Charles Stanley (August-24-2020) Daily Devotional: Thinking Our Way to Success.
Have you ever asked yourself, What is true success? The biblical answer is this: to become the person God created each of us to be and accomplish the work He has set for our life. Scripture tells us that this kind of achievement starts with our thinking (Prov. 23:7). We know this is true because of how the mind works, influencing our attitudes and actions toward both the Lord and others. The godliness of our mind determines, to a large degree, the godliness of our life.
Colossians 1:21 tells us that prior to our salvation, we were alienated and hostile in mind toward the things of God. So, the old way of thinking won’t help us become the person God envisioned. That is why Scripture calls for spiritual renewal of our thoughts and attitudes (Eph. 4:23) and helps us understand what should and shouldn’t be in our mind (Eph. 4:31-32).
To set our mind on the things of God, we must consistently choose to have the Lord’s viewpoint and reject conformity with the ways of the world (Rom. 12:2). When we fix our attention on the Lord’s character and will, we’ll begin to understand His perspective.
Success in the kingdom of God starts with renewed, godly thinking. What will you focus your thoughts on today?