A Change of Mind

20160822_081848-01-02A 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)

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.

Hebrews 4:12

“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. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 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.

Galatians 6:8-10, Galatians 2:20, Galatians 5:16-18, Romans 5:5-8, Hebrews 12:1-3, Proverbs 15:32, Galatians 5:22-25, John 14:23-24

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,

Robin <3

p.s. You may also wish to read: Attentively Waiting  Caution, Emotions at Play!  I Do Matter!




5 thoughts on “A Change of Mind

  1. Robin, it is just so amazing that your first Bible quote is from Romans 12:2. I just led a Bible study on Tuesday, August 23rd, and for it I chose as our scripture Romans 12:1-13. We read the chosen passage a total of three times, ech time from a different version, and verse 2 of the passage got a lot of comments. The first time we read the passage, the question is always “What stands out for you?” Several people chose verse 2 as their focus. Verse 9 also got a lot of play. The second question changes with each leader, and mine for this passage was “How does this passage of scripture apply in your life?” That got lots of varied answers, my own being focused on verse 13, regarding extending hospitality. Our last question, after the third reading is always “What do you take home from this scripture?” As always, people had really different answers for this one. Several people said that they took home with them the idea that we all need to work together with our varying gifts and amounts of God-given faith in order to create something greater than we would be able to create individually.

    Anyway, sorry to go on at length about your very first Bible quote. I really enjoy your other quoted Bible passages and especially what you make of them! Thanks so much for this post! –Timi 🙂

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