You're Not Thinking Right!

aking1614 By aking1614, 9th Apr 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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We often wonder why we attend church all of our lives, but never experience the peace and joy that God promises to believers. Maybe we need to check our mindset. Perhaps we are holding onto old habits and behaviors that are hindering our spiritual growth. Maybe we're not thinking right!

Women's Weekend 2015

Every year, my church has a series of fellowship nights, workshops and worship services which we have dubbed "March Madness". Each full weekend of the month of March is dedicated to one of Ministries in the church (Youth, Young Adults, Men and Women) and filled with activities. The women always host a prayer breakfast on Saturday morning of Women's Weekend and this year I was honored to be the keynote speaker.

Our theme for the weekend was Women Being Transformed By the Word of God, and all the speakers for the weekend were to work from the following passage of scripture: Galatians 2:20. It took me a while to mesh the scripture with the theme, but this is what I finally came up with.

I Have Been Crucified With Christ

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Now, many of you may be asking what this has to do with being transformed by the Word of God. I asked myself the same thing at first, but as I begin to really meditate on this passage and do some research, I realized it has EVERYTHING to do with us being transformed. It has to do with our mindset.

Now, mindset simply refers to the way we think and process information. And frankly, the way some people think is jacked up, just plain messy. We are too wrapped up in what WE want, what WE think, how WE feel. We have an opinion on everything, even things that we are not involved in – ESPECIALLY things we are not involved in. We can tell the people working on a project how they are going about it all wrong, but do nothing to help. Well, I don’t know about you but God has never asked me to weigh in with MY opinion. He said if you love me, keep my commandments. He said love me with all your heart, with all your mind and with all your soul. He said love your neighbor as yourself. But He never said, “So Andrea, what do you think of what I am commanding you to do?”

One of the biggest problems we have is that we are SO worried about what other people are doing. We NEED to be MORE worried about why it is that we are so worried about what other folks do. It speaks more to issues in our own lives than it does to the people’s lives we are constantly meddling in.

We have to clear out all the junk in our minds that keeps us from hearing God. We need a new mindset, a mindset that says we must die to everything we know so that the Holy Spirit can work on us, fresh from scratch. Are we truly willing to crucify our flesh, our habits and traditions so that that we can be transformed? Or are we too stubborn to admit that our ways are far beneath the standard God has set for us? Are we too arrogant to accept that someone knows more than us?

Holding On To Past Behaviors

Before we joined the church, maybe some of us got drunk or high when we felt overwhelmed by our problems. We knew that it was just a temporary fix for the real problem, but it was a habit that we couldn’t seem to break. We came to church to be delivered from those things. We understood that once in church, we shouldn’t do those things. What some of us DIDN’T understand was that God can help us through our problems. So when we dropped what we knew were bad habits, we simply replaced them with NEW ones. Now we overeat or get involved in some serious retail therapy when we feel bad. It’s still a temporary fix. We never came to the realization that it was never the STUFF that could make us feel better. So we changed our HABITS, but we didn’t change our MINDSET.

And now we think that because we sit in church Sunday after Sunday and we don’t get drunk or high anymore, that we know all we need to know. We don’t need the Pastor, or even God, to tell us anything else. But as the saying goes, “Sitting in church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than sitting in the garage makes you a car.” So we sit and wonder why we can’t love like we are supposed to, why we don’t have the peace that God promises us in His Word, why we don’t have to joy that Sister So-and-So has when she is a struggling single mother and we have husbands, good jobs and nice homes. The answer is simple; we haven’t allowed the Word to transform us because we are unwilling to be crucified. And, sadly, many of us don’t WANT to be transformed.

• We LIKE gossiping and spreading rumors to tear our sisters down.

• We LIKE being cliquish and clannish refusing to work with anyone we don’t feel is on “our level” or on the level we believe we have attained in the church.

• We don’t WANT to rejoice with the sister who is doing well, being blessed and elevated. No, we would rather try to dig up some dirt in her so that we can prove to everybody that she’s not all that.

Doing these things make us feel somehow better about where we REALLY are. Wouldn’t it be a better to use all of that time and energy doing what it takes to get us where we SHOULD be?

We Have Some Work To Do

We need to understand that the Holy Spirit will only begin our transformation when He has something to work with. So we need to do some work to prepare for our transformation. We need at least two things to get started:

• Knowledge of God’s Word. Not just book knowledge, but true understanding through prayer and meditation so we can get revelation from the Holy Spirit. Proverbs 23:7 tells us that as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. If what we are thinking about is the Word, it will be reflected in the way we live. We can develop a right mindset because we are thinking on the right things; the things which God has taught us to do through the Word. The Word is what equips us and prepares us to know God’s will for us and this comes through renewing our minds through the scriptures. But to be effective in our lives it has to be our revelation, our truth, and our basis for living, not just something we read and maybe memorize so we can quote it to others and show them how much we know.

• A willing attitude like Paul. We need to be crucified, die to our former selves and all of our messy ways and allow Christ to live in us. We cannot escape our flesh, but we don’t have to let it rule over us. We can repent, truly repent, which means we put away and turn away from our wrong attitudes, wrong doing, speaking and thinking. We have to be willing to make an effort to stop doing things that the Word has told us are not right. Allow the power of the Holy Spirit to work in us to complete our transformation so we, like Paul, can live by faith in the Son of God who loves us and gave Himself for us
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Then God will have a fresh lump of clay to work with. The Potter can mold us and shape us into the women we need to be.

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I am an engineer by trade, but a poet and songstress at heart. I started writing occasional articles online about five years ago, but poetry is still my first love.

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author avatar Tasha Toles
9th Apr 2015 (#)

Ann, this is a great article and truly helped me reflect on some things in my life. I'm so glad you shared since I wasn't able to be in attendance on Women's weekend this year.

Thanks again,
Tasha Toles

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author avatar Jackie Brown
10th Apr 2015 (#)

Ann, this was so profound....I truly njoyed this, you need to add Teacher to that resume cause I truly have learned so things reading this it was definitely brought to the forefront, so I thank you for your knowledge and sharing it.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
10th Apr 2015 (#)

As the comments above ...profound and thought provoking .
Many blessings
Stella ><

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author avatar Michellekidwell1977
14th May 2015 (#)

This article is spot on and has given me a lot to reflect and pray on...Thank you...

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