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Change your thinking 1

'Those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.' Romans 8:5 NIV

To become the person God wants us to be, we need to set our minds on the right things. This is easier said than done, particularly when our circumstances are tough and our immediate problems take over our lives. We may feel powerless to change anything in our lives, but we're not. Circumstances can impact our lives and make us feel certain emotions. We might not be able to change what's happening, but we can change how we think about what's happening. The way we think inevitably reflects the way we live.

So, to become the best version of ourselves, we need to think thoughts that line up with God's truth. Even though the process to healthy thinking can be hard going, we can rest in the knowledge that we don't have to do it on our own. The Bible says: 'Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think' (Romans 12:2 NLT). God's Word can help us to think with faith instead of fear, assurance instead of anxiety, and joy instead of negativity.

Paul says: 'Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things' (Philippians 4:8 NIV). When our minds are 'set on what the Spirit desires', our lives will begin to change for the better.

So what now? Write down the thoughts you've been having about a tough situation you're facing. Then take the time to read the Bible to fill your mind with God's Word instead.

Soulfood: Isa 45-48, Matt 12:38-50, Ps 120, Pro 3:33-35

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