Sunday, 31st January 2021
Ephesians 4:23 – Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.
Change requires new thinking. In order to change, we must learn the truth and start making good choices, but we also must change the way we think.
We’ve talked about this before: The battle for sin starts in your mind, not in your behavior. The way you think determines the way you feel, and the way you feel determines the way you act. If you want to change the way you act, you start by changing the way you think. In addition, if you want to change the way you feel, you must start with the way you think.
Think – Feel – Act
You can’t fight your way into a feeling. You must change the way you think about your kids, about your husband, about your wife, and that will change the way you feel, which will then change the way you act.
The battle for sin, the battle to deal with those defects in your life that you don’t like, starts in your mind. If you want to change anything in your behavior or anything in your emotions, you start with your thoughts and your attitude.
The renewal of your mind is related to the word repentance. Repentance is about changing your mind, learning to think differently. When I repent, I turn from guilt to forgiveness, from purposelessness to purposefulness, from no hope to new hope, from frustration to freedom, from darkness to light, from hell to heaven. I turn from hatred to love.
I also change the way I think about God. He’s not mad at me. I’m deeply flawed, but I’m deeply loved. I change the way I think about others, the way I think about the world, the way I think about the economy, and I change the way I think about my past, my present, and my future.
So being renewed in your mind means more than changing the way you think about God and Jesus; it also means you change the way you think about your own defects.