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A New Way of Thinking

Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God's word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things.  Philippians 4:8 AMP

a new way of thinkingUntil I came to know Jesus, I had very few friends.

I was never a befriending or friendly person. I had always kept to myself and was not approachable until I learned the love of Jesus. That is when I discovered my thought processes kept me in some invisible bubble reflecting only on my insecurities, low self-esteem, and baseless fears. As I grew in my faith and relationship with Jesus, I became free from all that baggage and became friendly, loving, and inviting.

Belief occurs in a person’s spirit, but thinking happens in our souls and minds. We can believe one thing but keep thinking something completely different. What we think is what we eventually become, not what we believe. 

God knows our thoughts influence us much more than our beliefs, so in His Word, He tells us to make renewing our minds our primary goal—to have a new way of thinking, to think as He wants us to. Before encountering Jesus, a person’s thinking could not possibly align with God’s. 

Amazingly, God knows our thinking and why we think a particular way. He knows what makes us click the way we do. Things may have happened in our childhood that caused us to bend in a certain way, innocent words that were said. Or things that happened may have wedged a dent in our soul, crippling our thought processes all our lives. Our environment also shapes our thinking—inciting fears and defining our perspectives.

Once in a relationship with God, God urges us to have a new way of thinking so that He can lead and direct our lives’ paths, so we can be the best us, we can live our best lives, and we can be all He created us to be.

Let God give you a new way of thinking.

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Dianne Andrews

Dianne Andrews was born and grew up in Trinidad in the Caribbean. She migrated to America at fourteen. After graduation from high school, she returned to her country where she came to know Jesus. Two years later, she felt the call to attend a missionary training center in Guyana. She evangelized and helped to plant churches. She also developed a tremendous passion for prison ministry. Presently, she and her husband are ministers at local jails and state prisons. She is currently working on her first book.