JESUS GAVE ME A NEW THOUGHT LIFE!
I was reflecting the other day about how much my life has changed since I’ve heard the good news of the gospel. My greatest personal breakthrough, as a result of the message, has occurred in the way I think. One night I was in my condo sitting on the couch, and Jesus just walked into the room. The lights were all off, it was late, and my wife was studying in the other room. God’s presence was so strong, and I began to worship him from the sweetness and overflow of my heart. As I sang a new song to him, tears began flowing down my face when I sang the words, “Lord, you’ve given me a new thought life!”
ECSTATIC BECAUSE OLD THOUGHTS HAVE NO HOLD
The tears ran down my face. For years even after Jesus came into my heart at 16, I was still being tortured with condemnation. Thoughts like, “you still need to please God, you’re not living holy enough.” Or a lustful thought would come across my mind and then here comes the voice, “see, you’re a terrible Christian because you still struggle with lust. You’re never going to get free, so you might as well sin. After all, everybody has something they’re hiding.”
RENEWAL OF THE MIND
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
My tears while sitting on the couch that night were tears of joy. Because I finally had believed that in Christ, I’m spotless. In Christ, my old sinful man was nailed to the cross with him, and buried with him. The truth of “being raised with Christ” and having “the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead, now living in me” became something I believed.
Romans 8:1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus…Boom! (sound effect added)
BEGIN CONQUERING YOUR THOUGHT LIFE
Being “more than a conqueror” in Christ is a process of continually overcoming enemies that intend to hinder our transformation into God’s image. However, I believe transformation truly occurs when our minds become renewed. Transformation into Christ’s image is a by product of the renewing of the mind.
Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Encountering the Father’s love, seeing myself how he sees me, and taking ownership of my new nature in Christ has been something that radically freed my thought life. As a matter of fact, it’s made it all brand new!
OWN ONLY CHRIST
Let me ask you, do you still experience thoughts of shame? Thoughts of guilt? Thoughts of condemnation? I understand these thoughts feel very real! The good news is, that in Christ we can’t take any ownership of those thoughts. It’s silly to, because Christ’s accomplishment on the cross paid the price for those thoughts. He came to give us life, and life abundantly.
In my next post, I’ll peer deeper into some helpful principles that have helped me steward this life of freedom. Be expectant, it’s going to be good!
Equipping you to conquer,