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Transformation #3—Transforming Thoughts

Do not conform yourselves to our current culture. Rather, transform yourself by renewing your mind so you can experientially confirm what the will of God is—that which is good, soul-satisfying and well-designed. Romans 12:2

Picture an ox-drawn wagon traveling down a wet dirt road; then another cart and another and another … Imagine how deep the ruts will become as the line continues, and how difficult it will be to break out of the ruts when we discover the destination is undesirable. Our minds are like this; the more we think about something, the harder it is not to think about it—we become stuck in a rut. Since what we think about determines our attitudes and actions, and these determine our future, changing ourselves requires that we first change our minds. We can make new mental ruts, that will take us to a new destination, by eagerly considering the future grace Jesus has secured for us. When we do, we’ll be able to experientially confirm that God’s well-designed way of living is good (will enable us to fulfill our potential as human beings) and will satisfy our souls. So, he says that it is good for us to act justly and with extravagant kindness as we live humbly before him. We can also renew our minds by thinking about whatever is true, worthy of respect, just, pure, lovely, and commendable today; concentrating on what is excellent or praiseworthy will transform us.

O wise God, let me think your thoughts after you so I’ll discover that your wisdom is pure, peaceable, gentle, accommodating, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and not hypocritical.

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