“Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self controlled;
set your hope fully on the grace to be given you
when Jesus Christ is revealed”

1Peter 1:13, NIV

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a
roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

1Peter 5:8, NKJV

In the exciting world of sports, training makes an athlete stronger. Commitment to training is absolutely essential. The Olympic games epitomize the apex of training. Conditioning is important to an athlete.

Spiritual conditioning is just as important. Our minds need to focus on God. We receive our blessings from God’s presence. An athlete conditions his body. Our spiritual conditioning focuses on the mind. Our attitudes, thoughts, fantasies, ideas, daydreams, and concepts need to find satisfaction in God’s promises.

James Gillis, founder and director of St. Luke’s Cataract & Laser Institute states, “with all our might, we need to captivate our thoughts and diligently seek the transformation of the mind.” Christ’s thoughts need to become our thoughts. Scripture teaches us that we have the mind of Christ. Since God has given us responsibility for our thoughts, He gives us the power to control and direct them. We are responsible for the choices we make. The Scripture provides the tools. Prayer and meditation supply the wisdom. C. S. Lewis wrote “people turn into what they try to be.” If we put our efforts into the abundant life, we will radiate with joy.

Baseball’s major league strikeout king, Nolan Ryan, said that a person cannot control his mind until he controls his body. The ancient saying is true that “it is mind over matter.”

External change is legalism. Internal change takes orientation. Our roots must be founded, filled, and fed by God’s Word. God’s Word is supreme. When I read God’s Word and allow it to change my mind, it is as if God were right there with me. The fact is He is!

QUESTION: What ideas and concepts do you have that need to be directed by God’s Word? How can God’s Word be developed in your life to accomplish this?