We end our study (for now) on the issue of self-worth and why we struggle in life. In this episode, I want to hit upon the topic of renewing the mind. What is this? Can we detail it to make it practical and get away from “religious answers” on this?
I detail a lot of my own struggle here. And what I’ve learned over the years about failure, stinking thinking, talking to yourself, and challenging how you think and process life. That is … the practical side of renewing the mind.
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“Renewing the Mind” Show Notes
In this episode, I share on the following topics:
- A Review of Last Week
- Learning from Failure
- What really happens when we “renew the mind”?
- Your view of God is crucial
- Feed yourself truth
When God considers you, does He deceive Himself in some way or does He know who you truly are?
If He knows who we truly are, then why do we preface His understanding of us with phrases such as “in God’s eyes we are righteous” or “forgiven” or “loved” or “pleasing” and so on? Are we trying to say that God is not living in reality? That He is somehow involved in self-deception? Is He just some old grandparent type who wants to overlook the faults of His grandchildren? Either He really knows who you are or He doesn’t. Playing with words this way keeps us from experiencing the reality of who we are. It also dishonors who God is.
The second question is, If you think of yourself differently than God thinks of you, who is mistaken, you or God? How often do we allow our minds to overrule what God says is true? Keep in mind, you were made by and for God. He has placed within you needs that only He can meet. If we try to have these needs met by another person or persons, we will end up frustrated, angry, and unfulfilled.
A new mindset: I have great worth apart from my performance because Christ gave His life for me. I am in covenant with Him. I am of great value because He made me, He loves me, and simply because I am His. I am deeply loved, fully pleasing, totally forgiven, accepted, and complete in Christ.
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