"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” -Romans 12:2
I spent a lot of time in the early years of my life feeling unworthy of anything good. There were many attitudes and feelings that I had about God, myself, and other people that simply were not true. It was only through a revelation of God's love and grace at incremental and pivotal crossroads in my life that my opinions and feelings began to change. And boy did they ever!
One of the most monumental crossroads happened when I was 17. I call this my "true" salvation experience. This experience with God felt like a warmth that filled my heart, and something; be it faith, love, peace, or whatever mixture of all three changed my perspective just a bit about who God was and what He thought of me. I realized He did really care about me. I realized He was a very personal God - not angry or condescending - but full of love and patience and grace. I realized He cares about everyone this way!
The experience changed my heart, and made me a different person. It not only changed the way I thought, but through this reprogramming, my heart was reformed. I felt more whole than I had ever felt before.
My dad says that God uses circumstances in our lives to not only to bring about a habit change, but a nature change. God just doesn't want our minds to think different things - he wants the roots of those habits to be taken out as well. Then God is able to fill the uprooted void with His love. And then our habits do begin to change, beginning from the inside out.
What has God reprogrammed in you? Have you asked Him to reprogram areas of your mind and heart where you may feel inadequate? Ask God to help you with those areas where you may need some personal reprogramming. He promises to help us through it. (1 Thessalonians 5:24)