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TRANSFORMATION

JOHN MCDONALD

Romans 12:2

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

 I used to love watching horror movies, the scarier and gorier the better. I always maintained that it had no effect on me, until I noticed that I was having a hard time sleeping. I even got scared to drive my car alone for fear of what may pop up in my backseat and grab me. The fear had taken over. This can happen with anything. If you fill your mind with senseless violence, crude language or sex in movies, T.V. or video games, then you’ll notice that you’ll either start to become desensitized to it or you’ll become consumed by it.

Jesus calls us to fill our minds with thoughts that are pure and good. He wants us to spend more time dwelling on Him than on that level we can’t beat in that video game. I had to give up watching horror movies entirely because when I watched them the fear would consume me and any thoughts of Jesus would be miles away. Now I’m not saying you have to give up horror movies, but just to take a long, hard look at what it is that is consuming your mind. And it isn’t necessarily just what you watch either; it can also be the people you spend time with. Is what you are consuming of the world or is it of purity and beauty that will transform your mind and bring you peace? Believe me, the latter is a much better place to be.

QUESTION 1. What thoughts have been consuming your mind lately? Thoughts of fear? Anger? Sex? Violence?
QUESTION 2. Do you think these thoughts have been brought on by what you’ve been watching, listening to, or people you’ve surrounded yourself with?
CHALLENGE: Take time to enrich and transform your mind with things that are good, acceptable and perfect. If you don’t know what that may be for you, ask God; he’ll show you. And ask Him to reveal the things in your life that are taking you away from Him. Chances are, though, that you already know what they are.