And be not conformed to this world but be ye transformed by the renewing (metamorphosis) of your mind. Let this mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus. For His ways are not my ways nor His thoughts my thoughts. So take every thought into captivity. As I think in my heart so am I. Without Christ and salvation it is impossible to think Gods thoughts after Him but after salvation we still need to allow the transformation and do the work for His thoughts to dominate.
STEPS FOR REWIRING THE BRAIN: (Don’t forget it takes three months of consistent effort to let the old programming die and the new to become the default automatic response.)
- ADMIT, the specific way of thinking that needs to change, thoughts of anxiety, anger, frustration, judgmentality, self contempt, works, rights, etc.
- DON’T YELL AT SELF for having the thoughts. This just leads to pretending that I have already arrived and am already perfect. The Lord isn’t caught by surprise that I have fallen back into old lines of reasoning. He know the clay of which I am made.
- ASSURE MY BRAIN that it is OK TO LET GO of the round and round worry or motivation with self contempt, or protecting myself with bitter review of hurts etc. The brain thinks that it will find solutions by continuing to worry. NO! It is really fine to cast all my cares on Him. He really does care for me.
- ASK “What does God want me to do about the thing I am focusing on right now? If He wants me to do, then do! If it is not my job, then don’t! If it can’t be done till later, then how will I remember? then let it go. If there is nothing for me to do right now then:
- REFOCUS by asking the following questions:
a. Where am I right now and what is going on in front of me?
b. What has God given me? Savor and steward it.
c. Who has God placed in my life? Cherish and encourage and build and relate to them.
d. What can I do? Then do it with all my might.
6. REST IN THE JOY OF OBEDIENCE. No matter the outcome I am a success if I have obeyed.
Doing the right thing and pulling our mind away from all the negatives and grabbing ahold of the current obedience often produces a temporary increase in stress. Diets produce hunger then weight loss, Exercise produces soreness then strength. Prayer produces distraction and then a greater focus on God. Confronting sin produces tension and then restoration. I thing that one of the main reasons that I want to do good and then don’t and don’t want to do evil and then do, or I get started in the right direction and then quit: is that I tend to equate obedience with uncomfortable effort and increased stress and tension. I need to rejoice in the effort and tension of obedience itself, and not just in the eventual hoped for result.