All of us have been deceived at one level or another. I certainly was for many years. Like so many others, I didn’t realize it. The good news is we don’t have to continue living this way. There is a solution. It’s available for each of us, but we must work to obtain it.
This has been the lesson I had to learn in life, and what I’ve learned I want to pass on to you. To be who Almighty God created you to be, you must learn how to think correctly. There is no alternative to this, and no circumventing it. The issue cannot be skirted. To abide in God’s will, you must to be able to discern what it is. If your thinking is erroneous, then there is no way you can accurately understand the will of God.
Although this should be obvious to everyone, people miss it routinely. I certainly did. Nevertheless, we have not been abandoned to grope about aimlessly and cluelessly. “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and of sound judgment” (II Timothy 1:7).
Because of who we are in Christ, and because of the Spirit that indwells us, we are tasked with the responsibility of being wise and of having sound judgment. This begins with correct thinking.
Unfortunately, there are millions of believers who do not know how to think correctly. If they did, they wouldn’t be deceived.
Each of us knows Christians who “just don’t get it.” For them, this not only affects their personal walk with the Lord, but also how they function in our society. To be an effective witness, which is measured by how we live our lives and not by the religious rhetoric we proclaim to be true, we must have our personal belief system operating congruently with the Holy Spirit. There is no other way to be fruitful—not with positive fruit anyway.
Simply saying something is true, without living it, creates a meaningless existence. Plus, it comes across as being hypocritical and disingenuous. There’s a good reason for this; it is being hypocritical and disingenuous. This is the specific reason why so many non-believers find Christianity unattractive.
Each of us has a role to play. For you to be the person you want to be tomorrow, you must change your thinking today. If you change your thinking—your view of reality—your actions will follow. This certainly has been my experience, and I can tell you that you will enjoy your life much more than you currently do.
It’s not the other way around. By and large, most of what Christians are being taught is backwards. The focus is on behavior, not on correct thinking. This is why the fruit of most sermons can actually be counterproductive.
For real change to occur, our perception of reality is what must be transformed. If this happens, then our behaviors will follow. In your heart, I hope you realize this is true. My hope is that you are stirred by this and do not take what I am writing as being judgmental. That’s the last thing I want it to be. I want what I have written to be liberating for you.