Everyday I work with women inside of my coaching groups explaining how as we grow closer to God we become more like Him. You know the saying, “You are who you hang around.” I say that same principle applies to the word. The more we spend time in His word, becoming more like Him is a direct result. We forgive quicker, are slow to anger, and the less we carry ourselves.
In this 3-part blog series you will get a sneak peak of some of the coaching I do with my clients + topics we discuss but I will also be going over what happened at salvation, aligning yourself with Him, and then renewing your mind to His word.
Let’s dive right into part 1: SALVATION
When Jesus became your savior, your old man passed away. You became new in spirit and through Jesus you are now reconciled to God. Your old man is not at war or against your new man because your old man is dead and gone. Our spirit is new but it left behind a body. Our thoughts are what need renewing. Your soul (thoughts, emotions) can only be transformed to the degree that you renew your mind, confirm your values/priorities to the word of God, and change your attitude. I spend so much of my time quoting Romans 12:2. It is so crucial and important in our walk with God today, “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.” It’s impossible to know the perfect will of God is if we don’t know His word, what He says about us, understand what Jesus did on the cross, or what we received when He left on the cross and rose from the grave.
I don’t want you to miss this part. Your body is for you. It’s not against you. It wants to work to do good things. However, our body is designed to follow our thoughts. That’s why our thoughts are so important as well. Our thoughts must be renewed to God’s word and be aligned with them for the power to be released inside of you. It’s really hard to experience His goodness when your thoughts are consumed with envy, jealousy, and anger. Right?
Most of us believe that God’s promise for us isn’t a reality until we can physically see it. When we see it, then God’s word must be true. When I see it, then I can finally believe and trust Him. Until you see your prayers or His promises come to pass, it must not be true. If we can’t see it or perceive it then our mind and senses will cause us to be in doubt about what God is doing or what Jesus did. Our minds are so powerful and they are always trying to reason with us based on what we see and hear.
Since it is hard to acknowledge something that is not yet your reality, it’s time that your faith becomes refreshed (activated) and acknowledge the good things in you, in Christ. For a long time I found myself focusing so much on my lists of things I had already done or planned to do (my performance), more than on what Christ had already done.
So many believe that God can do amazing things and quote often, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (See Philippians 4:13) but experience very little. God is a gentleman and He won’t do what we don’t allow first. He won’t make your mouth speak words of truth, kindness, or love over yourself if you don’t first believe them yourself. He can’t force you to think on things above. His love requires choice.
Since the garden. Since Adam and Eve, there has always been choice. They could eat of the tree that they could not eat. God didn’t put them in there to tease them with it. Why put them in there at all you might ask? Because, He wanted us to choose. He gave us free will since the beginning. Still today, with every thought, we get to decide on whether we choose Him or the lies from the enemy. God is love and love requires choice. Love wouldn’t be love if we were forced to choose it.
His words are life. They bring life to our bodies and refreshment to our souls.“The words that I speak, they are spirit and they are life.” John 6:63
Rooting for you,