Romans 12:2 says “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect”
This verse tells me that if I want to know God’s perfect will for my life, I need to allow God to change me by changing the way I think because God doesn’t want me to act like the world.
God desires that I change the way I think. The way I think affects the way I act which in turn affects my character. And as I understand it, my character is the only thing I am taking with me when Jesus comes.
I talked to God about my dilemma because I realised that my thought patterns needed to change. I don’t know about everyone else but once I have a negative thought it usually ends with me going down a long dark path which inevitably affects my actions in a negative way.
God brought another verse to me in my devotions this morning read in The Faith I Live By by Ellen White:
“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.Proverbs 4:23.
As a man “thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7. Many thoughts make up the unwritten history of a single day; and these thoughts have much to do with the formation of character. Our thoughts are to be strictly guarded; for one impure thought makes a deep impression on the soul. An evil thought leaves an evil impress on the mind. If the thoughts are pure and holy, the man is better for having cherished them. By them the spiritual pulse is quickened, and the power for doing good is increased. And as one drop of rain prepares the way for another in moistening the earth, so one good thought prepares the way for another.
Wrong habits of thought, when once accepted, become a despotic power that fastens the mind as in a grasp of steel.
The thoughts are not to be allowed to run riot. They must be restrained, brought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. Let them be placed upon holy things. Then, through the grace of Christ, they will be pure and true. We need a constant sense of the ennobling power of pure thoughts. The only security for any soul is right thinking.
Our minds take the level of the things on which our thoughts dwell, and if we think upon earthly things, we shall fail to take the impress of that which is heavenly. We would be greatly benefited by contemplating the mercy, goodness, and love of God; but we sustain great loss by dwelling upon those things which are earthly and temporal.
Although there may be a tainted, corrupted atmosphere around us, we need not breathe its miasma, but may live in the pure air of heaven. We may close every door to impure imaginings and unholy thoughts by lifting the soul into the presence of God through sincere prayer. Those whose hearts are open to receive the support and blessing of God will walk in a holier atmosphere than that of earth and will have constant communion with Heaven.”
So many things happening around me right now makes me realise more than ever that I need a “renewed mind”. Too many people in my life are also struggling with the same issue which makes me realise that in the trying times that we are living in, we need God’s help now more than ever!
The only way to be transformed into the image of God is by the renewing of our minds through prayer and studying God’s word.