This past week I started a devotional with Pastor Craig Groeschel called (you guessed it!), Words to Live By. [<– Full sermon available by clicking on the hyperlink]. I love the way that he sheds a whole new light to the way we think and how our thinking affects our lives! Within his passage, he states:
Our lives move in the direction of our strongest thoughts.
This statement brings us right back to scripture and is confirmed in Romans 12:2 – 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.
See, it’s not just mind over matter or your own will power. It is allowing God to step in after you’ve done everything that you can do and allow Him the opportunity to renew your mind♥
Pastor Craig Groeschel provides us with a couple of fantastic questions that will help us with some hard truths and allow us some growth at the same time.
- What negative thoughts are dominating your thinking?
- My struggle: I am not enough.
- What spiritual truth will demolish these strongholds?
- My truth: Christ within me is more than enough.
What strongholds are or have been weighing you down? What are the spiritual truths that will break those chains? Pastor Craig also suggests writing down declarations to assist in changing the way we think. Follow this link for further guidance in this area: finds.life.church/words.
Exercising spiritually is honestly the same as exercising in any other form, whether it be studying for a test or working out in the gym, it’s creating a muscle memory. What is the best way to start your day? Put God first. Rather than starting the day with Facebook and all of the controversy that flows through our news feeds, open the Bible App and start with the Verse of the Day. Let us start our new year with encouraging and uplifting declarations: let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. [Eph. 4:23]
With love in Christ,