September 28, 2017

Romans 12:1–2 (NLT) — 1 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.

2 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.

I put last weeks memory verse up because I want to remind us that when we give our bodies to God we are also giving him our minds. This perhaps is one of the most important parts of our bodies. All of our behavior starts with the thoughts that we are entertaining in our minds. We won’t do what we haven’t thought of.

Dr. Martin Luther King once told of riding the bus across town every day to attend high school. In those days blacks were required to sit at the backs of buses while whites sat in the front. Even if there weren’t any white people on the bus, blacks still could not sit in the front. If all the “black seats” were occupied, riders had to stand over the empty seats reserved for whites. “I would end up having to go to the back of that bus with my body,” said Dr. King, “but every time I got on that bus I left my mind up on the front seat. And I said to myself, ‘One of these days, I’m going to put my body up there where my mind is.’”

Our will is subject to our minds.

Marcus Aurelius wrote, “The most important things in life are the thoughts you choose to think.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson added, “A man is what he thinks about all day long.

Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV) — 7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.

What we are thinking will determine what we choose to do. The mind will choose what it thinks is best at the moment. This is why Paul says that we must let God change the way we think. Why God? Because only God is good.

A good example of this is found in Genesis. Up until she met the serpent Eve thought God’s Word which was God’s thoughts. The thoughts she was thinking was, “Don’t eat of the tree.” Eve allowed Satan to change the way she thought. As soon as she entertained thoughts that God’s will was not good, pleasing and perfect she sinned. She chose what she thought was best at the moment. And of course we all are suffering the consequences of those thoughts being carried out. You see only God is good.

James 1:13 (NLT) — 13 And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else.

So if we let a good God change the way we think our behavior will be good. Hopefully knowing that God is good and that there is no evil in Him, will motivate us to think God’s thoughts which he has written down for us in the Bible.

Mark 10:18 (NLT) — 18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good.

Psalm 86:5 (NLT) — 5 O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.

Psalm 119:68 (NLT) — 68 You are good and do only good; teach me your decrees.

James 1:17 (NLT) — 17 Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.

Paul knew all about God changing a person’s thinking. One day he was on his way to kill or imprison followers of Jesus. Then God changed his thinking and he became a follower of Jesus. See Acts 9

How has God changed your thinking?

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