Do you ever find yourself repeating the same actions you said you would stop doing? Thinking the same thoughts, though you know you want change? You go after that same comfort food and drink, yet they still leave you empty. You replay harsh words in your mind that a parent spoke to you and you keep believing them. We all have places in our lives where we want change, yet we get frustrated when we find ourselves unchanged and stuck.
the depths of the mind
The human mind is a deeply complicated place; a place of great complexity, intricacy, and beauty, united with our emotions and our choices. The mind influences all we say, do, feel, and choose. The writers of the Old Testament and Proverbs understood the mind to be a place woven with the body, heart, and soul. It is not separate from, but in concert with.
This week we will focus on two evidences of what is going on in our minds. We will look at our thoughts and our actions—specifically the words of our mouths. And as we examine our thoughts and observe the habits of our tongues, we will look to God, for help in understanding and wisdom when it comes to the mind. God created us, mind and all. He gave us complexity, intricacy, and beauty. He created our beautiful minds to reflect Himself, our beautiful Creator. As we reflect Him, there is always something new to be discovered, a depth to dive deeper into, and wisdom to grow in. This is what we get to do!
Even though there are uncharted depths to the mind, our minds tend to settle. They get comfortable and create pathways of thinking. This thinking, good or bad, leads what we do and what we say. This is where we get stuck—we think a certain way repeatedly until we believe it is the only way to think. God’s invitation is to new ways of thinking, living, and speaking.
God knows our mind is the place of beauty as well as a place of brokenness. Because of the depth and hold of sin, our minds need total renewal. God longs to heal our broken minds. To get to these settled pathways, we dive into the depths of God Himself, through His Word, the Bible, through prayer and discernment, and as we surrender to the mind and ways of Jesus, and trust the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
God created us with complexity, and we get to lean into Him as He shows us where our minds need to be renewed. He has not left us with our brokenness, nor without the power to be transformed. And as our minds are renewed, our wisdom with words increases, bringing life to others.
Personality assessments and tests tend to assign us as either thinkers or feelers. Whether you are a thinker or a feeler, your thoughts inform what you do and say. Spend time in prayer, asking God to show you where your mind tends to settle. Is it in lies about yourself or others? Does it settle into shame or arrogance; anxiety or hope? As God shows you, ask Him to be your help, to renew your mind, and lean into His love for you.
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