In Romans 11:18 Paul stated a fact that can be applied to every aspect of our lives. It says, “…remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.” I’m taking this into the application of our thoughts. All thoughts are rooted in what we believe in our heart. Scripture bears this out. Here are two references you can look up. Matthew 15:19a and Matthew 12:34b. What do you crave? What do you desire above all else?
Those thoughts are based on what you believe about yourself in the circumstance you face. Our heart is our belief center. Here is a strong statement. If you have any negative thoughts, your belief does not match God’s word. This is so true. God’s word is truth. Psalm 15:2, 5 says, “He who walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks truth in his heart…He who does these things shall never be moved.”
God’s way to change our thoughts is to look at their roots. Romans 12:2 says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” We were born in the mold of sin. Our thoughts were conformed, fit as a round peg in a round hole.
Transformed is like the caterpillar that goes through metamorphosis. The caterpillar melts inside the cocoon. God does the transforming work to bring about His righteous design. So it is when we renew our minds through the truth of His word. He does the transforming work. We cannot change on our own. Have you ever tried?
Yesterday I looked up the word ‘good’ in Romans 8:28. It is a noun that means: morally right or righteous. What is righteousness? It is our thoughts, purpose, and actions being conformed to God’s will and ways. The Lord uses every circumstance and situation as His tool in this conforming process. Verse 29 says, “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son…”
Those two verses sum up our progressive sanctification. It is a process of metamorphosis. The caterpillar used to desire leaves. After its transformation, it desired only nectar. God’s word is the nectar provision for His children. Matthew 5:6 says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” Hunger and thirst in this sense is to desire earnestly or to crave. Does your heart crave to be more like the Lord? Do you earnestly desire to exemplify Him in all your thoughts?
1 Peter 2:22 says that there was no deceit found in His mouth. Verse 23 says, “Who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously.” Here is one of my anchor verses. The Lord gave me this verse to stand on when I was taking care of my dad and he lost his ability to reason. Genesis 18:25 says, “…Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”
1 John 2:6 says, “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.” How did Jesus walk? Reading the four gospels will help us to see Him in action. He discipled others through His truths that would set them free. As we continue to be transformed through the diligent renewing of our mind, we will become more like Him. We will showcase His character instead of our flesh.