‘Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.’ Romans 12:2 NKJV
Sometimes we try to excuse our negativity by saying, ‘Just kidding; it didn’t mean anything.’ But it does! A wrong word spoken or a wrong thought left to roam your mind can take root and grow into what the Bible calls a ‘stronghold’ (see 2 Corinthians 10:4). And when a thought becomes that stubborn, it begins to control your outlook, your attitude, and your actions.
That’s why the Bible says, ‘Be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude].’ (Romans 12:2 AMPC) Wherever the mind goes, we follow! We all face challenges and difficulties in life. You might allow yourself to think thoughts such as: ‘I just can’t take any more,’ or ‘If one more thing happens, I’m going right over the edge!’ or ‘If things don’t change soon—I’m giving up!’
That kind of thinking prepares you for defeat before you even spot a problem. There is nothing strong, powerful, enabling, or victorious in thinking you will go over the edge or in deciding to quit. Those are losing attitudes, not winning outlooks. Instead you should think, ‘If the attack is this great, then the blessing that lies beyond it is greater.’ Or, ‘If Satan is attacking me this hard, God must have something really good in store for me!’
Become a person who is spiritually, emotionally, and mentally prepared for any challenge that crosses your path. Don’t allow yourself to be easily discouraged or defeated. And you do that by ‘the renewing of your mind’ with God’s Word.
SoulFood: Is 58–62, John 7:45–53, Ps 115, Prov 29:7–10
word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2017
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