When I think about physical exercise, I think about the stretching and preparation for the event; the Warmup, the Practice. It would not be prudent to show up for a marathon having only trained for a few days and expect to finish. However, it is very interesting that many of us take this approach in our Spiritual lives. We show up for the big event having not prepared our hearts and minds to receive the truth of God’s Word and then wonder why change escapes us. Paul tells us about the “truth that is Jesus”, to “put off the old self”, and “to be made new in the attitude of your minds.” I suspect this involves time spent in God’s Word and meditation on what God desires. Relent, Repent, and Remove the sinful source.
1. How am I keeping track of my “warm-up” routine and crucial actions so that my mind is ready for the renewal work God wants to do?
2. In what ways am I looking to train my mind like the mind of Christ? If not, why?
Challenge: You may be thinking that this is starting to get a little hard. As you look back over the last year, do you see a process of change for the better in your thoughts, attitudes, and actions? Although change may be slow, it absolutely comes as you trust God to change you. See Romans 6:6, 8:9; Galatians 5:16-26; Colossians 3:3-8.
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