This is probably one of the hardest things to do and it’s an ongoing process that has to be worked on on a daily basis.
Don’t be discouraged though. It can and does happen if you allow Christ to work in your life.
“Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.” Proverbs 16:3
I was a tough nut to crack, stubborn and resisted change, even though I wanted to change! I had to commit to reading God’s Word and learning all I could about God’s character and what He wants from me and what I can expect from Him. I became hungry for the Word and that hunger hasn’t stopped! I was allowing God to speak to my heart and open to receive His love and grace. Satan’s lies were so engrained in me and I knew this wasn’t going to be easy. So all the energy I had put into my addicted days, I used the same energy to immerse myself in the Bible and Christian books.
A fantastic book written by Joyce Meyer, “Battlefield of the Mind, Renew Your Mind Through the Power of God’s Word” helped change my life. I highly recommend you read this book to enable you to learn how to change your thoughts. I started to learn what were Satan’s lies and what was the Truth (see my post “The Devil and His Tactics”).
I started changing! I stared getting inspired! I started listening to Christian music. I stared dressing more modestly. I started paying attention to my speech and my cursing. When I gained the desire to please the Lord, my way of thinking started to change.
The apostle Paul says in Philippians 3:12-13,
“I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection! But I keep working for that day when I will finally be all that Christ Jesus saved me for and wants to be…I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing—forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.”