Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Renewing Our Minds

This weeks Good Morning Girls Intentionally Focused study is centered around renewing the mind. There are two verses that have really encouraged me this week so far and I'd like to share them with you.

Romans 12:2
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is- his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers and sisters; whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things.

I absolutely love these verses. In Romans, when it says, "Do not conform to the world's patterns" it means to not be part of the "normal", don't fall into sin because it is cool or the 'in' thing to do. It is so easy for us to conform to the world, sometimes not even realizing what it is doing to our own minds, others minds, as well as our relationship with Yahweh. It's so easy to have that guilty pleasure of watching 'that' TV show or reading 'those' books. I have a couple of things I know I should get rid of! But one of my favorite things about being a Christian and spreading the Word of God, is being different, being the change. I think this is one of the best ways to show others my love for Christ. I love when people around me notice I don't cuss, don't watch most of the popular TV shows these days, or listen to the latest and 'greatest' music. Then I get to explain to them why I do what I do, to honor and serve God. Ladies... people notice different... and different isn't a bad thing, especially when you are serving our Lord!

In the Philippians verse, Paul is telling us to program our minds with thoughts that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy. In my Bibles commentary for this verse, it says "What we put into our minds determines what comes out in our words and actions". Wow that is powerful!! What is it you struggle with? Books, movies, internet, conversations, TV shows, Etc? I know I struggle with watching some TV shows I shouldn't be watching because it isn't the kind of thing God wants to equip my mind with but what about you? Let's purify our minds. Replace the harmful with wholesome. It may take practice, but it can be done!

Have a blessed rest of the week!<3

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