Mary, did you know that when you kiss your little baby, you've kissed the face of God? Mary believed and proclaimed that Jesus was God's son. While at that moment she may not have fully understood the extent of His divinity or the purpose of His ultimate sacrifice on the cross, still, she recognized Him as "...the Christ, the Son...
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"Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts." (Proverbs 4:23 GNT)
Your thoughts control your life. Every single action begins with a thought. If you don't think about it, you won't do it. What you allow to captivate your thought life will eventually dominate your entire life. What you meditate on will begin to program your mind and change how you think and ultimately change how you live out your life. You are what you think! (Proverbs 23:7)
"Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God's laws, and it never will. That's why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God" (Romans 8:5-8 NLT)
The good news is, you can rewire those wayward connections and reprogram your mind by changing your mind. So if you don't like the condition of your life, change it by changing your mind. It's in your control.
Begin to meditate upon the things of God. No longer meditate upon the sinful lusts of the flesh. Don't allow those sinful thoughts to flood your mind. Think about your spouse. Think about your family. Think about God. Think about Scripture. Think about eternity. "Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth." (Colossians 3:2 NLT) Think about this Scripture to help you get your mind right: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him." (1 Corinthians 2:9 NLT) Yeah, think about that instead of your own sinful desires.
If you're a Christian, you already have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). You were wired for this!
"Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think." (Romans 12:2 NLT)
"Bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ." (2 Corinthians 10:5)
"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." (Philippians 4:8 ESV)
As he thinks in his heart, so is he." (Proverbs 23:7)
"So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won't be doing what your sinful nature craves." (Galatians 5:16 NLT)
"As Jesus' mother, my heart breaks for Him today. It is heavy and burdened with grief and sorrow as I stood here and watched my beloved son die on the cross. I am filled with gratitude for the privilege of being his mother, but I am also overwhelmed by the pain of watching him suffer and die."
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