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Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life
By Rick Warren

“Those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:5-6 (NIV)

You haven’t been sentenced to a life of frustration and stress. You don’t have to be stuck in your hurts, habits, and hang-ups. God has something far better for you. 

We all want peace and freedom—and the good news is it may be closer than you think.

The Bible teaches that, for those who follow Jesus, peace is a mindset. If you’re not at peace, it’s your choice.

In the next few months, the economy more than likely won’t change. Your work situation won’t change. Your broken relationships may not get healed.

But your mindset can change. That will be the difference between a life of self-destruction and a life of peace.

The Bible says in Romans 8:5-6, “Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace” (NIV).

Ask the Holy Spirit to give you better thoughts—thoughts that bring peace, not frustration. You need to look at your situation differently: in the Holy Spirit way

Will you look at your life the way you’ve always looked at it, or will you look at it the way God does? Remember, the “mind governed by the flesh is death.” Choosing to look at your situation through your own lens is self-destructive. 

Ask the Holy Spirit to replace the self-destructive thoughts with his own. When you’ve got something negative in your life, don’t resist it. Replace it. 

If you turn on the TV, and there’s something on that you don’t want to watch or you shouldn’t watch, you can’t just sit there and tell yourself you shouldn’t be watching it. You have to change the channel. You replace it—immediately. 

You choose what you dwell on. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you the thoughts you need to focus on. He’ll do it! He will change your perspective. And that will change your life.

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