Lord, it seems that You are developing a theme for the lessons You are teaching me this week. In Psalm 17:3, You showed me that I need a plan, I need to resolve not to use my mouth to sin. Today, I see that You are leading me to the next level. It’s not just what I say that matters to You, but You are concerned about what it going on in my mind as well.
My mind can be an absolute mess at times. I can say all the right things, put a smile on my face, and make myself presentable to those around me. If they only knew what was going on in my mind and heart! There are days when negativity negates the Truth. There are times when doubts and insecurities double me over. There are moments when sinful thoughts surround me. My mind, when left unchecked, can be a cesspool of ungodliness that makes me ashamed.
Paul told the folks in Rome, 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:2 NIV) I’m learning that the transformation is a moment-by-moment surrender to God’s will, a minute-by-minute submission of my mind and my thoughts to the lessons, guidance, and instruction I find in His Word. I’m learning that if I neglect His Word even for a day, my mind, without effort, will begin to conform once again to the ways of the world. My prayer for today, Lord, is that Your Word will do it’s work in my heart and mind, as well as my mouth, so that my thoughts, as well as my actions, will be in sync with Your will.