NOTE: This is a reprint of a post from the Kris Vallotton's website. Kris is a member on staff at Bethel Church in Redding, California. I share his posts here because I am always amazed at the insights the Lord gives him.
What do you spend your time thinking about? In this podcast, I share the importance of managing your inner world, and taking care of your thought life. You can’t change your life, but if you change your mind and align it with the truth, God will change your life!
Living in the information age, we are so aware of what is going on in the world all around us. There is a pull to focus on the things of the world instead of the things above. Sometimes, things that are common are not normal. Sometimes things are so prevalent that we normalize things that are not normal, but common.
When I was in ground school, they would always tell us each week about spatial disorientation. It’s when pilots feel like the plane is upside down and losing altitude, when reality is the plane is right side up and level. Often, pilots crash because they don’t trust their gauges, but trust how they feel. In the same way, we often believe our feelings instead of the “gauges” God has given us.
7 Symptoms of a Transformed Mind:
- You live in hope. Any thought in your mind that doesn’t inspire hope is rooted in a lie.
- The impossible seems reasonable. When you see an impossible situation you expect God to do a miracle.
- You live in peace, you don’t worry, and your speculations are positive. Your ‘what ifs’ are naturally positive instead of negative.
- You like yourself and rejoice in your weakness, knowing when you’re weak He is strong.
- You’re quick to forgive and you freely give others grace and mercy.
- You’re confident and thankful. Thankfulness inoculates you from pride.
- You believe in others and give them the benefit of the doubt.
When and where I’m weak, He’s strong. I tend to engage Him where I know I’m weak. I don’t have a perfect life, but I like how God made me. I don’t have to lay awake at night wishing I was somewhere else. It’s ok to like yourself!
You can’t be arrogant and thankful at the same time. I don’t get confident without being thankful.
and not get caught up in the religious and political spirits.
Colossians 3:1, Romans 8:5, Luke 8:18, John 8:32, Matthew 6:22, 2 Corinthians 10:4-5, Mark 8:14-18, Isaiah 5
I don't necessarily endorse all content from this site but it's always good to get different perspectives. http://www.krisvallotton.com/how-to-manage-your-inner-world