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What is Your Automatic Response
By Victoria Osteen - Jun 23, 2015

We've all been in situations where we said or did something before stopping to think about it. Most times, when someone tells me, "I just did it without thinking," they are talking about something they wished they hadn't done! We've all been there, hoping that we could take back words or undo something that we just "automatically" did.

It's interesting because research shows that our brains come up with answers before we ever become consciously aware of it. In fact, 95% of decision making happens subconsciously. When we face a new situation, our brain scans our memory for a similar situation and then tells us to respond in a similar way.

Think about that for a moment. Our brains are wired by our experiences. All throughout your life, you are taking in information that shapes your perspective and defines what you believe about yourself and the world around you. That's why the Scripture tells us to guard our hearts because what we allow into us will automatically come out of us.

The good news is that God's Word is more powerful than your past! His Word will actually rewire or renew your mind. His Word can change your perspective and thought patterns. Instead of automatically doing something you regret, you can automatically respond with the truth of God's Word!

Romans 12:2 talks about renewing your mind. The word "renew" means to make new or to make extensive changes. We have to proactively make internal changes in order to see external changes. We have to intentionally spend time reading and meditating on the Word of God.

Today, I encourage you to fill your mind with the treasure of God's Word. Write down some Scriptures and take them with you everywhere you go. Fill your thoughts with reminders of how God protected you and how you overcame obstacles in the past. Renew your mind to the goodness of God and set yourself up to automatically respond to life in faith and victory!

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