Casting Nets Of Transformation

Pastor Ed Young - Lead Pastor of Fellowship Church
Ed Young

January 16, 2024

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2 Corinthians 10:5 "We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."

1 Peter 5:6-7 "Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him because he cares for you."

Think

Dive into your mind and see it as a vast ocean teeming with thoughts. In this vast expanse, pride can be like a lurking shark, stealthily navigating the waters, ready to surface at any moment. The Bible encourages us to transform our thinking by replacing the dominance of pride with the humility that comes from acknowledging our dependency on God. Picture yourself as a humble fisherman, casting a net of self-awareness to capture the prideful thoughts that swim beneath the surface. As you reel those thoughts in, let humility be the anchor that grounds you in the truth of God's sovereignty. 

Just as sharks embody strength and ferocity in the natural world, anger can also be a powerful force within the ocean of our minds.Imagine anger as a turbulent wave threatening to capsize the boat of our spiritual journey. The Bible begs us to replace this destructive emotion with the calming presence of self-control. Be the master angler who skillfully navigates through the storm, using the rod of self-control to reel in impulsive reactions. By embracing self-control, we ensure that the waters of our minds remain steady, reflecting the peace that surpasses understanding. 

Consider the transformative power of God's Word as the lifebuoy amidst the shark-infested waters of negativity. Instead of allowing pride and anger to be the sharks that dominate your thoughts, let the scriptures be the guiding light. The Bible serves as the protective cage, shielding your mind from the harm that pride and anger can inflict. Dive deep into the ocean of God's promises, using his Word as the bait that attracts thoughts aligned with HHS grace and love. 

As you navigate the depths of your thoughts, gratitude becomes the lifeboat that carries you to the shores of spiritual renewal.Reflect on the blessings of replacing pride with humility and anger with self-control. Let humility and self-control be your spiritual armor, protecting you from the sharks of defeat that seek to undermine your faith. In this biblical journey of transformation, may your thoughts be a testament to the power of God's grace, ensuring that the ocean of your mind reflects his truth.

Apply

Capture your thoughts and direct them toward God's truth. Say this three times a day: I have the mind of Christ. I have the righteousness of Christ. I'm accepted in Christ. I'm forgiven in Christ. I'm gifted in Christ. I'm strengthened in Christ.

Pray

Jesus, guide me today as I tag anger and release self-control. Allow me to capture pride and release humility through your power. Give me your power and strength to transform my thinking and honor you.In Jesus' name. Amen.

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