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“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

I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it again “I’ve got my mind made up!” Sometimes in a positive “I’m serving God no matter what” type of way, and other times in a “I’m stubborn and you won’t ever change my mind” kind of way.

Most people believe that what they believe is right, and that their opinion matters most. This world is full of opinions and opinionated people, all believing they are right. But there is only ONE truth, and ONE name under heaven whereby we must be saved!

It all starts in the mind! If you pursue truth, and desire to know what is real and what isn’t, God will bless that! He wants us to ask questions, and study and seek out that which is true.

If we allow Him to work on our minds, He will transform us into a new person. A person that is more like Him, a person who loves the lost and shows compassion to all.

Then we will know His will for our lives, and to know His will is good, and perfect and pleasing!

Allow God to work on your mind today, and surrender all opinions, thoughts and ideas.

Lord, help me to recognize truth and to turn from deceit and that which is false. Help me to have wisdom and to allow you to work on my mind today. I want Your perfect will for my life.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17, New King James Version).

Some people enjoy taking an old item, sometimes someone else’s castoff, and repurposing it into a lovely item with a new use. Although I’m not the most skilled in doing such things, at times I enjoy the challenge of making an old piece into something more attractive. And so began my project to update an old, scarred buffet. The finish was worn, and there were numerous scratches and dings. Some of the veneer had even pealed off at the bottom. It had definitely seen better days.

Over a long weekend, I sanded, patched, and painted. I invested a lot of hours into making the old piece look almost new. But really, the only thing new was the fancy drawer pulls I purchased. I felt a bit of pride in my efforts when done. The buffet looked so much better than the tired, battered thing it once was. But deep inside–I knew. I knew where every ding had been. I knew the places I’d filled and patched. I knew what was really underneath that new paint. When all was said and done, I still had an old piece of furniture just fancied up a bit.

Working on that buffet made me think about my life and God’s power. His Word tells us when we come to Him and are filled with His Spirit, we aren’t just refurbished. We become a new creation. The dings and scars of our old life are not just hidden; they are completely gone. God has given us a new heart and a new mind. We have new desires and new ambitions. We are headed in a new direction. “All things have become new.”

Satan would like to remind us of those old sins and the scars they left. He enjoys telling us we really aren’t worth much and underneath is still the “old me.” Not true. We can look him in the eye and declare, “I am totally brand new. I am a new creation in Christ and you no longer have control of my life!”

We are not reconditioned. We are brand new!

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for making me a new creation. My sinful life is gone, and my new life in You has begun. I no longer need to feel ashamed of the old habits, the old sins, the old desires. You have taken them away. You have made all things new in my life, and I am Yours.

Devotion by Mary Loudermilk

    “Their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night.” (Psalm 1:2 NASB).
    Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” The Bible agrees with this statement. God designed us to use our minds in living for Him. We are to memorize and digest the promises and laws found in the Bible. Faithful followers of Christ will allow the Word of God to “wash” their minds clean from the many other things in life that clamor for our attention. We are to carefully focus our minds on the Scriptures and mentally mull them over and over in our minds. What are you feeding your mind today?

Prayer:

    Teach me your laws, Lord. Train my mind to dwell on the good things of Your Word. Remind me of Your promises. Give me the strength to avoid unholy thoughts and actions. In Jesus Name, Amen.