New Grooves


“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein

Jesus knows how your mind goes, so your life goes.

He also knows that you have years of pathways laid and that your most frequent thoughts have deep familiar grooves they travel in.

What are you thinking?

What are your most frequent thoughts?

I’m not talking about the power of positive thinking, I’m talking about the power of Christ-like thinking.

In fact, there is an incredible statement in
1 Cor. 2:16 NIV: “But we have the mind of Christ.”

That doesn’t mean that we are robots who all think the same way, it means that Jesus has given you access to His mind and how He thinks by the power of the Holy Spirit.

You have your own mind and think your own thoughts.

In Christ, you can make new grooves and new pathways.

“Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.”

‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:8 ‭MSG‬‬

When your mind is stuck on repeat and it is filling you with fear instead of faith-change it.

Refuse to take the old roads of thinking and make new pathways based on God’s truth.

Make His way of thinking your new groove.

What is Best


Set the world right; Do what’s best— as above, so below.
Matthew‬ ‭6:10 MSG‬‬
This is how Jesus said to pray.
You may know this verse as “your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”.  In the Message Version, it is translated as an open-handed request for God to do what He needs to do – “Do what is best”.
When I first started praying, I would try to get the words right so I could get the situation right.  Now when I pray, I let the Lord know what I would love to see but give it all to Him. I ask Him to do what is best from His perspective. I ask my Father in Heaven do His will, His way by His power in my life.
It is about acknowledging that you don’t know what is best or how to make anything happen.  It is about surrender and trust.  It is about being humble and honest.
Praying like this means giving God as much reign in your life as He has in heaven –  total.
Maybe it looks something like this:
“Heavenly Father, set the hurting world right. Set my personal world right. You have permission to do whatever You think is best even if I don’t agree with it. I give you full authority, full reign, and my full trust to do it.”
As above, so below.
How do you think God’s “best” differs from your “best”?
How does praying this way differ from how you normally pray?
What does it mean for you to give God full reign in your life…”as above, so below”?