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Introduction to Renewing the Mind

Here goes nothing. I am just going to rip off this bandage and go with it. Life prepares us for a number of things that we do not always plan to go through. In that being said, I have been equipped with a number of tools that have helped me to get through some very tough times. I am here to share with you some of those experiences and how God has been there to guide me through them.

While going through a divorce, I went through a period where I was so lost. I was in college, and I was taking a number of different courses that taught me a lot of different concepts that I had never heard before. It created a lot of confusion, and it really threw me off. When I was trying to make sense of everything, I felt like I had no one to talk to. There was no one there to guide me and to help me to understand what they were talking about. I felt torn to pieces, and I started to search for answers to the questions on my own.

Sometimes as Christians, we can get so caught up in ourselves and what we are doing that we pass by those who are hurting and need answers. I, sadly, do it too. I am no better than anyone else. I do recognize that this is true and want to change for the better. This blog is a step in the direction towards helping others to achieve hope and life.

What is important is to know that no one has all the answers. Sometimes we can spend years searching for something that we may never find. Sometimes I will think I have it all figured out and then a new revelation comes that completely opens me up to new concepts.

I will tell you that I spent about 30 years trying to figure out who I was and what I wanted to be when I grew up. The enemy tried to distract me, deter me, and lead me off the wrong paths. I was led a number of years by my emotions, until God got a hold of me. Then my world changed. God taught me how to not be control by my thoughts and emotions but to be led by the Holy Spirit.

I am going to tell you right now that your EMOTIONS are a LIAR. We have a choice to choose to feel an emotion or not to. We have a choice to believe the thought that comes into our mind or not. Truth be told. It is easier said than done. It took years with God’s help and guidance, to renew my mind. Ephesians 4:17-24 says,

17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed. 20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

We can only gain the mind of Christ when we put off the things of this world. We have to go through a transformation of our mind and put off our self and our desires, to be made new. Then when we do, God’s thoughts and ways become our thoughts and ways. We have a desire to do what God wants us to do in life and not what we think that we may want.

Once I figured this out, I was able to break free from all the thoughts that weighed me down. I had to fill myself up with the truth of the Word of God and have less of the world in me. I had to saturate myself with the Word of God and who God told me I was. I had to learn how to love myself. I knew God loved me, but I did not know why he loved me and how he seen me. Do you know who God says you are? I will leave you with that thought.

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