September 1, 2023

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind . . . . ” Romans 12:2 (NIV)

GRRR. After deleting 24 spam comments in one day on this blog site, I sighed. This has been going on for a while and is now a daily routine. How do these people come upon Sowing Seeds? Based on the language of their comments, it seems unlikely they are seeking spiritual nourishment. Of course, I can’t state that categorically because some of their messages are in foreign character script, so I have no idea what they are espousing. But most of their posts have to do with things not-so-godly.

Even though I mark these missives as spam and delete them, I have no control over receiving more of the same. (The server I use doesn’t allow for blocking.) Since I have no say over what they do, I need to do something differently to take charge of my thoughts and actions. Which brings in the urging of Romans 12:1-2 to renew my mind and be transformed.

What Does it Mean to Be Transformed?

The dictionary says to be transformed is to be changed, to be made over.

I am glad I can have control over my thoughts and my behaviors. And I am grateful for the power of 2 Corinthians 10:5:

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

Amen & Hallelujah!

As well, I am appreciative of the promise of Isaiah 26:3:

“You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both inclination and character], Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation].” (AMP)

Perfect Peace

Oh yeah, that perfect state of bliss, sometimes illusive, sometimes here, but always something I would love to have as a constant resident inside me. God promises it can be. So what’s the deal with me not being able to reside in it?

Simply stated, it’s because I let my mind stray to things around me, to projects I work on. Such as, I have written two books:  When Your Husband is a Christian—but Doesn’t Always Act Like One and When Your Wife Gets on Your Nerves—or Worse. I am now in the process of getting the cover designs, ISBNs, formatting for ebook and paperback, etc. So many steps. So many details. This morning, my mind flitted here and there trying to envision, problem solve, and so on. In somewhat of an anxious state, I went to prayer. God gave me several verses:

“And I [Jesus is speaking] will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), to be with you forever—the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive [and take to its heart] because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He (the Holy Spirit) remains with you continually and will be in you.”—John 14:16-17 (AMP)

In John 14:26 Jesus again told the disciples God was sending the Holy Spirit to be their helper.

Taking These Verses to Heart

How could I not be comforted with these promises? So, when I went to bed with my mind all aflutter over getting my books published, I made a u-turn and fixed my mind on these verses.

My Mind Transformed

In the morning my first thoughts were, Yay! Jesus is going to help me today. The Holy Spirit will teach me what to do.

Indeed, my anxiety diminished. When it tried to rear up, I repeated, “Jesus through the Holy Spirit is helping me.” Then added, “I am not in this alone.”

Back to the Blog Spammers—

So, how did I take care of the irritation invading me over the spamming comments on this blog? Easy fix. The transformation? The Holy Spirit helped me see this as a great opportunity to lift each person up to the Lord. Thus, every time spam comes up and my cursor hovers over the post to delete, I pray for God to bless this person. The Lord knows all about who it is and his/her needs. Problem solved. For me and hopefully for each of them.

You Have a Helper

You are not alone in your situation, whatever it may be. Let the words of Romans 12:2 empower you by changing the way you think. The NLT version says it a bit differently:

“. . . let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. . . .”

As you draw near to God in prayer and read His Word, will you let Him transform your thoughts so you can have the peace He promises? You will love the new you!

Prayer:  Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for the freeing power of your words.

Thought for the Day:  “Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”—George Bernard Shaw