“Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
I was recently having a conversation with someone about the necessity as a chef to keep ones kitchen and working sections in a clean and orderly fashion. I explained that as soon as you start working in a mess, immediately you fall behind with your work, your mind starts to get clogged up, you start panicking and lo and behold, you have a pile of orders queuing up with customers waiting for their meals. The most important thing to do is to keep your section as clean as possible. As a chef I once worked with said, ‘a clean ship is a happy ship’.
The same is with our minds. The writer of Romans wisely says that our mind is the key to living a life contrary to how the world expects us to live. Without a doubt our minds dictate our lifestyles. When we think bad and sinful thoughts, it is not long after that we find ourselves living it out in the flesh. In order to live a holy life, we must first ask God to purify our hearts and MINDS. It is only then that we are able to live as God wants and intended us to. However how can we control what goes into our mind?
We can protect our mind by taking authority from firstly what goes into it and secondly what stays there. If we know we are tempted by certain thoughts and desires then we should do our best to avoid putting ourselves in situations whereby we may be tempted. Moreover, when thoughts do come into our minds, we should not dwell on and entertain them, but simply rebuke them in the authority Jesus gave us and fill your minds with the word of God.
Let us be honest with ourselves, analyse what we are feeding our minds and take authority in cleaning it out, “Then you will learn God’s will for your life….!”