Wednesday, February 2, 2011

renewing Our Minds

lifewords 2.02.11

renewing our minds II

How awesome is God's Word!  How lavish His love for us! His mercies are new every morning. His Word should be our continual delight today as we intentionally think about that which is true!  The Bible has so much to say about being deliberate in how we think. This morning I'm thinking of the great commandment Jesus gave us in Luke 10:27.  "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind"  We are to love God with everything in us, including all of our mind!  Our thought life should be a reflection of love for Him and His Word.

Paul talks about our lives as a daily battle in which we must be engaged as warriors.  The war we are waging is fought with spiritual weapons. In  2Cor 10, the Holy Spirit reveals through Paul's writing  that the battlefield of this war is our mind, our thought life.  

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NKJ) For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.  For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ."

Amazing!  What if we really began to deliberately cultivate the habit of bringing every thought captive to the obedience of Christ?  Oh how powerful it would be if the instant a thought came floating through our minds that was contrary to God's Word we were skilled in casting it down quickly! Imagine what kind of men and women we would be. Every thought of fear, doubt, hatred, unforgiveness, prejudice, selfishness, ignorance, anger, impurity,  pulled down, taken captive, rendered powerless and cast away before it had a chance to take root. Replaced with thoughts of God's faithfulness, His Word, His love..not being conformed to this world, but transformed by the renewing of our minds.  Imagine what would come out of our mouths to bless people. What kind of husbands and wives and parents we could be if the Word of God saturated our thought life.  Imagine  the reflection of Christ we would be to a dying world, in our sphere of influence and beyond.   Imagine what the Church of the living God would to look like as we submit ourselves to God's Word in all of our thinking, on purpose, intentionally.

I believe in every  instruction God gives us in the Word is His grace to accomplish it.  The precious Holy Spirit will help us to do 2 Corinthians 10:3-5. As we read and hear and meditate on and study God's Word each day, and invite the Holy Spirit to help us to bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, the Lord Jesus Christ will be glorified in and through our lives and we will walk in His victory! You are Cherished.

amy stoehr
390 Mimosa Ave.
Vista, California 92081

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