Every transition has its difficulties to some degree. Going into those transitions armed with the right mindset is absolutely necessary for our spiritual transformation through them. God wants us to be conformed to the image of Christ, always maturing in our knowledge of Him, in our love toward Him and others, and in our faith. He has a work to accomplish in our lives. He has created each one of us for a specific mission on this earth, for his glory, but we can’t look like the rest of the world, we must be transformed!
Paul tells us in Romans 12:2 that transformation takes place by renewing our minds, and echos that in his letter to the church at Ephesus. ~Ephesians 4:23~ And be renewed in the spirit of your mind. Something renewed is completely changed for the better, with new strength and vigor, it’s renovated. Just like a dilapidated old building can be transformed into a beautiful usable space, or a junk car can be fixed up and showcased, our sin laden minds can become sober.
~Titus 2:3-5~ The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
The first thing that needs to be taught to younger women is how to be sober. It’s the mindset we need to be able to do all God calls us to with the right heart attitude. It’s a sound, controlled, moderate, disciplined mind. A sober mind is circumspect, aware, and alert to the enemy. This is a mind that filters everything through God’s word, and in turn, responds to the transitions in life with truth and grace instead of emotion and drama.
A sober mind is essential to making biblical decisions, disciples, and in daily matters. The only way to have a sober mind is to fill our minds with divine truth. We need to:
- Cast down imaginations~ 2Corinthians 10:3-6~ For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. I know firsthand how hard it is to obtain and maintain a sober mind during difficult transitions, but it can be done.
- Think on things that are true~ Philippians 4:8~ Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. The temptation of our flesh will be to think on the past, our problems, and other people, which can lead to discontentment, disappointment, and depression over the season we’re in. Toss out any thoughts that have no basis in truth, and replace them with scripture!
So when you imagine you’re all alone, turn to Isaiah 41:10 and replace that lie with the truth that the Lord strengthens you, helps you, and upholds you. When you think that no one loves you, turn to John 15:13 and trade that imagination for the reality that the Lord showed the ultimate token of love when he laid down his life for you. When the transition seems treacherous and you think you can’t possibly take another step forward, lay your eyes on 2Corinthians 12:9-10 and turn your thoughts from the pain to the provision of grace supplied to meet your every need.
When we apply these truths to our lives we are renewing our minds, allowing God’s word to transform us, and ensuring that the times of transition provoke spiritual maturity in our lives.
~1Peter 1:13~ Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.