I admit it, I have a memory problem. I often forget, on a daily basis, about the goodness of God. Sometimes it’s even a moment by moment basis, where I can be thankful to God one minute, and in the next minute I am angry at something that has suddenly happened. I forget that He has showered me with blessings and gifts. Sometimes my frustration or anger can begin a nasty downward spiral where I find myself sinking lower and lower into discouragement.
On Saturday a friend reminded me of the importance of “renewing my mind”.
Do not conform any longer 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, perfect and pleasing will. (Rom.12:2)
Yes! What a fantastic way to begin the new year! So I have resolved to work on this. But, how? How do we renew our minds?
Through the word of God. Hebrews 4:12 says that Scripture, the word of God is “living and active”.
I wasn’t sure how or where to begin, but I decided to start with who I am in Christ, using some information from Neil Anderson‘s resources. I decided that I would ponder one truth each week in order to let the truth sink deep into my heart and spirit.
Truth for the week: I am God’s child
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. (John 1:12, NIV)
But whoever did want him, who believed he was who he claimed, and would do what he said, He made to be their true selves, their child-of-God selves. (John 1:12, The Message)
Lord, I pray that you would speak to each one of us about this truth. Embed it deep in our hearts, help us to understand what it truly means to be your precious, beloved child.