Even those of us who are the most resistant to new year’s resolutions will still stop and think about the status of our lives at the beginning of a new year. It’s an inherent part of human nature, to improve upon your circumstance. If you’re hungry, you look for food. If you’re ambitious, you look for the next challenge. If you’re in a relationship, you’re looking for signs that you both are ready for the next step. No matter what part of the spectrum of self preservation you occupy, you are looking to move ahead. I want to talk to you about a way of thinking that dramatically changed my life several years ago. It’s basic, true. But used in many contexts you might not have thought about, it’s also revolutionary for shaping your life, or more importantly, how you see your life.
In 2 Corinthians 10:5 Paul states, “…we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”
Not to school you on grammar or anything but the phrase we are taking is the active verb tense. Your action is up to you. If you want to have a fresh perspective in your situation even though it seems nothing is changing no matter how hard you work toward that end, then you are going to have to mentally take action and be proactive to claim your positive perspective.
Romans 12:2 says, “…but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.”
For you to get a vivid idea of the word transformed/changed here, use the analogy of death to life. I know that’s a drastic contrast but it’s very a realistic representation of what can happen in your heart, mind, and life if you learn how to use this skill daily. A key hidden in the verse above is that after the transformation, THEN you have the renewing of your mind. YOU have to let God transform your mind and heart, learn to take captive every thought, THEN you will see the transforming power of God in your life.
One of the amazing things about God is His grace. Some of this may read like ancient Greek to you, and that’s ok. Let me break it down real simple for you. When I first came back to God years ago, I had a potty mouth like you would not believe. And even though it was somewhat easy to physically stop saying words I shouldn’t, mentally I was still thinking them. I got in the habit of every time one of those words or a phrase would cross my mind of repeating a Bible verse I could memorize. So very literally I would take captive that thought in the moment, and use God’s Word to transform my thoughts. Wanna know what verse I used to accomplish this? And what verse I STILL use to this day when a thought that shouldn’t cross my mind does? 2 Corinthians 10:5, the very first scripture I quoted above. Even all these years later and further along in my faith I still use that basic scripture to harness the transforming power of God in my heart and mind.
God accepts us for who we are right now and doesn’t leave us where we are. Don’t worry about people who think less of you because of your struggle; worry about what God thinks of you. In Psalm 139: 14-18 we learn that we are so precious to God that even before he made us, our imperfections were known to Him. Even with our bad choices and struggles He seen and ordained our days on this Earth. You have to want transformation in your life and ask Him for it. He is faithful to renew your heart, mind, and life today. Ask Him for the strength and wisdom to seek Him and His Word daily to transform your situation.