Duration: 365 days
Read Psalm 23
God, like a faithful shepherd, is with us throughout our lives, looking after us, helping us, leading us, comforting us.
WAY OF LIFE
The greatest thing about renewing our minds is the fact that transformation is happening on the inside, in our spiritual core, and this change isn’t fleeting. There may be realignment and readjustment from time to time, but this new way of thinking is so engrained that it becomes a new way of life. Instead of yelling at our spouses when we’re frustrated, we’re able to arrest those thoughts and speak the truth in love. Instead of falling into a pit of depression when we make a mistake or when someone forgets to invite us to a party, we find grace within for others. Instead of eating our way into junk-food heaven when we feel lonely, we reach out to God or a friend for comfort.
It was in a moment of great grief and pain that the strength of my mind muscle was tested. Would I still believe that God is good, even when my circumstances were not? Would I be able to trust Him, even though I could not understand why this was happening to me? Was I willing to apply the truth of the Word to this situation despite my disappointment? My emotions were screaming on the inside. Although the sense of loss and overwhelming sadness I felt were very real, I had to choose to set my mind on things above.
No matter what circumstances we might face in life, it is possible for us to overcome in the midst of them by taking hold of God’s thoughts. It may not always be the easiest thing to do, but trust me: it can be done. The same Holy Spirit who helped me strengthen my mind muscle is also there for everyone else, no matter who they are or what their past looks like.
When we make the choice to develop the mind of Christ, we will never regret the time and energy it takes to continually exercise this spiritual core muscle. Our lives will be defined by a deep inner peace and an unshakable joy that can only come from God.
As tempting as it may sometimes be to attempt to bypass the process of renewing our minds, I encourage you to keep persevering. As we transform our thinking and align our thoughts with God’s Word, we will be able to make the most of the good times, walk through the dark valleys, and never lose sight of God.
POINT TO PONDER
Are you struggling to overcome sadness in your life? The Holy Spirit is waiting to help you gain strength that will bring you to a deep inner peace.
Devotions by Christine Caine copyright © 2012 by Christine Caine and Equip & Empower Ministries.