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August 20, 2017, 5:00 AM

How does your mind control your actions?


Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:13

 

Proverbs 25:28 says that a person without self-control is as defenseless as a city with broken-down walls. Each one of us must have a way of dealing with the world when it doesn’t make sense. This is why resting, renewing our minds and capturing out thoughts is so critical to our spiritual formation and battle over freaking out. Captive thoughts prepare one to see correctly. Scripture spends a great deal of energy focusing on the importance of conquering our mind: setting our mind (Colossians 3:2), renewing our mind (Romans 12:2), submitting our mind (Psalm 26:2), and preparing our mind (1 Peter 1:13). Our thoughts and what controls our mind determine the way in which we experience God.

 

Yet, the importance of capturing our thoughts and renewing our mind are rarely stressed in Christian circles and even more rarely practiced as a spiritual discipline. We let our thoughts run wild in our mind with little to no self-control. This, in turn, causes us to struggle to experience an intimate relationship with Christ and trust in Him when our world is thrown off kilter. We don’t realize their is a battle going on for our heart and mind.  The struggle over our mind is really a struggle over who we are. Beginning to live in the knowledge that we are His beloved will help us in any struggles that we might face in life. In this war we find ourselves in, we must replace all those lies we focus on with the truth of who we are in Christ.

 

What controls our mind often determines our actions. We become what we set our minds on. The first step in renewing our minds is remembering who we are in Christ. It is crucial we align our perspective with what it is true, solid, good and right. Only then will we begin to realize that God is ultimately in control of every situation we face. How does your mind control your actions?

 

This is my Prayer: Father God, often when I am freaking out my mind is all over the place. Lord help me to renew and prepare my mind for those moments when I am tempted to worry or overact. Jesus may I see the situation I am facing through a different lens, one that is guided through Your love for me. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.


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