“And be not fashioned according to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, and ye may prove what is acceptable and perfect will of God.”

Romans 12:2 

“Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” Once that happens, you find yourself no longer conforming to the pattern of the world but to the will of God. Our behavior will change, when our thinking changes. If there is no change in your behavior, question your thinking. If someone says, “I believe in tithing” but do not tithe then he doesn’t believe in it. You only really believe the parts of the Bible that you obey.

Change always starts in the mind, so you got to start with the mind. The way you think determines the way you feel and the way you feel determines the way you act. If you want to change the way you act, you must determine the way you think. You can’t start with the action; you have to start with the thought.

If you want to see a change in your life, change your beliefs first. Jesus said, “You will know the truth and it will set you free” (John 8:32). Trying to change your behaviour without a change in your belief is a waste of time. If you ask a person to change before his mind is renewed, it won’t work. He’s got to internalize God’s Word first and occupy the mind with the truth, or the enemy will fill it with his lies. We cannot afford to leave it unoccupied.

Someone describes it this way: Your belief patterns are in your mind. Every time you think about a belief, it creates an electrical impulse across your brain. Every time you have that thought again, it creates a deeper rut. Over time, a mindset is formed. When people have learned something over and over, being taught by the world’s way of thinking, they’re programmed to go that way. If we want to change that, and align it back to God’s truth permanently, we have to do it the ‘New Testament’ way, you have to be transformed by the renewing of your mind, by the constant feeding of the truth of God’s Word.

Life change happens only after you change your thinking. And the thinking can only be changed by the Word of God, when applied to us by the Holy Spirit. We let the Word sinks in and you do not quench the Spirit; don’t grieve the Spirit, simply accept the way God thinks, even when we don’t fully understand it.

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