Great news. I received a good report when I went for a followup appointment on my fingers last week. Even though much healing has taken place, my finger was in a certain position for so long that I don't even realize now when I am favoring it. I will be carrying something or picking something up and my husband will ask me why my finger is sticking out instead of gripping the item as a normal person would do. I don't even realize I am doing this and have to consciously make my finger do what it is suppose to do. My finger needs to have a new way of thinking and remember that it is now okay and can grip just fine.
In the same way in our Christian walk, we often have old habits that don't need to be there anymore. We may not even realize we are still doing them. We need a new way of thinking. One way to get new habits is to have a new way of thinking- God's way of thinking. Each year I pick a verse that I want to work on being a part of my life for that year. For 2009, I have chosen Joshua 1:8 which says "Do not let this book of the law depart from your mouth; but meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be successful and prosperous." If I can follow this verse, I will have more of God's thinking and less of mine. Slowly my old habits can be replaced with habits that God would want me to have.
How will I practically make this verse a part of my life. The first I will do is make my Bible my most read book this year. I need to be in it daily. Secondly, I need to memorize God's word. When I memorize I am able to see each part of the verse more clearly and meditate on what it is saying. With God's word in me, I will be better equipped for battle. My thinking will be able to be transformed to God's way of thinking. My first chapter is Titus 3 and is a challenge from a online group. We are currently on verse 3 if you would like to join us.
Dear God, In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God. May your word rest in me. May I hide your word in my heart so that I will not sin against you. May my thinking be conformed to your thinking. In Jesus name, Amen