Five Choices That Lead to True Freedom

Day 4 of 5 • This day’s reading

Devotional

The Choice to Grow


Growth is part of a healthy life. If we are not growing, then we are not experiencing the abundant life that God has given us. Any effort to live in freedom from addictions, habits and struggles requires a process of growth and intentionality toward healthy living. There are specific choices that help us in our growth. 


One of the most critical things to growth is changing the way that we think. Our thinking affects how we feel, and how we feel affects what we do, which determines the outcomes in our lives. This battle of the mind shapes our view of God and view of ourselves, and these thoughts lead to our belief system.  Depending on your life experiences, these thoughts can lead to many false beliefs.


So, as we start to think about what we think and believe, it's important to identify the positive and negative words that have been spoken to us. For some, we have been encouraged, invested in and told that we are loved and valued. For others, we have been criticized, neglected and told that we would never be enough. Depending on what words you have received and believed, you have become who you are today. This doesn't mean that you aren't meant to grow and change. Our life is in constant motion. It's up to us to determine to make the choice on how we grow.


In Romans 12:2 it says, "Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect."


You can choose to allow God to transform your life by changing the way you think, and that will change your beliefs. How you think about yourself and what you believe are so important when it comes to experiencing peace and confidence. You can change your false beliefs by replacing them with the truth of what God says about you.  


Read the following words from God as He speaks these truths directly to you:


But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12


For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10


But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God's very own possession. 1 Peter 2:9


Reflection:  



  1. Why is it important to change the way you think?   

  2. How have you followed the behavior and customs of this world?   

  3. What are some of the false beliefs that have impacted your struggles?   

  4. How do you think God sees you? How do you see yourself today?