Get your mind right!

Romans 12:2 New International Version (NIV)

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

Ephesians 4:23 New International Version (NIV)

23 be made new in the attitude of your minds

Conform means to comply with the rules, or standards. Do not comply with what life does to you, what the doctors say, what people say, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. You don’t have to comply with any of those things, you can comply with the Holy Spirit who is greater than anything else that can come against you. You begin to be transformed when the things and people of this world can no longer steal your peace and joy.

You begin to be transformed when the attitude of your mind says this is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. I will means you have decided to rejoice and be glad no matter what happens.

If you don’t get your mind right, everything you invest in yourself will fail because of a weak mind, or leak out (even pour out) of a mind that refuses to change. If you want to lose weight, get stronger, read the bible more, overcome low self-esteem, overcome lack of emotional control, whatever it is first get your mind right. Your body likes spinach, but your mind will tell you it likes donuts. The word of God is alive and powerful in the things you need to understand, but your mind will tell you it doesn’t have time to read it. You have to get your mind right. Just like you can have the will to rejoice and be glad, you can have the will to eat spinach, and study the word of God. (hopefully you can connect to those simple examples)

Get rid of envy, blaming others, blaming your childhood, pettiness, unforgiveness, etc get all of that poison out your mind. It is only hindering you, and wasting your precious time. You can’t afford to waste another year with an old mentality. You have to step into your moments with a new mind. You have to have a new perspective and way of looking at your situations and circumstances.

If you are letting people, things, expectations, whatever keep you from rejoicing and having peace you are wasting time being miserable. Let the past go, let the words go, let the hurts go, let it all go, forgive and go. Don’t waste another year, be transformed by the renewing of your mind. If you have Jesus, and you are still struggling, you can have a complete metamorphosis right now. None of the junk in the old mind is worth hanging on to anyway.

As a man thinks so is he. The devil doesn’t have to manifest, beat you up, and bind you in chains. He just has to chain your mind down with stress, worry, envy, jealousy, pride, low self-esteem, anger, pettiness, etc. If he can chain your mind, he can chain all of you. He can make you physically sick just by making your mind sick.

Today is the day for you to be transformed and free.

Setting your mind free will set your life free. A transformed mind = a transformed life.

How much time are you spending in the word of God?

When was the last time you opened your bible outside of church? When was the last time you got in the word just because you wanted to pursue, and know your Father? If you want to live your life kingdom first it will require you to seek Him, and His kingdom everyday simply because you want to know Him more, and understand His will for your life.

I think it is important to recognize, and understand that we are taking something in everyday even if it is subconsciously. For example, the culture around us is marketing to the level that the average person sees about 5,000 ads per day which adds up to about 2 million per year. This staggering number does not include watching, or scrolling through the news online. So we are clearly taking things in everyday whether we realize it or not. These marketing campaigns are meant to steer your thoughts, choices, decisions, goals, plans, vision, and ultimately your life. In understanding that I would say it is that much more important that we choose to spend time with God, and spend time in His word.

If we are taking in that much influence, and propaganda everyday, how much more do we need to be taking in God’s influence through His word. It is God’s word, and will that should be steering our thoughts, choices, decisions, goals, plans, vision, and our lives. What the Father delights in giving us is far more precious, and valuable than what these ads are offering.

I will take this just a little bit further. Through Jesus we as sons of the kingdom have been sown into this world(Matthew 13:38), and we have the message of the kingdom to share with those around us. I think that we should be diligent in the pursuit of our Father, and understanding His word so that we can be good carriers of the message of the kingdom, and His new covenant. What I mean is that as good stewards we can offer up 5,000 of our own ads for people to take in. I don’t mean everyone has to go hit the street corner, and start preaching. Simply by letting the Lord direct your course, and your life you will be like a flashing neon sign that sticks out among all of the other ads out there. Be living epistles.

If you are trying to live in a such a way that you align your life with the word of God you are going to stand out. Your family relationships, and structure will look different. How you handle your money will be different. How you view, and treat others will be different. How you operate at your place of employment, or in your business will be different. Furthermore, if you continue in His word you will continue to become different as you renew your mind daily. He will transform you into something greater than you ever thought you could be.

Here is my challenge to you all in your pursuit to living a kingdom first life…fill your hearts, and minds with His word everyday.

Live your life Kingdom first!

Levi