Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
In your own life, complaining about stuff and bemoaning your lot may seem harmless, but God takes it very personally. Nothing provokes the anger of the Father more against Satan than ingratitude.
The champion of awe and wonder in your life is the Holy Spirit, and when He is dominating this boxing match of the mind, He is causing you to remember and thankfully recognize God’s providence in your life, especially in times of change and challenge. It’s called contentment, joy, peace, and happiness. Deep inside, the Holy Spirit prompts us to see all the things we have versus what we don’t have. Our thoughts of thanksgiving gravitate toward the blessings of God, beginning with His grace and mercy toward us in Christ.
Let’s pause and think about the biggest blessing of all: your sins have been forgiven, past, present, and future. You know longer have to walk around thinking what a terrible person you are because of this or that sin of omission or commission. We now look at ourselves as God sees us, pure as snow. Remember the truest thing about you is not what you think of you, but what God thinks of you. Does this mean we’re not sinners, does this give us license to sin? Of course not. Who can do that, and at the same time be not only conscious of, but praising him for His love and forgiveness. You will never be a Christian soldier if your mind is a casualty. You are a child of God with full privileges.
What do you really believe? This is important. Are you a child of God operating from a renewed mind?
Father, it is you who pulled me up out of the miry clay. You have given me a renewed mind.