Think; Feel; Act!
Day 12 – January 19, 2018
There is a verse in the Bible that has always caused me to ask what looks like an unanswerable question. First, the verse.
“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” (Romans 12:2 NLT)
Now the question. Who changes the way I think? Me or God? And the answer is, “YES!”
Let me try to explain how this works. You and I are souls. We don’t simply possess a soul, we are a soul. The ship captain’s manifest was correct. “There are 120 souls on board.” Yes, each soul has a body, but ultimately we are souls. Our souls are the combination of our mind, thoughts, and feelings. This is the part of us with which we are most familiar. We do not possess a soul. We are a soul. Our soul is that part of us that we will take into the next life. Our bodies are our bodies. We know all about that. Our bodies are temporary, but our souls are forever.
Then there is this other part of us…the spirit. Theologians have been arguing for centuries over whether we have a spirit, or are simply alive or dead to the Spirit of God. This does not matter to me. The effects are the same. Now back to Romans 12.
If I can simply change how I think, and that changes how I feel, which changes how I act, then I have done all of this myself. Who needs God? I just need to discipline my thinking.
Conversely, if I sit around and let God change the way I think, and that changes how I feel, which changes how I act, then I will be terribly disappointed. I have proven that over and over in my life. God will not act separately from me…from my soul.
So here is how it works. I know I need to change how I think. But my mind has developed mind-tracks that always lead to problems. So I need some big-time help. I need God!
I love this verse. “Let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.” (Ephesians 4:23 NLT) The word, LET means to ‘allow to enter’ or ‘to permit to enter.’ In other words, I have to do something. But I don’t have to do this alone. I have to allow the Spirit of God to enter my otherwise messed up world. For me, that means filling my life with God’s Word, the Bible. It means taking time to pray, to ask Him to be first in every area of my life. It means coming up with an action plan that starts to supplant the bad thinking in my life with the mind of Christ. In other words, “Let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.”
If you can grasp this, eventually your mind will begin to change. When that happens, your feelings start to follow. And before long, you will begin to act different. And then your life is on a trajectory for great success and fulfillment. We have just a little over a week left in 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting. There is time for you to make a radical life transition in this new year. Join us as we pray and fast for God’s best in our lives.