Think about all the movies we’ve watched, the music we’ve listened to, experiences we’ve had, and things we’ve learned from those around us. If our mind is always taking in information, we might have areas where we need to let Jesus change our thinking.
Did you know you have access to the mind of God? So, how do we do that? How do we change our thinking? How do we repent?
What if I could show you how to step into the freedom life God designed you to live? Would you be interested?
I can’t tell you how many times I would be at church or a conference or some event and I would hear all these amazing things about God and the life he wanted for me, but I felt like I was personally stuck. Like, I would hear about peace and purpose, love and joy, I would hear a lot about Hope, but on the inside, I felt the opposite. I would feel hopeless and anxious and frustrated about my life. Like I hear you, but I don’t actually know how to get there myself. I believe on some level that those things are all true about God, but I don’t know how to get there, I haven’t experienced them for myself. It made me wonder if any of it was actually real, or if maybe it was all just a show. Have you ever felt like that? Like maybe you struggle with believing these things for yourself too. And if you do, you’re not alone. What we are going to talk about right now is going to help you no matter where you are on your journey with Jesus, so lean in with me.
In the New Testament, in the bible, we see this guy John the Baptist. And he spent his life preaching to everyone he could, repent the kingdom of God is at hand. That was his whole message. He kept saying he was preparing the way for Jesus who was to come. Now Fast forward, and Jesus shows up and one of the things he says most often is Repent, the kingdom of God is at hand. Jesus did a ton of miracles and lots of awesome things like walk on water and bring dead people back to life, but he was always saying to people, repent, the kingdom of God is at hand. What was John talking about? And what was Jesus talking about? What does it mean to repent? I know I’ve asked that question before too.
But what if I told you that the better you understood the answer to that question, the more you could step into the freedom and the life God designed you to live? Well, it’s true. Let’s talk about it.
First let’s talk about this word repent. What does it even mean? In the New Testament it means to “Change Your Mind” or “Change Your Thinking” about something.
Another way to look at it would be to break the word down; RE – means to go back & PENT – think penthouse view, the highest view possible, (God’s view) Repentance is changing your mind from what was, in order to get God’s view on it. And if you can Change Your Thinking, You Can Change Your Life.
And It matters because there are so many things that have shaped our beliefs, our view on life, the way we think about things. Your mind is a powerful thing.
Did you know…
The conscious mind is where all of our thoughts, feelings, hopes and memories are stored. This is the part we use to think and talk. You could say this is just the tip of the iceberg.
The preconscious mind is anything that isn’t in the forefront of our minds but that we can bring it to the surface with a little effort.
Last is the subconscious mind, which stores feelings, urges, and memories that are beyond our conscious mind. These are usually things we suppress like pain, anxieties, or conflicts. These events are what steer our overall beliefs, behavior, motives, and decisions.
Did you know that for every conscious thought, your mind fires around 30 billion neurons? That’s a lot! But did you also know that for every subconscious thought your mind fires around 70 billion neurons. So, what you take in matters a lot!
Think about all the movies we’ve watched, all the music we’ve listened to, experiences we’ve had, things we’ve learned from those around us, our mind is always taking in information. Probably now more than ever. If our subconscious mind is full of all that stuff…we might have some areas where we need to let Jesus change our thinking. Am I right LOL??? So how do we do that? How do we change our thinking? How do we repent?
Because if you change your thinking you can change your life.
And while our mind is powerful, did you know you have access to the mind of God?
Look at Romans 12:2 – Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
The more we fill our hearts and minds with the truth of God’s word, it begins to reshape our thinking, to think more like Jesus. The more this happens, the easier it is to repent when one of our current beliefs gets challenged.
And here’s what it looks like. We repent when we Remove, Release, & Replace old thinking with Kingdom thinking.
First, we Remove ungodly beliefs. Just like we read in Romans 12:2, the more we fill our hearts and minds with truth, the easier it becomes to see ungodly beliefs we’ve picked up along the way. As God is renewing our minds, we can Change our Thinking by removing those from our hearts.
Once we are able to identify those beliefs that are not from God, we have to Release them from our hearts. You have to let that belief go, which can be difficult on your own, until you…
Replace that belief with truth. But how do you know if a thought you have is truth and should become a belief in your heart? That’s a great question. So here are a couple tools to help you. Ask yourself, does it glorify God? – basically does it place the goodness of God on display, does it line up with scripture?
And you can trust God’s view on any given situation the more you are in relationship with your good father. The more you experience His presence in your life, the easier it becomes to trust His view on life over your own. The easier it is to change your thinking.