What are your actions saying? What do you do when you are alone, or when your plans are interrupted, or you are disappointed, or your weakness is exposed, or you’re tempted to fear, or someone else prospers or excels you, or you’re called on to help meet someone else’s financial need? How much of a priority do you make your local church? How willing are you to serve obscurely? When those who are closest to you are honest, those who observe you in your unguarded, uncalculated moments, what do they hear from your actions? These are exposing and convicting questions. Jesus had perfect consistency between his words and works. None of the rest of us has this yet.
Repentance is a change of thinking that leads to a change in actions. It is not a one-time event, but a lifestyle.
Think about such things. Things that are good. It’s a challenge to do this today. There’s so many competing messages, so many distractions, so many opportunities to get off track. But at the end of it all: my mind is my greatest strength. I can choose to think about whatever I want to. What is good? What is true? What is pure? I challenge myself in this daily because the power of owning my inner world is unstoppable. No one and no thing has power over my mind. And that is a truth I must hold fast to.
There are times when I have chosen to remain silent outwardly. It’s not because I don’t care, it’s because I have the understanding that my inner world really determines what happens in the outer world around me. I’m relying on a power inside of me that when I walk into regions they are transformed because the power and the presence I’m carrying, He chose to walk in meekness, yet He dispelled darkness all around Him.
I want to shape my world around God’s truth because I know as a scientist and a believer, paying attention to my thoughts and purposefully focusing my mind leads to great transformations.
You have to treat your thoughts that are at enmity with God like you would if Satan was standing right in front of you staring you in the face.
When you repent and come to God, you are really changing your mind. You’re not changing your heart. You cannot change your heart; only God can change your heart. God will not change your mind; you must change your mind. The word “repent” means a change of mind. You change your mind so God can change your heart.