“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Ro 12:2 NKJV Sometimes we try to excuse our negativity by saying, “It was just a thought, it didn’t mean anything.” But it does! A wrong thought left to roam around in your mind can take root and grow into what the Bible calls a “stronghold” (See 2Co 10:4). And when a thought becomes that strong it begins to control your outlook, your attitude, and your actions. That’s why the Bible says, “Be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude]” (Ro 12:2 AMP). Remember, where the mind goes, the man follows! We all face challenges and difficulties in life. You might allow yourself to think thoughts such as “I just can’t take any more,” or “If one more thing happens I’m going to go over the edge!” or “If things don’t change soon—I’m giving up!” That kind of thinking prepares you to be defeated before you even encounter a problem. There is nothing strong, powerful, enabling, or victorious in thinking you will “go over the edge” or in deciding to quit. Those are losing attitudes, not winning attitudes. Instead you should think, “If the attack is this great, then the blessing that lies beyond it is greater.” Or, “If Satan is attacking me this hard, God must have something good in store for me!” Become a person who is spiritually, emotionally, and mentally prepared for any challenge that crosses your path, and don’t allow yourself to be easily discouraged or defeated. And you do that by “the renewing of your mind” with God’s Word.