Why should “christian thinking” concern us? Better yet, why is our thinking, reasoning and decision making important?
Well, this series is more about how than why but I want to address this before we move forward. I believe the why is the heart of our faith.
We believe Jesus is Christ.
We believe He is God and He came to earth and lived as a man yet He did not sin. Jesus came, lived and He died for our sins. And on the third day He rose.
In His life, death and resurrection we are to have faith that it was complete. Believe that it was (and is) the perfect sin offering.
In His death He satisfied a debt we could never ever repay. His blood covered our sins. Jesus redeemed us back to God.
In His life, death and resurrection we have eternal life. In a relationship cemented in faith, His grace and believing in His finished work on the cross.
The finished work means in our acceptance of Christ, and our belief in Him we become one with Him. The bible tells us we are new creatures.
We are saved from death and eternal separation from Him.
But…we are called to grow and mature in our faith. Therefore, I believe the why is because our thinking, reasoning, and decision making are evidence of what occurred when we accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior.
Christian thinking is not just some clever play on words or click bait…it is the real deal. It is what keeps us in His peace. It is what helps us grow and mature in our faith. It is what separates us from the world.
I believe our thinking shows what we truly believe.
There you have it. This is the why.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. I know… “But, Dana, how…?”
I’m so glad you asked.
I am going to give you the answer and it will save you from reading any more post. Although, I want you read them. I hope you’ll read them all.
However, this answer will lighten the tension you’re probably feeling in your chest. 🙂 And it is what I pray you will carry in your heart the entire month.
The simple answer is: God will do it.
The bible tells us…
…for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
For it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure.
God does the heavy lifting. But my desire for this series centers on: How am I working out my faith?
- What am I thinking when I’m walking in faith and my circumstances exhibit the opposite?
- What am I thinking when I want to give in?
- What am I thinking and how does it agree or disagree with who Christ is in my life?
Therefore, we will work this out for the rest of the month.
We have the final principles for this week.
1. Christian thinking is what separates us from the world.
2. Christian thinking is the precursor of our thoughts, actions, behaviors, lifestyle and it exhibits what we believe.
3. Christians are to obey God’s call but we function under His strength.
4. God will give Christians the desire and the power to please Him.
Again repeat the task for this week:
Grab a small piece of paper like an index card. I would like for you to carry it in your pocket all day. Write down your internal thoughts. If you think about the same thing more than once, place a check mark next to it.
At the end of the day, consider, whether your thoughts were God honoring and how you can shift your thoughts concerning those matters. Place the paper in your bible or somewhere for review at the end of the week.
Consider also: What are you learning about yourself? What do you think about MOST?
Open my eyes and heart to see me the way You see me.
Thank you Father for your love and acceptance. Thank you Father that I am not alone and you give me the power to do your will. Thank you Father that through Your strength I am able to accomplish the plans and purpose for my life.
Help me to see through the eyes of my faith. Help me cling to my hope in You. Help me stand in courage. Help me to lean on You and not myself. Help me to stand in faith on the completed work of Christ.
I am nothing without You.
In Jesus’ name,
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