Christian thinking is an active, continual process. Do you exercise? Whether you do or don’t you are certainly aware that one run will not give you the physical ability to run a marathon (26.1 miles).
and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
and be continually renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh, untarnished mental and spiritual attitude],
This first week I hope to lay a solid foundation. Today is like a wakeup call. Christian thinking or some would call it having a biblical worldview, is an active ongoing process.
Ephesians 4:23 is sandwiched in a very meaty portion of scripture that is often characterized as the “Put Off and Put On”s. I hope to revisit the passage in detail later. But I wanted to isolate this verse to make it clear that thinking this way is not a one-time ordeal.
From the passage, we learn that we have to let the Spirit renew us in our attitude and our disposition. This is our attitude and prevailing tendencies. Wow!
These two—our mindset and our habits—are what bring about our determinations. Let me restate that, our mindset and our habits determine our understanding, reasoning, thinking, and our decisions.
See why I wanted to isolate this verse?
According to this verse, we are to continually renew our mindset and our habits in conformity with the will of God. This includes our motives, our desires, our behaviors because they are all connected to what we think.
There is an immediate transformation that occurs when we accept Christ but there is also the ongoing work of the Spirit in our lives, which makes us new and like Him.
And it is here that there is a division between the “old me” and the “new me”.
Between my “old thinking” and my “new thinking”.
Between “bad” thoughts and “good” thoughts.
Ultimately, if you are like me, I pray to experience God’s peace in my life. I hope to have His peace reign over every thought, every action, every interaction with others.
But to do this we must embrace the transformation from our worldliness to His righteousness.
Christians are to continually renew their mindset and habits, which determines their decisions.
Repeat yesterday’s task.
Grab a small piece of paper like an index card. I would like for you to carry it in your pocket all day. Write down your internal thoughts. If you think about the same thing more than once, place a check mark next to it.
At the end of the day, consider, whether your thoughts were God-honoring and how you can shift your thoughts concerning those matters. Place the paper in your bible or somewhere for review at the end of the week.
Add to your list your habits. What habits are you engaging in? Are they God-honoring?
I pray for new thinking. New attitude. New desires. New habits.
Let your light reign and rule in my life. Help me to let go of thoughts that do not glorify you. Help me to let go of habits that do not honor you. Help me to keep my eyes and heart centered on You. Trusting You to guide me and empower me to actively live in the space in which You reside.
In Jesus’ name,
Day 6 Preview
I am planning to write about Romans 12:2 tomorrow. Are you writing along? If so, comment and I’ll head over to your blog.
“See” you tomorrow.
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