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Stepping Stones: New Life…A Brain Transplant

Stepping Stones: New Life…A Brain Transplant
November 10, 2009 Lighthouse Network

Transformational Tip
I talked with three strangers today…all separate, distinct encounters. But there was a common thread of similarity that ran through all three conversations… sadly, they all appear to be living the “old” life. I did not have a talk with them about their relationship with God or their spirituality…but the unhappiness and hopelessness came through so strongly. Isn’t this something we all either struggle with or have a tendency to gravitate to unless we are diligent with our thoughts and focus. I know that when I became a Christian, I didn’t get a brain transplant. Old wiring, connections, thought patterns, Satan’s strongholds, memories, and experiences were still in there, affecting my view of everything. If you too are living the old life, remember, God offers you new life—the life of Christ. The Resurrection affirms the promise Christ made. For it was HIS life he offered to give us new life. We are free to be whom He meant us to be when He created us.
Today, when you are stressed or feel down about yourself or circumstances, stop and ask yourself, “am I looking at this through lenses of the old life or lenses of the new life?” Adjusting your perspective will work on that brain transplant…a renewing of the mind…we all need to develop the mind of Christ. Click here to share with the Stepping Stones community your thoughts on whether you need a brain transplant or have already started the transplant process.

Prayer
Dear Father God, I thank you for the offer and the guarantee of new life. I know what it’s like living with a heart of stone…going through the motions…living in a state of fear and worry. Thank you for turning my heart of stone into a heart that’s alive and can have hope. Thanks for Your work in my life to purge the old self, old man, old ways and renew my mind. Even though I give up, thanks for not giving up on Your goal to finish the work You started. I pray in the name of the reason for my new life, Christ Jesus; and all God’s children said, – AMEN!

The Truth
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
Ezekiel 36:26
Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:11
to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
Ephesians 4:22-24

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