Addictions & Mindsets

gooey dessert
 
Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes. Romans 12:2 TPT
 
I was reminded of how well magic erasers work on getting marks off your walls. Just wet it a little and scrub and wow, just like new. But of course, some marks, well, you just have to take some Kilz and paint over it. Same result, just a bit more work.
 
So it is with old mindsets and habits. Some are easy to change, some are difficult. Once we discover truth and focus on that truth, we can shift our minds to believe truth. Habits are a little harder. They say to change old ones, you must form new ones to replace the old, and to do it for 21 days is key.
 
I developed a bad habit of eating sweets, which I know I shouldn’t eat for a plethora of reasons. The only way I could break that habit was to strip my house of everything with sugar in it and go on a water only fast for 3 days. I know it works because I’ve done it before. After 3 days, I began a low carb program for 2 weeks and then allowed myself a few berries.
 
What’s amazing is that before I did this, berries didn’t satisfy me. I just wanted SUGAR! Gooey, rich, delightfully sticky deserts which were yummy on my lips, but surprisingly dissatisfying in my gut. All it did was create an addiction for more of the same.
 
It’s never a delight to deprive our bodies of things it craves, but when the withdrawals are over, there’s more clarity of mind. So it is with the spirit. When you delve into the Word of God and allow it to wash your mind of all the other stuff you watch and read, it reforms your thinking. There is nothing more satisfying and life changing like the Word.
 
I may never look like I did when I was in my 30’s, but I will definitely think different. This will empower me to discern God’s will as I live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes. What Kilz does for my wall, Gods word does for my mind.
 
Father, thank you for this, another benefit that crowns me with lovingkindness and tender mercies. So satisfying is Your Word to me that I have become addicted to it. It’s an addiction I will never need to break for it has drawn me into Your secret place where I’m content to abide. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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