Change: Stinkin’ Thinkin’!

There’s an old saying, “If nothing changes, nothing changes.” As believers in Christ Jesus, we are called to change. Join me this week and consider some aspects of change in our lives as we walk with the Lord. Is there anything that you need changed?


Stinkin’ Thinkin’!

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Romans 12:2, NLT

Wednesday_Day_Three_Pic-New_Mindset_Stickies“If only I could stop doing such and such! I really must stay away from that, or them, or whatever the temptation is. After all, shouldn’t I try really hard to behave differently from the world now that I’m a Christian?” Have you ever had ideas like these rolling around in your brain unit?

Read today’s Dose verse. It tells us to allow God to change our thinking, so that how He wants us to behave will be clear. Our behavior and habits will change when our thought patterns change. I haven’t read anywhere in the Bible that if we try really hard, we can, by our own willpower, stop copying worldly habits and behaviors. This is just stinkin’ thinkin’. But if you’re like me, you tend to hold onto that ol’ stinkin’ thinkin’ way past any point of usefulness it may have ever held for you.

Stinkin’ thinkin’ says, “I believe God saved me, but now I need to do my part and change all of my behavior.” But what do you do when that vulgar language you still use (despite your best efforts to cease) starts to sound really bad in your own ears? How about that awkward and uncomfortable feeling you get now when you participate in gossip, like you’ve done many times before, especially if you’ve at any point informed your fellow gabby-gossips of your conversion to Christianity?

Could it be that the awkwardness of these situations are all indicators that the Holy Spirit is alive and working in your heart, prompting you to change how you think? We behaved in certain ways because on some level, we could live with that behavior without feeling increasingly uncomfortable. When we follow the practices and behaviors of this world, we plunge right into selfish patterns and damaging reliance on unhealthy people and things.

As a believer, we’re now being convicted that continuing in our ungodly thoughts, habits, and behaviors is not honoring to God, our testimony, or our new lives.

God desires to change us from inside outward. As we follow the prompting of the Holy Spirit in our lives, He works changes in us, which transforms us into new people, and we accordingly demonstrate outward changes in what we say and do.

Be encouraged today in knowing that God will help us change our ungodly behaviors as we allow Him to change how we think.

Precious one, don’t you want to be changed from stinkin’ thinkin’?

By grace through faith,


Stinkin’ Thinkin’: No Nests Allowed

Life and peace? Yes, please!

All around us things clamor for our attention, making peace a seemingly elusive concept just out of our reach at times. Paul tells the Romans a mind set on the Spirit leads to life and peace. That sounds great, but how do we do that? How do we take our minds off of our flesh and set them on the Spirit?

Stick around this week and see what God’s word has to say about it …


No Nests Allowed

… and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV

birdnestI was catching up with my friend on the phone one morning when she got a call from her father-in-law. Since he rarely calls her, she decided to take it. I hung up the phone and sat myself in the floor to help my little guy with a puzzle when the thought hit me right out of absolutely nowhere: he was calling with bad news. Clearly, that was the only “logical” reason for him to be calling. Why else would he call? In less than 10 seconds, I went from doing a Disney puzzle with my two year old to mentally trying to make childcare arrangements. Why did I need childcare arrangements? Because I might need to travel to be with my friend who may have just found out that she was a widow with three young kids. Y’all, my mind can actually do that in such a short period of time. I’m not proud of that.

Each of us have tens of thousands of thoughts that enter our minds each day, and since we’re among friends, we can be honest: some of them are less than pleasing to the Lord.

Maybe you don’t put yourself through imaginary emotional turmoil like I did, but our minds go places they just shouldn’t go. Maybe for you, you have created a safe haven in your mind for thoughts rooted in anger or lust? Maybe you harbor thoughts rooted in jealousy? Maybe you struggle with worry also? I’ve heard it said that you can’t keep a bird from flying over your head, but you can keep it from building a nest. Sister, we have to keep that bird from building a nest!

We may be slower to submit our thought life to God because our thoughts are private. For many of us, we don’t even recognize many of our thoughts as sinful because they have been with us for as long as we can remember. They feel natural to us. Comfortable even. I don’t even realize I’m worrying most of the time!

While our thoughts may be hidden from others, nothing is hidden from God. They lie naked and exposed before Him.

As followers of Christ, submitting our minds to Him is essential. Are you willing to invite Him to take control?

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

Psalm 139:23-24, NLT

Taking thoughts captive,