demonstrated in Christ, I am confident that you love me. Father, my heart is sorry for the sin I have committed, but I am trying to serve you with honour. Please assist me to change my thinking and fill me with your Spirit to enable me to become more like Christ. In the name of Christ, I pray. Amen.
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