Week 5 – Sharpening our thinking

And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes],

Romans 12:2

Consider the following statement: We choose to shape our lives (our thinking) on the knowledge of those around us.

In the age we find ourselves today, information is freely available to everyone. No longer can we use the excuse “I don’t know” as it only takes us a few minutes to go onto our phone and search for the answer. Don’t know the answer? Google it.

This has saved us all a lot of time, making our lives significantly easier. However, it has also shaped our perception of life leaving many wondering what really is true today. With so much information out there, how do you distinguish what is truth and what is not?

One of the main ways the enemy breaks us down is through our thinking. In breaking us down in this area, he begins by shaping our thinking – who we think we are and what we think others might think about us. What we think is often mere lies, but still we are left wondering whether it is true or not.

Consequently, this is also how we choose to shape our thinking today: by listening to others instead of finding out the truth for ourselves. Our world finds itself in an information-overloaded society and if we are not careful, all this will sweep us up as well.

Rarely do people desire to open up the Word of God for themselves to hear the many truths He has for them to discover. No! It’s much easier to simply tune in to a church service online and listen to all the random sermons floating around out there. Granted, there are many sincere, truth filled, Bible based teachings to discover that will certainly help you in your journey with the Lord. But how do you discern the lies in the sea of doctrine today? By learning to read God’s Word for yourself.

They say when bank tellers are taught to discern the counterfeit from the real note, they show them what a real note looks and feels like. They don’t show them the various counterfeits; just what is real.

Likewise, when it comes to Truth, we can discover it for ourselves by simply doing the following:

  1. Commit yourself to reading a portion of scripture each and every single day.
  2. Before reading the Word, ask Holy Spirit to illuminate the passage you are about to read. Without Him, you are as one walking around in a dark room looking for the light switch.
  3. Start with the Gospels – It’s here where you’ll find yourself listening to (being shaped by) the very words of Jesus Himself (Jesus’ words are generally highlighted in red).

If you desire to shape your thinking to become intellectually mature, then you need to shape it by filling it with the Truth.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, I thank you that I do not have to be led astray in a world filled and led by deception. Thank You for giving us Your Word. Help me to build and shape my life (my thinking) around this. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

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