The simplicity and gentleness of this song are truly Godlike. Surrendering our hearts for God to see and heal, expresses the desire of his nature, to love and to live in us as to experience his presence and understand his nature. Jesus is so beautiful and compassionate, let's not lose sight of him in the ruts of daily living.
How much of our thinking, agendas, lifestyles and behaviour actually lines up with scripture? What is your way of making sure it does? Or are you content, for whatever reason, and there might be many, to conform your lives to those pressures and influences, subtle and not so subtle, from anywhere but God.
God speaks to us for a reason: to reveal himself to us and reveal who he is, what he thinks and share his life and plans with us. The purpose of this is so we might conform our life to him and not conform his word to our life. Life choices are often made from such subtle influences and hard to detect. The Holy Spirit helps us in this. He lives in us and engages with us to reveal God's purposes for us. He confirms or invalidates the things we choose to believe and intend to act on. Why not ask the Holy Spirit NOW to search your heart and to confirm or invalidate your choices of belief and the way in which you arrived at your belief? You might find it interesting. Psalm 139:23-24, Romans 12:2.
If you have ever discussed someone’s personal issues with them, the chances are that at some point you will have unearthed a lie, or maybe several lies, probably about themselves. A lie so beguiling that it had hijacked their whole pattern of life and made them a slave to it. Others, find it easier, or preferable, to believe the lies because lies will often tell us what we want to hear or what makes us feel better about ourselves. The truth though will present us with a quotation, a costing of what it will take for changes to be made. This cost sometimes is too much and so we ignore the need for change and carry on believing the lie. I wonder if that’s what was in Jesus’ mind when he spoke about the difficulty of putting new wine into old wineskins? Mark 2:22. The old wineskins are those whose, ‘truth and reality’, would not stand the pressure of accepting something they knew to be the truth. The cost of change being too much for them that eventually something would give. The renewed mind doesn’t come without the need for change. The Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth, an essential ingredient for the renewed mind and transformed life, but it is for you to take hold of it and let it be the initiator for the change you need.
Wouldn't it be great if all we had to do is put on our thinking cap every time we had a difficult decision to make? Life would be so much easier, wouldn't it? But how would our skills at thinking develop or become more discerning if this were to happen? I have met some believers who have it in their mind that the Holy Spirit does all the thinking for them and all they have to do is follow when given the answer. This is all well and good until the day they get an answer they don't like, an answer that means they may have to do things differently or stop doing something completely. So, thinking on its own, and even getting the right answer is no guarantee one will apply the right answer. Conforming to God's purposes is essential if we are to live out of a renewed mind. Being in partnership, as it were, with the Holy Spirit to glorify God in who we are and what we do.
Interesting 5 min video on decision fatigue: that part of us that gets worn out when we have to make too many decisions as part of our every day lifestyle. If you have 5 mints to spare it's worth a watch. Not necessarily about the renewed mind but it offers some useful thoughts.
Often we deal with life and its challenges in the same way every time without thinking things through, considering our options or the fallout of our decisions. This, 'type of thinking', may save us time but it is destined to create greater issues for us down the line. God has a lot of things to say about our thinking and our thoughts. Understanding God's purposes for our lives comes out of thinking differently, the renewed mind, without it there's no life transformation. Romans 12:2.
I just love the way the wind has played a part in shaping this tree. It's roots, branches and leaves have been open to gentle breezes and strong gales, both of which have shaped it and strengthened it. It reminds me of Romans 12:2: we're asked not to conform to this world, not to be shaped by it, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds; allowing our minds, attitudes and behaviour to be exposed to the gentle, and sometimes powerful, nurturing of the Spirit of God. There is nothing more beautiful than to see a person whose life has been transformed to the likeness of Jesus. The Father delights in his children as he sees them keep in step with his Spirit and bears the fruit of his purposes. Who or what are you shaped by?
Steve Howell: born in Birmingham, (ever so long ago), now in Weston super Mare. Walked with God 46 years. Teaches, mentors and loves discussing the renewed mind and the transformed life. Developed Rethink 16 years ago as a course designed to help those affected by social disruption ...read more