Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Thinking Right

lifewords 2.01.11 thinking right
Oh how incredible is the abiding presence of our Lord! I pray that it will be a John 15  month. For in His presence is His life, His love, His peace and fullness of joy.  He is our All in All. In Him is Wisdom.  In Him is healing. In Him is Victory.  In Him is RIGHT THINKING.   
 God's plan for us as new creation people is for our minds to be renewed to the truth of His Word. How we decide to think according to God's Word must be intentional.  It must be on purpose.  Otherwise, circumstances, situations, and emotions will be our navigation system and limit our forward movement in God!
This year, let's be transformed by the renewing of our minds! Remember Psalm 1 about the person who is blessed, because his delight is in the Law of the Lord and in that Law he meditates day and night? "He will be like a tree planted by rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also does not wither,   and whatever he does shall prosper. "  God's plans are sure, His grace abounds, but we can sabotage ourselves by disobeying Him in the area of our thinking.  Here is an excerpt from Philippians 4 concerning our thinking. It would be great to read it multiple times!
"Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious-the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies." Phil. 4:8 (Message)
Let's abandon mediocre thinking, declare war on fear and anxiety, and take every thought captive to the obedience of our King. When thoughts of un-forgiveness attempt to infiltrate.....lets nail them to the cross.  Thoughts of selfishness, self preservation, self exaltation, must be replaced with thoughts based on Galatians 2:20. When impure thoughts, racing thoughts, negative thoughts try to dominate, let's do Phil. 4:8, 9. Let's check ourselves not to think the worst, but the best.  Love! Let's make our mind meditate on God's Word, His truth, His ways.  Think excellently on purpose. Intentionally make February 2011  a month of renewing our mind to God's truth, and ask the Holy Spirit to  illuminate our understanding and propel us to a whole new level of Spirit led thinking. If we are to grow up in God we must grow up in our thinking and our willing obedience to fix our minds on His Word. You are cherished!

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