Today's entry (11/17) for A Year In The Now is entitled BRAIN-WASHED, and it's one of my favorites.
Now, to "brain-wash" someone, according to the dictionary, is to subject that person to a process by which ideas are implanted in the mind. It is a means of indoctrination that goes on all the time, on mutltiple levels...through the media, the news, Madison Avenue, pop culture, and certianly throught religion...and it is generally and universally considered a negative term.
But I used it for today's devotional reading in the positive sense...in the sense that Jesus used when He said "Now are you clean through the word that I have spoken to you" (John 15:3), and in the sense in which Paul wrote the passage below to the Romans. As I talked about yesterday in my sermon, there are many things in our brains...in our minds...in our perceptions...that need to be "washed out" through the power of the truth.
I was planning on writing about this for today, and as I was putting this post together last night, the following comment appeared on the blog:
I am actually amazed at how the Holy Spirit is so moving and changing my life. I am noticing how He, through you, is renewing how I am looking at things that I so thought were set in stone, from the many years of believing what I had been taught. If it were that I felt I was being pushed to change my thinking, I would go into defense mode and harden my heart. The thing is I'm not being pushed or pulled, I'm being wooed by the Holy Spirit, and I am convinced that it is Him. I have done so many things in haste in my life, but with this I have decided to just let it happen. I've learned in my years, that if something is supposed to happen, it will. I know that right now I'm going through a peeling process, and in the end I will be oh so amazed with the results of His working in me. Just speaking right from my heart.
November 16, 2008 8:32 PM
Thanks, Anonymous @ 8:32...
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life — your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
(Romans 12:1, 2 The Message)
Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I am being transformed by the renewing of my mind as it is being washed by the water of the Word! I am abandoning conformity to this world system and age, refusing to be fashioned and adapted to its external and superficial customs. My entire mind is being renewed for transformation—new ideals, new attitude. I am being transformed from VICTIM TO VICTOR because God is living big in me—bigger than my genetics—bigger than my family history—bigger than my dysfunctional circumstances. If God is for me, who can be against me!
Today I will be transformed from CAPTIVE TO CONQUEROR by the renewing of my mind! The Lord is turning my captivity as I exercise my authority and dominion in Him!
Today I will experience a transformation from TRAGEDY TO TRIUMPH by the renewing of my mind! All things are working together for my good!
Today I will embrace a transformation from MEDIOCRITY TO MAGNIFICENCE by the renewing of my mind! God has called me to greatness and I have accepted the call!
Today I will discipline myself (my words, my attitude) for transformation from being a WHINER TO A WINNER! Life is in the power of my tongue!
Today I will be renewed and reinvigorated to be transformed from a state of EXHAUSTION TO EXHILARATION! My youth is being renewed like the eagle’s!
Today I will be transformed from a paradigm of REPRESSION TO a perspective of RIGHTEOUSNESS! His nature in me has set me free from the law of sin and death. I will walk in a new mindset today, and today I will live in the now!
Father, wash my mind with Your Word today. In Jesus’ name amen.