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Monday, January 9, 2017

Changing The Way I Think, Will Change How I Act

In review of Ephesians 4:23 it says, “Let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes”

Bottom Line:
Let the Spirit renew your way of thinking.

What this means to me:
I should let the power of the Holy Spirit, help me change my way of thinking (thoughts and attitudes) for the better.

What I’m learning is that change in my life will require new thinking. Not only should I learn the truth and start making good choices, I also must change the way I think.

After All, the battle for sin starts in my mind, not in my behavior. The way I think determines the way I feel, and the way I feel determines the way I act. So in order to change the way I act, I start by changing the way I think.

I can not just say I’m need to do or change something. I’ll end up having a hard time fighting my way into a feeling. I first must change the way I think about it, then that will change the way I feel, which would then ultimately change the way I act. Today’s verse reminds me to, “Let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes” (Ephesians 4:23 NLT).

I’m not what I think I am. Rather, what I think, is what I am. The battle to deal with the defects in my life start in my mind. If I want to change anything in my behavior or emotions, I start with my thoughts and my attitude.

Also, the renewal of my mind is related to the word “repentance.” Repentance has nothing to do with my behavior. It’s about learning to think differently. “Repent” simply means to make a mental U-turn. It’s something done in my mind, not with my behavior. Changing the way I think will then affect my emotions and behavior.

When I repent, I turn from guilt to forgiveness. I turn from purposelessness to purpose in life. I turn from no hope to new hope. I turn from frustration to freedom. I turn from darkness to light!

This the kind of change needed to be able to change the course of my life.

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