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X Is for ‘Xcellent Thoughts

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And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. . . . Then the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9   We’ve talked a lot about change from the inside out. But what does that really look like? What is God’s role and what is my role? Generally, your role is to cooperate with God, always giving Him permission to work in your life in all areas. There’s little to do but to focus on God (not your actions or attitudes). God won’t think your thoughts for you. You can choose to access your Spirit-controlled mind or you can choose to slide into worldly thinking or the thoughts of your old sinful self. It’s not so much that you’re doing anything to create change, as it is a matter of participating in change by following the...

S Is for Spirit-Controlled Mind

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So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. Romans 8:6   Whether you realize it or not, you’re involved in mind-control games. That sounds like something out of a psychological thriller, but the fact is you have a choice about who controls your mind. You can let your sinful nature control your mind. However, you’ll recall that you sinful nature was crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20). Your old self is dead. But sometimes it can still be a default setting until we master the control issue. Of course, the better choice is to let the Spirit control your mind. When we do, our thoughts and choices become more Christ-like. A spirit-controlled mind leads to life and peace. That’s what I want. How about you?     Get This Series as a Free PDF   Transformed by God: An A to Z Guide to Experiencing Change from...