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Living in the Word Every Day
By Victoria Osteen - May 05, 2020
In the difficulties of this stay-at-home season, you may be struggling with your thoughts, fears, worries, and attitudes in a way like never before. Perhaps you’re realizing that you still have strongholds of wrong thinking that need to be broken. You know that you can’t keep thinking the old negative way and have the new things that God wants to do in your life. The apostle Paul says that if we want to become more like God, we have to renew our minds. He says, “Don’t be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2). When you renew your mind, you transform your life.

If you’ve given your life to Jesus, you’re a brand-new creature, and your spirit has been made new. The problem is that many of us have old habits, addictions, and strongholds in our thinking that are contrary to what God wants us to think. Our mind needs to catch up with what’s going on in our spirit, which can only happen when we are no longer conforming to our old thinking but rather submitting ourselves to the Word of God. When you read the Word of God and put yourself under its teaching, you dislodge strongholds in your mind. You break the grip that wrong thoughts have over you.

Fortunately, we have so many ways of doing that because we have the Word of God at our fingertips—printed Bibles and Bible websites, Bible apps, Christian music and podcasts and Christian TV. We choose what we listen to and watch, and when you put yourself under the Word of God, the strongholds that are trying to hold you back will be broken. Paul says, “To Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we can ask, think, or imagine.” I love that. God can do anything, but listen to the second part: “According to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20). God is saying that when you align your mind with the power that’s in you, your mind will be transformed.

You’re in a battle, and you know that it’s time to stand up and fight. It’s time to declare, “I’m not going to be held down by old ways and old patterns of thinking. I’m going to live in the Word every day.” Whether you’re fighting an addiction or an illness or wrong thought patterns, listen to the Word of God constantly and let it bathe and sanctify and transform your mind as it renews you. It will detox all those old ways and bring you into the new ways of God.
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