“I stretch out my hand to You; My soul longs for You as in a parched land.” Psalm 143:6
Father, I long to know You more. I want every part of my being to experience your presence. Fill every part of my heart with your Spirit. I open my heart to allow your Word to accomplish its work in me. Empty me of anything that is not pleasing to You. Take control of my thoughts and my mind. Renew my mind as I study your Word. Show me where my thoughts are wrong and expose any wrong motives and attitudes. Fill me with your truths—the truths that will set me free. Lord, I want to be your pleasing servant. I want my words and actions to have Kingdom value.
While Joshua was preparing to gather Esther’s bride price, she was busy at home, unaware of the great sacrifice he was making for her. As she worked, her mind wandered to the conversation she had overheard. She still couldn’t wrap her brain around Joseph’s words. “I choose Esther to be Joshua’s bride.”
Esther had fallen in love with Joshua, this she knew. The way he tenderly held her hand during family prayers and the way his dark brown eyes considered hers made her wonder if he might love her, too. Some days she was sure of it, but there were other days when she was sure her imagination was playing tricks on her.
As she worked at the kitchen table, Esther gazed out the window. Opening her heart to love someone wouldn’t be easy. She had loved before, only to be abandoned. Mama and Papa had left her. Joshua would do the same; it was just a matter of time.
So, while Joshua was preparing to sell his precious Book of Scriptures to pay her bride price, Esther continued with her negative thoughts until she had convinced herself Joshua didn’t love her at all. If only she had understood Joseph’s heart. If only she had known Joshua’s great sacrifice.
Glorifying God by the Renewing of Your Mind
“…be transformed by the renewing of your mind…” Romans 12:2
“…we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ…” II Corinthians 10:5
Renewing your mind is no easy task. It requires faith, trust, and obedience, which translate into acting on God’s Word. You act on or apply God’s word to change the way you think about yourself, your life, and your relationships. God has provided a way for you to be changed from the inside out; His Word teaches you to know Him and to understand His great love for you.
How do you renew your mind?
In a perfect world, it would mean to simply think new thoughts. However, this is not a perfect world. You cannot do what God has asked by having new thoughts. Instead, it requires you to bring your thinking up to a new standard, God’s standard. It is not enough for you to say, “I won’t think this way anymore.” It requires you to learn to adjust your thinking and redirect it towards godly principles. Yes, the Holy Spirit is there to guide and teach you through the process; but you must play an active role. In Corinthians, you are “…destroying assumptions and every lofty thing that has raised up against the knowledge of God, and you are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ…” Transformation of your mind requires your persistent and purposeful action.
Taking Every Thought Captive: Seeing Yourself the Way God Sees You
God sees you differently than you see yourself. Perhaps you look at yourself through eyes of betrayal and abandonment, hurt and rejection, which cause you to constantly strive for approval and acceptance. These are thoughts and beliefs authored by the philosophies of this world. The truth of the matter is this. Your identity comes from how God sees you, and it is important to view your identity through the eyes of the One who paid a great sacrifice to show His great and precious love for you.
Renewing your mind is a process, but understand this. Jesus loves you. “…He gave up his life for you to make you holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s Word. He did this to present you to himself as a glorious Bride without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, you will be holy and without fault.” (Ephesians 5:26-27).
You are more than enough; you are more than worthy of His love because you are a brand-new creation; those lies no longer identify you. Your value is more precious than the finest and most expensive jewels. You are more than a conqueror, and you were created for a great purpose. God has a plan for your life. You are totally and completely accepted and loved by Him.
Bought with A Price
“You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men (or your thoughts).” I Corinthians 7:23
What does this mean? It means you have been bought as a Bride by your Heavenly Bridegroom at an enormous expense. You belong entirely to Him. Christ’s boundless sacrificial love has been poured out for you!
Jesus’ love is the kind of love with the power to root out all the lies saying, “You are worthless.” “You are a failure.” “You are unlovable.”
Jesus’ love has the power to restore your heart with His truth; your imperfections and disappointments do not define you. They do not determine your identity. You are the Bride of Christ for whom all those things have been paid for in full. You have restoration and transformation through His blood. He has taken care of all of it!
God did not set your bride price based on your performance or your choices and actions. He didn’t pull out your resume or records to determine your worth. He set a price so high that whatever you could achieve on your own could never be enough to pay for it; the price he set for you was much higher. God values YOU—not your abilities or achievements. You are loved. Period. It doesn’t matter if you don’t feel it, you don’t understand, or you don’t deserve it. You are passionately and radically loved by the ultimate lover who sacrificed it all just for you.
“And now, sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8.
Do this, and your mind will be transformed, and you will walk in confidence, knowing you are His precious, beautiful Bride.
Are you struggling with your identity? Contact me, and I would be glad to pray with you. How has God shown His great love for you? Please share below, so we can all be encouraged.
Remember, you were chosen by Him!