Transformation begins with the renewing of your mind (Rom. 12:2). Your behavior maps out a small "road" in your brain that creates a basic pathway for your thoughts.
As you repeat a particular behavior, your brain builds a bigger "highway" that allows for an increased volume and frequency of thoughts to move about. The results are your day-to-day actions.
In order to change your behavior, you must reprogram your brain. You have to deconstruct an existing highway and replace it with a new one. This is a process that takes time.
The Bible teaches us to be transformed by the renewing of our mind through the power of God's Word. In time, the result is the formation of an entirely new neurological road map that leads you to freedom from the past and to the better life you were meant to live.
God's Word gives us specific ammunition to fight specific idols men face. Today we're going to see how Scripture equips us to battle against the idol of control. Use these powerful verses to renew your mind and find your road map to freedom!
Fighting the Idol of Control With the Truths of Trust and Stewardship
Truths of Trust
"Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, yes, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand" (Is. 41:10).
"Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreads out its roots by the river, and shall not fear when heat comes, but its leaf shall be green, and it shall not be anxious in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit" (Jer. 17:7-8).
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths" (Prov. 3:5-6).
"Therefore, I say to you, take no thought about your life, what you will eat, or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body than clothing?" (Matt. 6:25, 33-34).
"Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God. Believe also in Me" (John 14:1).
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with gratitude, make your requests known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will protect your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:6-7).
"Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time. Cast all your care upon Him, because He cares for you" (1 Pet. 5:6-7).
Truths of Stewardship
"The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and to keep it" (Gen. 2:15).
"The earth belongs to the Lord, and its fullness, the world, and those who dwell in it. For He has founded it on the seas, and established it on the floods" (Ps. 24:1-2).
"But he who unknowingly committed acts worthy of punishment shall be beaten with few stripes. For to whom much is given, of him much shall be required. And from him to whom much was entrusted, much will be asked" (Luke 12:48).
"As everyone has received a gift, even so serve one another with it, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God" (1 Pet. 4:10).
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