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5 minutes | Jan 11, 2019
REFORMATION: Thinking New Thoughts
Reformation is an intention to make a striking change for the better in your Christian life. Being reformed is about our minds. The mind, therefore, is a measure of a man (Colossians 3:1-2). If we have a reformation in our thinking, we will have a reformation in our actions. Reformation occurs as the Holy Spirit brings our thoughts into harmony with Christ’s thoughts. When this happens, our actions will follow. Reformation is all about Jesus, filling our minds, shaping our thoughts, and guiding our actions. When we behold Jesus, he will lead us to higher standards. One fact is that, we cannot look to Jesus and remain the same. When we think his thoughts, we have only one desire, which is to do his will. Here is one simple reality: It is impossible to develop deeply spiritual thoughts if we feed our minds with violence, immorality, greed and materialism. Our senses are the gateway to our mind. If our minds are bombarded with stimulating scenes, they would be molded by these sensual experiences rather than by the principles of God’s word. Youths around the world preparing for the second coming of Christ should reflect carefully before sacrificing their souls on the alters’ of the world’s enjoyment. Philippians 4:7 The good news is that Jesus has promised to safeguard our minds-if we let Him. Billy Graham said “You cannot stop the birds from flying over your head, but you can stop them from nesting in your hair”. In other words, thoughts will rush into your minds, but you can always choose whether to dwell upon them and allow them to dominate your thinking. To bring each thought into obedience to Christ is to surrender our minds to Jesus. Carnal thoughts are not banished by merely wishing them away. They are driven out as the mind is filled with something else. The mind that is focused on the positive principles of God’s word is the mind Safeguarded and kept by God’s grace from the wiles of the evil one One would ask, Is it possible to separate our physical, mental, emotional life from our spiritual life? The ultimate answer is, NO, whatever affects one part of the human frame affects all parts (Philippians 2:5).. That is, they are interconnected and could not be separated (1 Thessalonians 5:23; 1 Corinthians 6:19). Caring for our bodies by adopting a more healthful lifestyle does much more than a few years to our lives. Done with the right motives, it can be an act of worship itself (Romans 12:2, 3; John 10:10, 1 Corinthians 10:31). The Holy Spirit does not limit Himself to one aspect of our lives. The Spirit longs to bring our lives into total conformity to the will of Christ in every area. If there are physical lifestyle practices not in harmony with His will, God invites us to surrender them to His glory. Satan wants to control our minds through our bodies. Jesus longs to control our bodies through our minds. We are the temple of God and by following heaven’s principles as given to us in the Bible, we can live a more Christ-like, joy-filled, prolific and healthy life.
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