From the moment we are born, we enter a battlefield. Our minds are instantly invaded by influencers--both good and bad. They shape us, make us, build us up and tear us down.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. So you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will. -Romans 12:2
We are called to renew our minds or Transform our thinking. Meaning, at one time our minds were new. Pure. Untouched. But the world creeped in. Creating webs of lies that we begin to believe as truths. Webs that leave us with insecurities.
It’s a daily battle to fight off the lies that intrude our thoughts, but we are not called to think poorly of ourselves. Our Father tells us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made, that there is no flaw in us.
The thing is, we know these truths. We know what the Bible says, but it difficult to believe it applies to our lives. It’s easy to give it out as good advice. As a line to build up our friends, but we don’t give it much credit when it comes to our journey.
Knowing, believing and living.
My story has led to me to see these words as stepping stones. One leading to the other. You can know stuff all day long, but it doesn’t mean you believe it. And believing doesn’t equate to living it out. This is where renewing your mind gets serious because this can work both ways.
You can positively influence your mind by filling it with God’s truth. Or you can allow the world to creep in and take over your thinking to a point where you begin to know, believe and live out the lies it throws your way.
Renewing your mind, transforming your thinking. This takes time, discipline and diligence. It’s not easy, it’s a battlefield, but it is a battle worth fighting every time.
The best way to renew your mind is through memorizing scripture. Scripture is God’s truth and it applies to every one of His children. Hiding scripture in our hearts is the best weapon for fighting the battle in our mind.
Memorizing can be challenging, but it is not impossible. Take it a day at time. Start simple. Use a verse you are familiar with. Write it down. Write it down again. Post it on your mirror, computer, steering wheel. Say it in the shower or while you are driving.
I promise that eventually you will know that verse as well as your favorite song. Once it’s stored in your heart, you will begin to believe it to be truth and use it to fight your personal brain battle. When you start to see those truths that you now believe turn into actions, you’re living it out.
What’s your battle? What is the lie the world has sown in your head? Do you really want to believe it for the rest of your life? I promise, if you let God in and allow him to transform your thinking, you’ll be able to fight through those battles with confidence in who God created your to be!