People often think that if they had something, or if something were to happen, their lives would change. Many get married, play the lottery, get a higher education, move to a different city, steal and even kill in order to have a certain person, object or position they believe will have the power to change their lives.
But how can they change their lives when what controls their actions and directs their choices has not changed? How can they enjoy what is new, when they continue dealing with things the old way?
The secret to changing your life is to change your way of thinking. If you want to have a new life, you need to absorb new thoughts. Only then will you be able to have a new attitude. And, as a consequence, you will have new opportunities and results.
This is what Gideon did. First, he changed his thoughts—he thought about having more rather than settling. Then, he changed his attitude—he went to thresh wheat in the winepress instead of staying in the cave. Soon after, he had a new opportunity: Sacrifice to God. And, finally, he obtained new results —he delivered Israel from the oppression of Midianites and became extremely rich.
Everything that happens in the environment first happens in someone’s mind. Nothing can be accomplished or realised if it hasn’t first been assimilated and processed by the mind. Therefore, when you want something to happen on the exterior, it must first take place in your interior. If you want to change what is on the outside, you need to change what is inside. Otherwise, change will never truly take place.
If you want something new, but are not seeing it happen, check if your thoughts are still the same. Maybe you continue with the same thoughts about sacrifice—that you have sacrificed in the past; about your own life—that it has changed a lot, and even about God—that He did this or that in the past.
Update your mind like Gideon did, when he said:
“[…] And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about[…]? But NOW the LORD has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of Midianites” (Judges 6:13).
He was not satisfied with the old, with what God had done in the past. He wanted new and updated results to tell.
You have a new opportunity to sacrifice. But if you deal with this new opportunity like you did before, with old thoughts, then it’s not going to work.
Change your old thoughts for new ones, so that you can change your old life for a new one. Change the “I’ve done that already” to “I am going to do that”; the “that already happened” to “this is going to happen”; and even the “I was that” to “I am going to be that”. This is what you need to do to change your life.
Renew your mind and have a testimony that is as up-to-date as the Word of God.
Bishop Edir Macedo