The following is the introduction to my upcoming book entitled Are You Ready for Transformation, subtitled It’s All in Your Mind:
Transformation is a powerful word packed with meaning. It brings true and lasting change, not just that which is in motion while you are “feeling it”. True transformation surpasses your emotions and is known inside of your spirit. It is a metamorphosis that requires your readiness.
Lasting change must happen in the realm of thinking before it can be seen elsewhere. God gave us the powerful gift of the mind to process our thoughts and choices. Until you change your mind, nothing else will change.
It’s All in Your Mind
Desiring change and truly experiencing change is a matter of your thinking. Romans 12:2 exhorts that we are transformed by the renewing of the mind. Conforming and transforming takes place here. It is in the mind that you decide if you will engage in certain behaviors, or, if you will walk in the spirit. Battles are won or lost here. It is this place that you must change. It is here that destructive, habit-forming thought patterns must be torn down and replaced with the mind of Christ.
The transformation that takes place in the mind to bring victory that can be seen takes time and persistence. Renewing the mind is not accomplished in one quick swoop. Changing one’s thinking is a challenge, particularly if a certain mindset has been in place for a long period of time. However, changing your thinking is not impossible, or God would not tell us in His word to renew our minds.
Victory Can Be Yours
No matter how long you have been struggling with a thought pattern that keeps you in bondage, you can be free. You can change the way you think. God does not command us to do that for which He does not give us grace. He assures us that we are more than conquerors, and He assures us that we can do all things through Christ who is our strength.
If you have lost hope of ever seeing true and permanent change in your mind as well as your life, this book is for you. If you need motivation and encouragement to begin again, this book is for you. If you have tried one million times and failed, this book can help you try one million and one times. It does not matter how many times you have failed. What matters is that you allow the Lord to take you through the process of transformation again, and it all begins in your mind.
Throughout the pages of this book, we will take an extensive look at destructive thinking patterns, even those that seem harmless. We will also look at practical strategies to begin to tear down the lies and build up the truth in our minds. After this process, you will see how change can take place.
“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he,” Proverbs 23:7.