“So prepare your minds for action, be completely sober [in spirit—steadfast, self-disciplined, spiritually and morally alert], fix your hope completely on the grace [of God] that is coming to you when Jesus Christ is revealed.” 1 Peter 1:13 (AMP)
Have you ever been set free from something only to find yourself going right back to it? It can become a chaotic cycle. I was set free when I accepted Christ; yet I kept finding myself slipping back into old patterns. It is difficult to stay free in some area of our lives if we are not being proactive in the process.
For years I struggled with emotional eating. Food was always my source of comfort until one day; the Holy Spirit told me I had an unhealthy attachment to food. Those were not words I was excited about hearing. However, at this point, I knew I needed to do something different.
How could I get free and stay free? My process began with preparing my mind for action. Upon recognizing where my problem stemmed, I had to deal with the root issues. I had to go back and renew my mind by focusing on the truth of God’s Word. The truth of what God said about me. It helped me understand that he is my true source of comfort. He is my place of peace and refuge.
Renewing my mind had to become a daily process at this point. I learned it was my responsibility to take charge of my thought life in order to break free totally. It is like bathing regularly. In order to wash away the influence of the world, reading the Bible and other inspirational materials is vital. We must also be intentional when it comes to dumping negative emotions as well as daily filtering what we allow to enter our minds.
Father, help those that are reading this today to end the constant cycles they often find themselves in. Grant them the grace to prepare their mind for action as they walk with you day by day to the place of true freedom and wholeness. In Jesus name, amen.
By Mary Pinckney
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