8 ways of right thinking
1. Remember who owns you. 1 Peter 1:18 says, “For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from the fathers, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ.”
This means in every aspect of your life, remind yourself, God owns you. God made you and He bought you with the blood of Christ! He is your Creator, Lord, and King!
2. Renew your oath of obedience. 1 Peter 1:2 says, “chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father and set apart by the Spirit for obedience and for sprinkling with the blood of Jesus Christ.”
This is the whole point of your salvation; to bring you into obedience to Christ. That’s why Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.”
I know we all struggle with obedience at times. But the struggle becomes much easier and the victory much more likely if we renew this oath of obedience.
Every time you sing of the Lordship of Christ, every time you confess Jesus as Lord in a prayer and address Him as your Lord and your God, you are affirming again your pledge to be obedient. I will love you Lord. I will follow You Lord.
3. Remain faithful to biblical convictions. 1 Peter 1:13 says, “With your minds ready for action, be serious and set your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
Peter is saying, tie up all the loose ends of your mind. It’s a picture of a soldier, who has a loose garment and he’s going into battle; he needs to tie up any loose end before the battle, so that nothing gets caught on something or nothing is blowing in the wind.
Peter is saying. Tie up all the loose ends of your life; all your loose thinking. Make sure your doctrine is firm, make sure your convictions are strong.
4. Recognize all sin as a violation of a relationship with God. 1 Peter 1:14 says, “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance. But as the One who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct.”
Peter is saying, don’t live the way you did before you were saved. Don’t go back to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. Don’t live sinfully the way you used to live as an unbeliever.
You have a relationship with God. You are His child. He’s your father. And you should be like Him. Be holy as He is holy.
Wrong thinking is to think, I can get away with this sin. I didn’t do much damage, nobody knows what I did.
If we change our thinking in this area, we move from lies and deceit, to holiness and honesty; from a broken relationship with God to a growing relationship with the Lord.
5. Render love always to others. 1 Peter 1:22 says, “By obedience to the truth, having purified yourselves for sincere love of the brothers, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again.”
As a born-again Christian, you now have the spirit of Christ living within you, who produces a love for other believers that is to be fervent and earnest.
“Fervent” means stretched to the max! Imagine if, as Christians, we loved one another with fervent love; a love that is stretched to the max!
Jesus said in John 13, “By this shall all men will know that you are My disciples, that you have love for one another.” The proof that real faith is there is we love each other with fervent love.
6. Regard highly the effects of trials. 1 Peter 1:3-4 says, “Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that is imperishable, uncorrupted, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.”
And 1 Peter 1:6 says, “In this you greatly rejoice - though now for a short time you have had to struggle in various trials so that the genuineness of your faith — more valuable than gold, which perishes - though refined by fire — may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ!”
All this health and wealth kind of preaching is a fabrication and a deception of God’s Word. The right kind of thinking is you want trials. One reason is because trials reveal the legitimacy of your faith.
The trial may be hard, but when you come out the other side saying, “All things work together for good for those who love God, I will yet trust Him!” You have been given a tremendous gift from God.
You’re a child of God. You haven’t turned from the faith. Instead, each trial is serving to mature you in the faith.
Right thinking is to place our hope in God! With God, it doesn’t matter what trial we face because God is bigger and greater! Please read 2 Cor. 4:16, 1 Cor. 1:8-9. 1 Peter 2:21, and 1 Peter 2:25.
God will often use trials to get us to rely on Him instead of ourselves. Trials also serve to help us to see that God’s grace is sufficient for us.
James said, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” So, regard highly the effects of adversity.
7. Retain the full function of your conscience. 1 Peter 3:16 says, “Keep a good conscience.”
Like pain, the conscience is God’s tool to get us to see, “Hey there could be a problem here, you better look into this.” The conscience will warn you.
When you have a clear conscience, you’re a happy human being. People can say stuff about you as a Christian and it doesn’t matter because your conscience is clear.
8. Recognize the supreme purpose of your life. 1 Peter 2:5 says, “You yourselves, as living stones, are being built into a spiritual house for a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
We are to live for the glory of God! This is the purpose of our life; to offer up acceptable sacrifices to God.
Whatever it is you do in life, whatever your job, whatever earthly path you choose to take, whatever goals you set, the supreme purpose of your life is to be worship toward God!
As Christians, we live to make Christ known and we live to make His name famous! There is no higher goal in life.
Stay in the Word
We want our thinking to be godly. We want a biblical worldview. And we want the mind of Christ!
Like any good preacher would, let me add more one point; if we stay in the Word, our thinking will be right and it will be filled with His Spirit. We will be able to do all 8 points.
And with God’s Word in our heart and mind each day we will be able to resist sin and live in the power of God truth. This kind of thinking will honor our Lord and Savior!
Pastor Doug Graham – MadeToFish.com – Main St. Community Church