Feast On Freedom!

“Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.” -Romans 8:5-6

Did you know every thought has a mission—to either give life or destroy it? I vividly recall the days when I felt utterly defeated, as if my own thoughts were waging war against me. I was overwhelmed and felt completely powerless, as they seemed to have the upper hand. But then, I discovered the key to transforming my thoughts through the Word of God. I realized that I was not a victim of my thoughts but a master of them. So, I committed myself to embracing the Word of God, knowing that true transformation would follow as I actively applied its truths to my life.  

God’s Intervention

I’m reminded of Cain’s story in Genesis 4, when he became overcome by anger. God intervened–trying to help him identify and understand the thoughts fueling his rage. Furthermore, God reminded Cain of the truth so that he could confront his misleading thoughts. He warned Cain that he was responsible for managing his anger; if not, sin was crouching at the door, eager to take control. God’s directive was clear: You must rule over it and be its master. Unfortunately, Cain failed to heed this divine intervention, allowing his thoughts and emotions to overpower him and dictate his actions.

A Whole New Mindset

I’m curious! After you committed your life to Jesus, did you find yourself grappling with the same old thoughts? If so, it’s not unusual—your mind, will, and emotions often remain unchanged initially. But don’t be discouraged; this is a common experience. That’s precisely why Romans 12:2 emphasizes the need for a transformative renewal of your mind. Over the years, a lot has been stored, and the thoughts that have been troubling you need to be replaced with God’s. But this will require intentional effort.

Just as God counseled Cain, we must intentionally and consistently immerse ourselves in the truths of God’s Word, allowing them to take root in our hearts. I assure you that doing so will initiate a profound shift in your life. Your old patterns of thinking will be erased and replaced as you undergo deep transformation through the Word, which has the power to free your mind (James 1:21). Remember, you are mastered by whatever has control over you (2 Peter 2:19).

Receive Freedom

You don’t have to be pushed around any longer! According to Romans 8, you are no longer bound by the demands of your flesh—it’s time to embrace your freedom in Jesus! Rise up and control your thoughts by nourishing yourself with the bread from heaven—the Word of God. These are no ordinary words; they are supernatural, incorruptible, and indestructible sources that will thrive within you (1 Peter 1:23). This heavenly bread is irresistible and liberating, and you’ll find yourself returning for more, driven not by obligation but by the sheer joy of your newfound freedom!

Stephanie Jones