Renewing Your Mind

Here is a list that I came up with years ago to promote biblical thinking. I will say that I did see a small list like this that began it’s creation within me. I challenge read this every morning or pick one at a time as a devotion.

Proverbs 23:7 As a man thinks in his heart, so does he become.

  1. I am a child of God. (Rom. 8:16)
  2. I am redeemed and forgiven of my past. (Eph. 1:7)
  3. I am saved by grace through faith. (Eph. 2:8)
  4. I am cleaned up and set apart, sanctified. (1 Cor. 6:11)
  5. I am shedding the old man of my past and putting on the new. (Eph. 4:22-24)
  6. I am adopted by the Spirit of adoption. (Rom. 8:15)
  7. I am dead in my body but alive in the Spirit. (Rom. 8:10)
  8. I am the temple of God. (1 Cor. 3:16-17)
  9. I am allowing the fruit of the Spirit to grow in me. (Gal. 5:22-23)
  10. I am led by the Spirit of God. (Rom. 8:14)
  11. I am being filled with the Spirit. (Eph. 5:18)
  12. I am delivered from the powers of darkness. (Col. 1:13)
  13. I am kept in safety wherever I go. (Ps. 91:11)
  14. I am sealed with the Holy Spirit, guaranteeing my inheritance. (Eph. 1:13-14)
  15. I am holding firm to my faith that I profess. (Heb. 4:14)
  16. I am denying myself, taking up my cross and following Jesus. (Mat. 16:24)
  17. I am seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. (Mat. 6:33)
  18. I am glued to Christ by His love and nothing can separate me. (Rom. 8:38-39)
  19. I am denying worldly lusts, living soberly, righteously, godly. (Tit. 2:12)
  20. I am getting all my needs met by Jesus. (Phil. 4:19)
  21. I am casting all my cares on Jesus. (1 Pet. 5:7)
  22. I am satisfied with what I have, not overspending. (Heb. 13:5)
  23. I am fearing the Lord and keeping His commands. (Deu. 6:2)
  24. I am allowing the Holy Spirit to grow His ministry gifts in me. (Rom. 12:6-8)
  25. I am allowing the Holy Spirit to work power gifts through me. (1 Cor. 12:7-10)
  26. I am trusting the Lord with all my heart. (Pro. 3:5-6)
  27. I am hiding God’s word in my heart so I will not sin against Him. (Ps. 119:11)
  28. I am receiving the Kingdom of God as a little child. (Mark 10:15)
  29. I am loving the Lord with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. (Mark 12:30)
  30. I am strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. (Eph. 6:10)
  31. I am not tempted by God for God tempts no one. (Jam. 1:13-15)
  32. I am a possessor of the sure mercies of David. (Acts 13:34; 2 Sam. 7:8-15)
  33. I am doing all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Phil. 4:13)
  34. I am dressed in garments of praise instead of the spirit of depression. (Isa 61:3)
  35. I am rejoicing always and praying without ceasing. (1 Thes. 5:16,17)
  36. I am boldly coming to God’s throne in time of need. (Heb. 4:16)
  37. I am presenting my requests to God only in the attitude of gratitude. (Phil. 4:6)
  38. I am giving thanks in everything. (1 Thes. 5:18)
  39. I am not quenching the Spirit or despising prophecies. (1 Thes. 4:19,20)
  40. I am holding fast to what is good and abstaining from evil. (1 Thes. 5:21-22)
  41. I am an heir of God and a joint heir with Jesus. (Rom. 8:17)
  42. I am heir to the blessings of Abraham. (Gal. 3:13,14)
  43. I am seeking God’s will on earth. (Mat. 6:10)
  44. I am a doer of the word and not hearing it only. (Jam. 1:22)
  45. I am blessed coming in and blessed going out. (Deu. 28:6)
  46. I am an heir of eternal life. (1 John 5:11,12)
  47. I am seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Eph. 2:6)
  48. I am blessed with all spiritual blessings (Eph. 1:3)
  49. I am healed by His stripes. (1 Pet. 2:24)
  50. I am healthy and prospering as my soul prospers. (3 John 2)
  51. I am exercising my authority over the enemy. (Luke 10:19)
  52. I am the head and not the tail, above only and not beneath. (Deu. 28:13)
  53. I am more than a conqueror through Christ. (Rom. 8:37)
  54. I am asking my Father for wisdom who gives liberally. (Jam. 1:5)
  55. I am establishing God’s Word here on earth. (Mat. 16:19)
  56. I am redeeming the time for the days are evil. (Eph. 5:15-16)
  57. I am an overcomer by His blood and the word of my testimony. (Rev. 12:11)
  58. I am daily overcoming the Devil. (1 John 4:4)
  59. I am putting on the whole armor of God. (Eph. 6:10-18)
  60. I am not moved by what I see. (2 Cor. 4:18)
  61. I am walking by faith and not by sight. (2 Cor. 5:7)
  62. I am where my faith takes me. (Mat. 9:29)
  63. I am asking according to His will. (1 John 5:14)
  64. I am casting down vain imaginations. (2 Cor. 10:4-5)
  65. I am bringing every thought into captivity. (2 Cor. 10:5)
  66. I am being transformed by the renewing of my mind. (Rom. 12:1,2)
  67. I am filling my mind with only good things. (Phil. 4:8)
  68. I am not allowing corrupt communication to come from my mouth. (Eph. 4:29)
  69. I am making God’s Word a daily part of my life. (Josh. 1:8)
  70. I am seeking to know God face to face. (Ex. 33:11)
  71. I am laying aside every weight and sin, running with endurance. (Heb. 12:1)
  72. I am quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath. (Jam. 1:19)
  73. I am a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation–special. (1 Pet. 2:9)
  74. I am an important part of the body of Christ. (1 Cor. 12:14-27)
  75. I am yoked with Jesus, working with Him in His Kingdom. (Mat. 11:28-30)
  76. I am caring for the needs of others before I consider my wants. (1 Cor. 12:25,26)
  77. I am meeting with other believers regularly. (Heb. 10:25)
  78. I am loving my neighbor as myself. ( Mark 12:31)
  79. I am keeping my relationships pure to keep my worship pure. (Mat. 5:23-24)
  80. I am speaking blessing only and not cursing, negative or putdowns. (Jam. 3:10)
  81. I am working on the church that is in my house. (Acts 2:46)
  82. I am looking out for the interest of others. (Phil. 2:3,4)
  83. I am allowing God’s leaders to equip me for ministry. (Eph. 4:11)
  84. I am called to be a minister in God’s kingdom. (Eph. 4:12)
  85. I am called with a holy calling. (2 Tim. 1:9)
  86. I am walking worthy of my calling. (Eph. 4:1)
  87. I am building up the body of Christ, encouraging and blessing. (Eph. 4:12)
  88. I am speaking only that which builds up others. (Eph. 4:29)
  89. I am obeying those who have authority over me. (Heb. 13:17)
  90. I am working out my own salvation with fear and trembling. (Phil. 2:12)
  91. I am rightly dividing God’s word. (2 Tim. 2:15)
  92. I am an imitator of Jesus. (Eph. 5:1)
  93. I am the salt of the earth and a light of the world. (Mat. 5:13,14)
  94. I am not disobedient to the heavenly vision. (Acts 26:19)
  95. I am a true worshiper, worshiping in spirit and in truth. (John 4:23)
  96. I am waiting upon the Lord which will renew my strength. (Isa. 40:31)
  97. I am allowing the Holy Spirit to intercede for me. (Rom. 8:26)
  98. I am praying and singing in the spirit when possible. (2 Cor. 14:14,15)
  99. I am speaking with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. (Eph. 5:19)
  100. I am watching and praying for Christ’s return. (Luke 21:36)
  101. I am giving to God according to my heart. (Luke 6:38)
  102. I am receiving more blessings than I can handle because of tithe. (Mal. 3:10)
  103. I am blessing the Lord, His praise shall always be in my mouth. (Ps. 34:1)
  104. I am praising Him in the dance, song and instrument. (Ps. 149:3)
  105. I am praying for the peace of Jerusalem. (Ps. 122:6)
Think on these things

Adam, An Influencer?

Screen shot 2009-09-10 at 2.25.42 PMGenesis 3:8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

As I read this verse I can’t help but get the picture that Adam and Eve knew very well that not only was it God’s presence coming but that He came walking. I can not explain how God came walking, but I am completely convinced that they walked together enough times that they knew what He was doing.

Can you just imagine the experience that Adam and Eve had to walk with God without the limitations of sin getting in the way? Can you imagine the conversations they must have had and the emotions that were involved.

Now, try to understand the loneliness and emptiness they must have felt once this opportunity was gone. The walks are only a memory, but what a memory.

According to Genesis 5:5 Adam lived 930 years. That was long enough to know his sixth great-grandson, Noah’s father, the ninth generation from Adam. And as we read the few chapters following we can see the possibility of Adam’s stories of walking with God.

Genesis 4:26 – after the birth of his grandson, Enosh, men began to call on the name of the Lord.

Genesis 5:22 – after the birth of Enoch’s son, Methuselah, he began to walk with God and walked for 300 years and was no more.

Genesis 6:9 – Noah walked with God.

Genesis 17:1 – God instructs Abram to walk before Him.

That last one was quite a leap, and yet the influence was not so far removed. Although Noah did not know Adam, his father did and for the last 56 years of Adam’s life. Therefore, Noah could have heard the stories secondhand from his father who could have heard them firsthand from Adam.

Abram, although he is 10 generations removed from Noah, could have known Noah for the last 58 years of his life and could have heard the stories of Adam walking with God thirdhand from Noah.

Oh, what it must have been like for Adam and for anyone who would have dared to listen back then and anyone who would dare to imagine and hunger for that walk today.

By the time Adam was dead and Noah was 500 all of mankind had forgotten God and the stories. We tend to so easily forget.

Walk with God.

Enoch, Walking With God (part 2)

Screen shot 2009-09-03 at 10.15.16 AMGenesis 5:22-24 After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters. So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years And Enoch walked with God; and he was not for God took him.

There are two facts about these verses that are often overlooked. First, Enoch did not walk with God all the days of his life. As a matter of fact, he did not start his walk with God until his first son was born.

Now, as we read on we discover the end result, that his walk is so intense that after 300 years of it God just takes on with him without facing death. But, what got him to thinking about this walk? What convinced him that it was the thing to do?

To discover this we will have to dig deeper into these verse. It was not until after Methuselah was born that he began to walk with God. Do you see anything yet?

Ok, then let’s look into the name Methuselah. We know that names meant everything in Old Testament. So, what did Methuselah mean. His names means – “his death shall bring.” Bring what?

The answer is found in this chapter. It’s in the genealogy and ages. With the information that is given you can easily discover that Methuselah died the same year that the flood came. It was the exact same year.

So, what did Enoch know? Coincidence? An event that effected the whole planet is a major event. Man started over with destruction of every human on the planet but 8. It is possible that this was the first of many rains. And the lifespan of man began to shorten. That sounds major to me.

His death did not happen at an economic crisis. His death did not happen at a major election. His death did not happen at the discovery of a major artifact. His death happened at the destruction of the world.

Did Enoch know something? If he did, which it seemed that he did, how did he discover this? This could have been only a revelation of God.

Therefore, I submit to you that Enoch, once getting a taste of God’s divine revelation, couldn’t stop there. He had to have more. He had a hunger that only God could fill. From that point on he walked with God.

This revelation may have been the beginning of his walk but it certinly was not the only revelation that he had.

Jude 1:14-15 Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.

Enoch, Walking With God (part 1)

Screen shot 2009-09-03 at 9.37.03 AMGenesis 5:22-24 After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters. So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.

I asked my 22 year old son to tell me what he knew about Enoch. He simply said, “Enoch walked with God and was no more.” That is an answer that most people would give. How much more information can you give from three verses here and a small handful in the New Testament?

Did you know that there is a book called Enoch which some accept and others do not? You can find it on the Internet for free. If it is legit then it would be the only book we would have that predates the flood. The Ethiopian Christians have the oldest complete versions of this book in their language, Ge’ez. Some ancient fragments of it have been found near the Dead Sea. Actually, the book of Jude quotes from this book in verses 14 and 15.

So much more can be understood about Enoch if we will take the time and discover exactly what the Bible is saying.

What more can we discover? He walked with God for most of his life, for 300 years. Walking with God seemed to be more than just a change in lifestyle. It was this walking that took him to a place he eventually just kept walking and no one ever found him again.

Hebrews 11:5 offers more insight but still not much detailing on what was involved in the walking. His testimony was that he pleased God during his walks and on the day he was taken by God it was an act of faith.

Are we walking a walk with God that pleases Him?