When you entertain certain thoughts in the privacy of your own mind, you may be tempted to excuse yourself by saying, “What harm can it do” A lot! The truth is you become whatever you meditate on! ( Proverbs 23:7- For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. When evil sets out to tear you down, it doesn’t start with an act; it starts with a thought. No thoughts are yours just because they come into your mind. No, they only become yours when you allow them to move in and rearrange the furniture. (smiles)
I discovered that a thought left to ramble through your mind, can attach itself to a weakness or an event in your past and feed on it. The stronger it grows the weaker you become, until finally, all your strength is drained away. Don’t let that happen to you! There are some old clothes you’ve got to take off when you commit yourself to a God-given goal-like old thinking pattern, old attitudes, and old behaviours. Sadly, many people spend their life looking for the right ways to do the wrong things. You may not want to admit that you’re still wearing those old clothes, but the truth is you can’t put on the new man until you first take off the old one.
Furthermore, you can’t hang those old clothes in a closet for a rainy day, or leave them on the floor to be tripped over. You’ve got to get rid of them. If you’re a thief, stop stealing. Begin using your hands for honest work. Give generously to others in need. Don’t use foul or abusive languages. Let everything you say be helpful so your words are an encouragement to those who hear them.
Is such a lifestyle possible? Yes! Because Gods spirit lives in you, you don’t have to compromise your faith to please someone, you don’t have to lie to advance your position, steal to be prosperous, deceive to achieve, use anger as a control mechanism, or engage in corrupt communication.
When God tells you to take off the old man and put on the new one, he’s talking about having the right mindset and a big part of that is; Learning to be content. Get rid of the idea that more is better. The desire for more is insatiable. As long as you believe more is better you’ll never be satisfied because you’ll never live long enough to have it all. The next time the “more is better ” feeling hits you, immediately remind yourself that it doesn’t work, because the same mindset that wants more now will want more even later.
Love and Blessings ❤❤
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