There are times I’ve lain awake all night, crying and praying for God to heal my heart, but failing to exercise the mental self-discipline to change my situation. Disciplining our mind to change a bad situation, involves what the Bible calls “renewing our mind.” It says: “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:2‬) ‬‬We must change our thoughts—but sometimes it seem impossible to rid our mind of destructive or depressing thought patterns that haunt us like elusive ghosts.

But…did you know that God gives His children more than just ordinary self-discipline?

The Bible says: “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7‬)

When the Holy Spirit resides within us, we possess supernatural self-discipline!

The reason most of us don’t engage this gift is because we allow sin to displace it. When we allow our enemies (the world, the flesh and the devil) to be the loudest and most frequent voices in our head, how can we expect to be engage the HOLY power of God’s Spirit? Jesus died to take us out of the garbage pile; not so we could play around in it. We do ourselves much good to ask: What are we filling our mind with that’s robbing us of His power? Does it make any sense to ask God to heal our broken heart while stewing on the situation that broke our heart in the first place? Isn’t that like praying for good health while continuing to live an unhealthy lifestyle?

Sin produces the unhealthiest of lifestyles. 

We don’t have to live this way. When we pray for God to shut the door of our mind to the enemies of our soul AND replace it with His thoughts—we engage this amazing gift of supernatural self-discipline. How does it work? His Spirit becomes the loudest voice in our head and our desires become like His. We no longer want to THINK like a prisoner of our desires because His Spirit renews our mind and our strongest desire is the freedom we have in Christ.

When we live with the mind of Christ, we have supernatural self-discipline and—live in true freedom. (Philippians 4:8)

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