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10.5.18 – Renewal

Do you ever feel like some days you’ve been in a wrestling match?

Lately it’s been like that for me, especially the last day or two…

I know what is true, and yet I’ll find my mind starting to believe what isn’t. Then I’ll slap myself in the face (sometimes literally haha) and say, “What are you thinking?” and then I’ll replace it with what I know is true and ask the Holy Spirit for help…… and then repeat that over and over, whenever I need it again….

In 2 Corinthians 10:5, it tells us that we are to “demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

But I’ve found that some days are more of a battle than others, and when that happens, I just have to battle. The thing I can’t do is become apathetic about it, no matter how tired I get, I’ve got to keep the truth of the Word within me, ready to use to defend and fight back. I’ve got to ask myself, “Does this line up with who the Word says I am in Christ?”

Ephesians 6:12 says,

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

So I’m just going to say this here,

It is written that I have the mind of Christ…

1 John 2:20 says,

“For, “Who can know the LORD’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?” But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ

Ok, but how do I live this?

Romans 12:2 says,

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Then I’ve got to fill my mind with these things that will push out the things that don’t belong there…

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” –Philippians 4:8

Then it all starts to fall into place.

I just saw this picture in my head…

I have this plant that I got in the Fall of last year, that’s when you are supposed to plant them apparently, but when I first got this plant it didn’t look so good- it grew a little bit, it was a vine that grew up a trellis, but then it just didn’t do well and started shriveling and looking dead. I tried cutting it back some here and there, just didn’t do well. So someone told me to just cut it down to the ground, get rid of the old and dead, and let it come back new and see what happens. So I did. I cut it back and you couldn’t even tell it was any plant at all at that time, but then it started growing and came back a healthy, brand new plant, completely transformed and flourished beyond what I ever expected…

…and blooming like crazy.

–Heather

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