Since coming back from my medical leave in 2007 I have learned a lot about changes that I have needed to make in my life. I have learned about how to be a better communicator, how to be a better listener, how to handle conflict in healthier ways, how to differentiate myself and a whole host of other good things.
Learning about these things has been good but real change isn’t going to happen unless I actually put these things into practice, right? A big part of putting these things into practice is first dealing with my thought life (specifically faulty thoughts and beliefs).
Before I can I truly bring about real change in my life I have to first deal with the faulty beliefs/thoughts that have led to my unhealthy patterns/ways of doing things.
The Bible has a lot to say about this. Romans 12:2 says:
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
The biblical word translated as “transform” here is a term from which we get the word “metamorphosis.” Morphing starts in the mind, with a different way of thinking.
To bring about this transformation of the mind we must actively take control of our thoughts today. We can’t be passive or lazy about them. This involves hard work!
We need to learn to recognize destructive thoughts
A big part in overcoming faulty and destructive thoughts is being able to recognize them. The way we do this is by taking our thoughts and comparing them to the truth (God’s word).
Jesus told us that the truth will set us free! We have to remember what God says about us.
When I hear a voice in my head saying that I am not worthy and God doesn’t care about me, I counter that by speaking God’s Word to myself. I have to remind myself of Scripture that override the faulty thoughts that play in my mind.
Two great passages of Scripture that remind me of God’s love for me are:
“There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
In doing this I let God’s word establish what is true and what is not true for me.
How could your life be different if you thought differently?