Posted by: Heather | December 31, 2010

Have You Been Brainwashed?



Rom 12:1-2  (ESV)  I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

It never fails.  In December, immediately after the holidays, we’re ready to bid farewell to another year, along with all of the mistakes and frustrations that went with it.  As a new year begins, we often begin to evaluate what we’ve done that worked, and what didn’t, and decide which areas in our lives need improvement.  Then comes the usual result…resolutions.  For about 90% of the population, New Year’s resolutions go out the window within 2-3 weeks, leaving us in the same rut for the next 11 and a half months until it’s time to do it all over again.

Again, at this time of year, I find myself back again to ponder on the same scripture.  This scripture in Romans continually brings me back to a bit of wisdom my flesh just does not want to accept…resolutions are usually destined to fail.  This is because in using resolutions to affect change, we try to take control of our flesh by the power of our flesh.  The problem is, our flesh has no power.  It’s unstable and always wavering.

The context of Romans 12 is the body of Christ…how there are many members, but all do not serve the same function.   Each of us is different, and have different gifts to contribute to the body.  But we will never discern the will of God in our lives unless our minds are continually washed and cleansed (renewed) by the Word of God.

The daily practice of getting in the Word will change us from the inside out.  There is no resolution that can do that.  We all carry burdens and heartache from the past, and if we will allow our minds to be continually washed by the Word of God, we will begin to see ourselves overcome in areas we thought we never could.

As we bid farewell to 2010 and usher in 2011, there is one wish I have for you.  I do wish you all would be healthy and prosperous in the new year, but you can attain heaven without those earthly things.  Wisdom however, comes from above, and allowing the Word to cleanse and strengthen your mind will have a far greater impact in your life, even in the areas of health and prosperity, than any resolution will possibly be able to achieve.

I made a new friend, Emma, through my blog this week (check out her blog at …you might be challenged, and/or laugh a lot!).  She wrote something to me in an email that was so profound, it was a keeper;  Our scars tell us where we’ve been…they shouldn’t tell us where we have to go.  Ponder this statement, and realize that only you can allow your past scars to hold you back from your future.  Some scars never go away completely, but they serve as simple reminders of what the LORD has brought you through.  They can also lead you into avenues of future ministry that you may not expect.

If we make no other change in 2011, let us desire to be ‘brain-washed’ by the Word of God…the only cleanser that can fade the scars and do the miraculous…change us from the inside out, cleanse our thoughts, and help us start anew with fresh optimism for the upcoming year.  Now that’s brainwashing I can agree with!

God bless each of you, and I pray you have a very blessed 2011.


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