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Change your thinking

'Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.' Philippians 4:8 NLT

When we become Christians, we accept God's gift of salvation, and God works in us to make our nature more Christlike. We don't suddenly become Christlike - it's a lifelong process. And part of that process involves changing the way we think - from a worldly, negative and limiting mindset to a heavenly, positive and Kingdom mindset. That's not easy when we've spent our lives thinking a certain way, but it's something God requires us to invest effort into. A change in thinking requires discipline and determination.

The quality of fuel we put into something determines its performance. Imagine you owned a racehorse. If you only fed it cheap, poor quality food, you couldn't expect it to win races. It's the same with your mind. You have to feed it the best things you can. Our minds absorb and reflect whatever they're exposed to: events we attend, relationships we have, materials we read, music we listen to, images we're exposed to, conversations we engage in. Whatever occupies our thoughts shapes our minds and eventually our characters and our future.

The Bible says, 'Don't copy the behaviour 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).

So what now? Start each day this week by reading Philippians 4:8 and Romans 12:2, then ask God to help you fill your mind with thoughts that are 'excellent and worthy of praise'.

Soulfood: Ex 16-18 Jn 2:1-11 Ps 23 Pro 26:10-12,

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