A transformed mind transforms a person—a transformed person transforms a city (Bill Johnson)
What does this statement mean? How can I transform my mind? Why should I want to transform my mind let alone a city?
Let me ask you another group of questions: Do you live a life of contentment or strife? Do you live in peace or conflict? Is there harmony in your home, your work area, with people you interact with or is there contention and angry interactions?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you have the answer as to why you should desire a transformed mind. If we could not transform our mind, God would not have told us to do so; but we can and He did.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
Wash your heart from evil, O Jerusalem, That you may be saved. How long will your wicked thoughts reside within you? Jeremiah 4:14
How we think will determine how we make life choices and how we live with and interact with others. Do you know the story of the 12 spies who were sent to spy out the land that God was going to give to the Children of Israel? It is in Numbers chapter 13. Verse 33 gives more insight into why we need to be mindful of what and how we think:
“There also we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak are part of the Nephilim); and we became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”
Notice that the thought that they were like grasshoppers was in their own sight first and then in the sight of the others in the land. Others will tend to see you as you see yourself.
The first thing we must do to have good mindset is to set our mind to know and walk in truth. Often conflict comes from a distorted view of self, God and others. Many will curse God, ignore Him, deny Him on a daily basis and when something happens, like a pandemic, those same people will ask where God is. God is where He has always been and He is very specific in His relationship to us. Throughout the Scriptures we are told to choose whom we will serve, but God also tells us that if we are serving other gods, do not call on Him in our day of trouble:
“Yet you have forsaken Me and served other gods; therefore I will no longer deliver you. Go and cry out to the gods which you have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your distress.” Judges 10:13-14
If the Government is your god and is there to care for you, then serve the government. The Government has a purpose, but the Supreme Judge is God alone and the government of our life rests on His shoulders. If we look to jobs, investments, retirement plans any world system to supply our needs, they become the one we serve and the ones we will end up worshiping. If we serve these lesser gods, we have a humanistic worldview that leaves God out. This world does not lessen stress but increases stress with the demands it places on us.
If you want to understand God’s wisdom, I suggest you read Proverbs. To understand God’s heart, read Psalms. We will continue to work on a Biblical Worldview in the coming days.
May God bless you and may the Spirit of Truth lead you to the One who is the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6)