A lot of old sayings sound odd, like this one, “you can’t squeeze blood from a turnip”. The origin is fuzzy, but the idea is that you can’t get something from someone that doesn’t have it to give. Turnips don’t have blood, so all the squeezing in the world won’t produce any.
In a similar way, it makes no sense to expect that sinful thinking will produce spiritually pure results. Romans 8:7 says, “For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will.” (NLT) Sinful thinking is self-centered and it is the root cause of all the problems in our lives, and the world. If we want to find out what is good and true, it begins by recognizing that we need a better source than our own reasoning. That is where the “good news” of Jesus changes everything. If we will admit our need, and ask God to be our savior, He will give us a new nature through His Holy Spirit. As soon as this happens, we are able to battle our old nature, and begin living lives that honor and fit with God’s plans for us. With a healthy understanding of truth, and using the Bible as our guide, we can be changed from the inside out.
If you want to have a life that God will bless, it begins by surrendering to Him, and accepting the new nature He has for us. Let the following verses be a guide as you prayerfully consider this:
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. 7 Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil.”
Proverbs 3:5-7 (NLT)
“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 2 Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. 3 For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.”
Colossians 3:1-4 (NLT)
“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
Romans 12:1-2 (NLT)