Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
A person’s mind is a powerful thing. It can control how a person acts very quickly. It can give a person power to do something, or has the power to keep a person from doing something.
It is the mind that thinks about fear of something. Many people throughout the world live in a constant spirit of fear. It could be fear of failure, fear of letdown, or fear of others. When there is fear, it paralyzes a person from getting something done that needs to be done.
After fear is the thought that one can do anything on his own. Many people in this world believe this way. They feel that they have full control of their own lives and their own destinies.
God does not want His people to have any fear, because He is perfect love and perfect love casts out all fear. And God does not want anyone to do anything completely on his own.
God is seeking a relationship with all people. He wants to be with them to guide them and strengthen them. God wants His people to lean on Him and trust Him.
There are many believers who struggle with fear and with the belief that they can do everything on their own. They are not relying upon God.
In order to change this, there must be a transforming of the mind, a change of the way the mind is thinking. This can only be done by actively focusing upon God and allowing Him to change the mind.
Knowing God’s word will allow the believer to change his mind to what God is saying, not what the world is saying. It will allow God’s love to penetrate the mind and transform the way it is thinking. Fear will be pushed out. Selfishness will be pushed out.
As you look at your life, think about how you think. What is your mind focusing on? Is it focusing on the failures, mistakes, others, or fear of failure?
Or is your mind focused on God and His power, abilities, love, and faithfulness?
Do not allow your thinking to be like the world’s thinking. Allow God to change your way of thinking.
I pray today that you will know God’s word; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to guide your life; that you will allow God to change the way you think; and that you will know God’s perfect love and faithfulness to you.
The wicked are waiting to destroy me, but I will ponder your statutes. Psalm 119:95
When a person knows that an enemy is ahead of them, waiting to get them, they do one a several things. Some will take a different route in fear. Some will call for help from others in fear. Some will just stop moving forward and give up in fear. A few will go forward and face the enemy.
Most of the actions that people will do in facing an enemy is have fear. They see that the enemy is out to destroy them and they get locked up in fear.
The psalmist knew that the enemy was out there waiting to destroy him. This was not just to make life rough for him, but to literally kill him off. Instead of being filled with fear, he chose instead to think about God’s Word. What did God’s laws say about this situation is what he chose to think about.
This thinking about the laws of God was not just some quick passing it thought. It was taking time to really think about it, and figure them out. How did God’s laws apply to the situation he was in?
God had said from the beginning that He would be with His people. Throughout the Bible it states that God would never leave or forsake anyone who believes in Him. It also states that He will win the battle in the end, the enemy will be destroyed.
Today as a believer you also have the statement that God’s perfect love casts out fear. This is the fear that cripples a person in the face of the enemy. When you study and think about God’s word, you will see that God is doing His best for your best. As that happens, you can rest assured that God will not allow the enemy to win in the end.
Despite the power and size of the enemy, you do not have to fear anything at all. Turn your eyes and thoughts on to God’s Word and see what He has to say about the situation. Then realize that God is still in control and will be with you.
Believing in Jesus will put you on God’s side, and God will win the battle. If God wins, you also will win. Do not fear when someone is out to destroy you. You cannot be destroyed, unless you allow the enemy to win in your life.
I pray today that God’s love will remove fear in your life; that you will seek out God’s Word; that you will think about God’s Word constantly; and that God will give you victory over your enemy.
Great are the works of the LORD; they are pondered by all who delight in them. Psalm 111:2
Over the centuries there have been many different great thinkers or philosophers. Some of the known names are: Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, Confucius, John McDowell, and Judith Butler. Some are ancient and some are modern. One thing common in each of them is that they each look at life and ponder or think about what the meaning of it is.
Not every person thinks very deeply about the meaning of things in life all the time, but every person does think about at times. This especially occurs when things are not going very well, when life throws them a curveball and makes it very difficult. People wonder why there is death and sickness, pain and suffering. The reasons that people give for answers to these questions are of a great variety.
Scientists are trying to figure out why there is life on this planet and how it all began. Philosophers are trying to figure out what all this life really means.
In searching for answers to these questions, the answer can only be found in God. He is the one who started everything and He is the one who can bring it to an end.
Those who believe in God can look at all the works of God and be amazed. The works of God are all the things He has created on this earth and His work in the lives of men and women around the world.
Just take a moment and think about all the things God has done for you. He has provided air to breath, ability to think, move and talk, the beauty of trees, animals, sunrises and sunsets, food and water, and much more. Along with these things He has given you His presence, being by your side at all times.
The ultimate works that He has done is giving you forgiveness and salvation.
Take time to ponder all these things and be delighted in what God has done in and for you.
It will take you all of eternity to think about all the things God has already done for you, if you will just take the time to list everything. The list is too enormous to ever fully finish.
What are you pondering about?
What gives you great delight to think about?
I pray today that you will see the things God has done; that you will think about what God has done and is doing; that you will take delight in God’s work; and that you will give God praise for His great works.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” Philippians 4:8
The mind is a very powerful part of a human being. Doctors have yet to fully understand the brain. The brain can work faster than the fastest computers and can process more problems.
It is a well-known fact that how a person thinks can greatly determine success or failure. If a person tackles a problem thinking he will fail, most likely he will. If he tackles it expecting success, the chances are much greater at succeeding.
Doctors have documented how some people die when they should have survived a sickness or injury because they did not have the mind-set to live. At the same time others beat the odds because they chose to live and make it.
With God and the Holy Spirit in a person’s life this increases the odds of success exponentially. Paul tells the believers to think on good things. One is to think about what is right and pure. All these things that one is to think about are the things of God.
It is easy to fill your mind with the sinful garbage of the world. Look at the news, movies, television shows, music, books, magazines, and things sold in stores.
You must turn your focus away from the garbage to the things of God and what He is saying and is doing. When your mind is focused on God and the things of God, you will be set to succeed.
You may not succeed in the eyes of the world, but you will succeed in the things God has for you. God will be able to make you more like Jesus everyday. He will also be able to use you to draw others to Jesus.
What are you thinking about today? Is it the garbage and cares of this world? Or is it the things of God?
I pray today that God will open your mind to His things; that you will think about the things of God; that you will set your mind and heart on what God is saying and doing; that you will turn away from sinful thoughts; and that God will use you to bring others to Jesus.
“Brothers and sisters, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.” 1 Corinthians 14:20
Right after a chapter talking about love, speaking in tongues is talked about with speaking prophecies. Then comes this statement to not think like a child. It almost seems like a sudden rebuke against the people, but as with all Scripture there is a reason for it.
Think about how children think. They are often selfish, dishonoring to other children, angry, believing their way is best, wanting everything, and wanting to be the center of attention, and yet innocent is what is actually evil. These thoughts and actions are just the opposite of what love is.
Now when Paul talks about speaking in tongues and prophecies he tells the people to stop being like the children. Evidently the people in the Corinthian church were seeking only to speak in tongues. This is something different and no one can really judge what was said, because it is an unknown tongue. It is a safe area to do.
Speaking in tongues is great for the individual between him and God, and also a sign for those who do not believe yet. The problem is that it does nothing for anyone else that is a believer. As a part of the church you are supposed to build up other believers up. This cannot be done with words that they cannot understand. This is where prophecy comes in.
Do not think that by just doing certain ministries or using certain gifts that you are the best and everyone else must follow that way. God uses each person differently and in different ways.
Your thinking must be on how to build up others in Jesus. What is the best way to lift them up? What is the best way to point them to Jesus? What is the best way to encourage them? Think in these ways.
I pray today that God will reveal to you ways to build the others in the church up; that God will use you with speaking in tongues as a sign to unbelievers; that God will use you with prophecies as a sign to believers; and that God’s church will grow through you.
“For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.” Romans 12:3
The process of becoming more like Jesus is different for each person. Every person is a different point in that process. With this in mind Paul talks about the idea of thinking about oneself correctly.
Very often people look at themselves as better than someone else. They look at their faith in God and having overcome certain sins as making them better. They have “accomplished” something great in their eyes.
Paul says that you must think of yourself with a sober judgment. A sober judgment is one that correctly looks at the entire situation and truth of it. He states this by the grace given him. Paul had been the Pharisee of Pharisees, leader of the leaders, one of the best in the Law, yet, he throws it all out as he calls himself the chief of sinners in Christ Jesus. God had given him the faith that he now has.
You may have been a “bad” sinner in accordance with the eyes of the world and people, but every sinner is bad, regardless of what they did or did not do. One sin makes you equal to the person with many sins.
It is only by God’s grace that you are allowed to have faith in Jesus. It is only by the calling of God that you can accept Jesus. Without God revealing Himself, you would never know Him.
You may have come a long way as a believer, or you may have some great work in the church to do, but keep in mind you were a great sinner and were saved by the grace and mercy of God.
Use your abilities to build others and God’s kingdom up. Do not look at yourself as someone who has “made” it or as someone super important. Know that God can use others just as well as He can use you. He just wants people who are willing to be used by Him.
I pray today that you will know who you are in Jesus; that you will remember where you came from; that you will know the grace God has given you; that you will use your abilities for God’s kingdom; and that you will not look down on others who don’t have your abilities.