MONDAY, OCTOBER 7
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Romans 12:2 (ESV)
THE CULTURE’S BATTLE FOR MY MIND
There is a famous scene in Peter Pan. Peter is in the children’s bedroom; they have seen him fly; and, they wish to fly too. They have tried it from the floor, and they have tried it from the beds, and the result is failure. “How do you do it?” John asked. And Peter answered: “You just think lovely, wonderful thoughts and they lift you up in the air.” That sentiment is a little sappy, but it also contains a measure of truth. The only way to defeat evil thoughts is to learn to think differently.
The greatest conflict that every believer will encounter is the battle for the control of our minds. We are commanded to not allow the world to squeeze us into its way of thinking in Romans 12:2. The Apostle Paul wrote, “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.” And the Apostle John defined the ways of the world by saying, ““For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.”(1 John 2:16 ESV)
Did you know that the average person has 10,000 separate thoughts each day? That works out to be 3.5 million thoughts per year. If you live to be 75, you will have over 26 million different thoughts. God gave you 10,000 thoughts today, but it’s up to you what you do with them. Romans 12:2 promises if we change the way we think we will be able to know God’s good, acceptable and perfect will is for our lives. Pray now and ask God to show you areas of your thinking that are worldly and not godly. Ask God to begin to renew the way you think about life.