Step #2 Renew Your Thinking
“…be renewed in the spirit of your minds” Ephesians 4:23
Proverbs 23:7 “As he thinks within himself, so is he"
What we think is the truest indicator of how we’ll behave. Behavior always follows belief. Character is the ultimate outworking of our convictions. The stuff that churns in our mind will work its way out in our life. The trajectory of our life hinges on the thinking in our mind.
What we think will either strengthen or undermine our resolve. If we have flimsy belief systems we’ll have broken resolutions. But if what we think and believe is rock solid and unshakable, we’ll be able to withstand storms of adversity and our resolutions will still be intact.
Successful resolutions are not a mystery. It’s not about mustering enough self-will every day to slog through internal and external resistance. Resolutions, at the core, are a matter of belief. This is why Paul says in Philippians that peace is ultimately the product of “thinking" about the right things and “practicing” those thoughts with right living (Philippians 4:8-9). The more our thinking is renewed the stronger and more successful will be our resolve.