“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” Romans 12:2, NKJV.
There are those of us who blame everyone but ourselves for where we are. We blame the economy, the government, the poor upbringing, the lack of role models, and on and on. We find many reasons to feel no sense of responsibility for where we are. It’s everyone else’s fault. Honestly, when will the excuses stop?
The truth of the matter is this: Nothing changes as long as we play the blame game. Nothing changes as long as we sit and do nothing. God is not a magician who waves His wand and now all of sudden we are where we’re supposed to be in life. We have to do what’s required.
The first step is to change our thinking by renewing our minds with God’s word. A lifetime of thinking wrong isn’t going to change overnight just because you felt inspired. It’s going to take some reprogramming and work at finding what God says and adopting His mindset. Everything starts in the mind.
The second step is to change what we’re saying. Are you saying anything positive? Life-filled positive words produce positive actions. It produces a fruitful life.
The third step is to change what you’re doing. It’s insanity to keep doing the same thing and expect a different result. At some point, we have to accept what’s not working and do something different.
The Bible is clear…
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man. Proverbs 6:10-11
Whoever disregards discipline comes to poverty and shame. Proverbs 13:18
All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. Proverbs 14:23
The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. Proverbs 21:5
Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty. Proverbs 28:19
Prayer: Father God, I thank you for revealing to me your truth and for showing me what I need to do to change. Lord I take responsibility for where I am. I decide today to change my thinking, to change what I’m saying and change what I’m doing. Help me to make the practical steps of taking your word and renewing my mind with it. I am who you say I am and I can do what you say I can do! In Jesus’ name, Amen.