If I were a betting person, I bet the pressing question between Christians and God is…what is Your will for my life? Why did You create me? What did You have in mind while shaping and forming me? Why am I here?

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Passage

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:2 ESV

And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].

Romans 12:2 AMP

As I share some basic foundational scriptures for wrapping our minds around our thoughts I believe this is one that we could literally study an entire month. We won’t this time around, however, now would be a great time to explain why I chose this topic and why I believe it is vital to growing in your faith.

Process

I love to run, sort of. I say sort of, well because, running is hard. Super hard. And I enjoy distance running. Which means I face hard runs for a long time and with every step I find myself questioning…

Why are you doing this?

Girl are you crazy?

Is that me I smell?

… 🙂

My enjoyment comes from the feeling of completion. The feeling of my muscles totally relaxed and warm. The feeling of having a clear mind.

And the feeling is worth battling my mind for the first mile or so.

I think this is similar in our faith walk. We love Jesus. He loves us. We know loving Him is the best choice we’ve ever made. We know loving Him is honestly all about Him and His grace and His love.

Yet for that first mile or so of a problem. Or that first mile or so of a hardship. Or that first mile or so of living out our faith we have to battle our minds.

Our minds are tethered to the world. Scripture tells us that we are in the world but not of it. Therefore, we are physically surrounded by an existence created by God yet it despises His truth.

We are physically surrounded by limiting thoughts yet they only exist because of God’s grace.

We are physically surrounded by a culture, behaviors, values, which are enemies to God.

But we are called to exist in this space.

How then are we to exist in the world? That is the crux of this month’s topic. Again I hope to go wide and not deep, however, I believe I may revisit some of these posts later.

In going wide I hope to find specific thoughts we can carry in our hearts daily. These thoughts will be based on scripture. These thoughts will be clearly highlighted like the principles from this week.

In all transparency, I need this too. I am learning the more you walk in the faith the more cloudy your mind can get. The more I seek His purpose and plans for my life the more noisy my life becomes.

In Romans 12:2 it speaks of transformation and turning from the worlds view of life. Therefore, the daily practice of drawing near to God and focusing on Him, not generally but specifically, is crucial.

God created us knowing what we would encounter. He knew our attitudes, disposition, and tendencies. And to it all He provides the answers we need to live this life in a way that gives Him honor and glory.

In the end, drawing near to Him is where we gain clarity and I believe the less we will become distracted by the noise of the world.

The Principle

Christians with their attention on God and His ways are able to identify and respond to God’s plan and purpose for their lives.

Practical

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: Is your life noisy? How so? And how does the noise influence your thoughts?

My Prayer

Father,

I pray for more of You and less of me. Help me to move closer to your peace and away for the distraction and noise of the world. Draw me closer to You. And Father, I pray also like King David for a clean heart and a renewed right spirit in me to love You more, to seek Your will for my life and to love others.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

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Day 7 Preview

I planned to write a review but wrote on the why and how of this series. Are you writing along? If so, comment and I’ll head over to your blog.

“See” you tomorrow.

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