First published by: Tell Them Ministries International
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship. 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.”
‘We often hear the saying ‘The battlefield is in our minds’, but more than often we forget and underestimate what a powerful statement this is. Our thoughts literally influence every aspect of our lives, our behaviour, and relationships. We end up having a really bad day at work because we woke up thinking about how ‘awfully’ long the week will be. We fight with our partners because we’re already thinking about how we’ll cope financially this month. We are miserable even before we get home at night because all the way on the bus we were thinking about ‘how we really don’t want to go home.
The crazy thing about all of this is, you actually have the ability to choose your thoughts! You have the ability to decide what stays and what has to go! What is good for you and what is bad! What will make you entirely miserable and what will give you hope! This may seem like an impossible task when emotions are high, but think about this for a few seconds…When the Lord instructed you to offer your body as living sacrifices it included your mind- your thoughts, the things you ponder upon, the day dreams, the planning ahead, the analysis of almost everything and sometimes even the ‘over-analysis’ of everything.
Our thoughts should be worship. Our minds should honor God;
Therefore, since you have been raised with Christ, strive for the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
Nearly everything God brings us through has happened by believing and confessing His Word. I recommend that you not only purposely think right thoughts, but that you go the extra mile and speak them out loud as personal confessions of faith (see Mark 4:24).
Our thoughts are not excluded from our reverence to God. It is a big part of it, Just as lifting our hands is a sign of surrender, choosing to think positively, choosing to believe what God says, choosing to think about his goodness is a sign of surrender as well.
Your thoughts are worship! Set them straight today…