A few weeks ago, a friend said to me, “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is not”; adding (my paraphrase), “Suffering happens when we refuse to embrace the changes, and instead fight the pain.”
This summer has been a journey of embracing changes. The biggest change I’m finding is that
I need to Let God change my mind.
Romans 12:2 states: (NLT)
2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (emphasis mine)
God’s Word (the Bible) is unlike any other book written by men. Many see it as a rule book to follow. Yet, as I come to know the author more fully, I am learning it is a love story from a powerful King who has the ability to keep his promises as he radically transforms any who venture to follow him. Transforming them from the inside out – by changing the way they think. Anxiety to peace. Hate to love. Anger to forgiveness. Purposeless to purposeful. Hopeless to hope. By the power of his words through the work of his precious Spirit.
“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.”
Do we just sit back, read God’s words and let them do their “magic”? No, his words say that those who choose to follow him also have a responsibility.
II Corinthians 10:3-5 (NIV)
“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (emphasis mine)
How am I letting the words of God change me? By choosing to focus on and follow God’s words in the Bible regarding forgiveness, peace, acceptance, and hope rather than focusing on all the other thoughts that swirl around my head – anger, worry, anxiety, rejection, hopelessness. Trusting God’s Spirit (the power behind the words) to do the changing.
To assist, I have set up a series of “Memo’s” on my phone. The first memo is headed “Transform My Mind – Through Discipline“. I have listed several verses that remind me of the importance in taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, as well as verses on how I can do so.
I am finding subtle changes beginning to take place – I still struggle, but less often. I am more easily able to reel in my thoughts. I am finding peace and calm more quickly taking over. God’s Spirit through his words are working.
Take Every Thought Captive – Rather Than Letting Every Thought Captivate
If this resonates with you, let me know. Thanks!
With love and prayers,