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Transformed Thinking 

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Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. 

Philippians 2:5                                                                                                                                   

The beginning of Romans 12 says, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” As a man thinks in his heart, so he is. Paul was very aware of this when he pointed out that the Christian witness was a struggle for people’s minds, as well as, their hearts. In speaking of the arguments and pretensions that oppose the knowledge of God, he pointed out that we must take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ (II Cor. 10:5).

There is no such thing as business morality vs. Christian morality, market place ethics vs. church ethics, political standards vs. spiritual standards. There is only one morality, one ethic — the one Christ taught. That is what should guide all our thinking and decision-making. All other philosophies are false. Some modern “Christian” teaching ignores this fact.Many days are not nice. One does not always feel fine. Positive gobbledygook does not solve the problems we face. The only answer is truth as it is revealed in Christ, and a mind filled with, and subject to, that truth, with a heart yielded to the Author of truth, the Lord Jesus Himself.

The answer to cleaning up and stabilizing our thought life to the glory of God is just what the Apostle Paul says — “take captive every thought that comes to mind and make it obedient to Christ.” We are to be like-minded with Christ, having the same love, spirit, purpose, selflessness, humility and generosity, which He did.  

bible-3.jpg  For this to take place, we need daily to follow the advice given to us in Psalm 119:9: “How shall a young man cleanse his ways? By taking heed according to thy Word” (Ps. 119:9,10). We must turn our hearts toward God’s statutes, and not toward selfish gain. We need to turn our eyes away from worthless things (Ps. 119:37). We must understand that “the unfolding of (God’s) Words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple”(Ps.119:130).

Only by looking at every trial, problem or need through the lens of God’s Word — Only by faith in all that is revealed therein — Only with a heart and mind yielded to Christ and the obedience to His Word; might we escape the pressures of this world which seek to form us into its mold. Only thus, with transformed minds, will we know God’s good, pleasing and perfect will. Pray that God would help, and allow your mind to be constantly renewed in Him.

Suggested Scripture Reading:

Psalm 25:4, Proverbs 3:5 & 6, Proverbs 23:7, Isaiah 26:3

Romans 12:16, 1 Corinthians 2:16, Philippians 4:8

Prayer – Dear Heavenly Father – Help me to guard my mind, so that I would have the mind of Christ filling my thoughts and actions. Your ways are true, and lead to a fulfilling life that You have for me. Guide me daily in Your clear path of hope and promise, that will always honor and glorify You. Amen

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If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

Christians are being asked to pray for Baghdad for at least one minute a day. The Baghdad Prayer Patrol has been organized by the ministry, prayercentral.net. “We put together the Baghdad Prayer Patrol to help mobilize a fresh surge of prayer for the troops that are going to Baghdad, specifically, at this time,” says Wayne Dillard, the ministry’s director. He is asking Christians to set aside political feelings about the conflict in Iraq. “It doesn’t matter what your political position is,” says Dillard, “there is a conflict going on and we need to do all that we can to get our troops home as quickly as possible — and I think prayer is an important part of that.”

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Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14

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Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting (encouraging) one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Hebrews 10:25

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Jesus said, By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13:35

So we, being many, are one body in Christ… Romans 12:5

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If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

Pray as they continue to serve faithfully in Afghanistan, Iraq, Korea, Japan, Sudan and many other parts of the world. Give thanks for their sacrifice, and bring them and their needs before God constantly. Also, pray for their families as they do without a loved one. Pray for every soldier who has been injured, and is going through recovery; and  for those who have lost loved ones.

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If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

Pray for our President and leaders in Congress, as well as, for our state and local officials. Pray that they would be drawn closer to God in their decision making — not closer to the world.

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