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Thoughts are powerful, and according to the writer of the book of Proverbs, they
have creative ability. For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. As one who reckons,
he says to you, eat and drink, yet his heart is not with you [but is grudging the
cost]. (Proverbs 23:7)
In fact, you cannot have a positive, exciting life and a negative mind.
See, I spent a lot of years unhappy because the minute I woke up in the morning, I
started thinking negative, sad, depressing things. Now I can truly say I am fully
satisfied since the Holy Spirit has helped me operate out of the mind of Christ
(the mind of the Spirit) that is within me.
Maybe you've spent years thinking wrong thoughts based on a warped, dysfunctional
past, but that can change today.
If you struggle with negative thinking, it's important for you
to come to grips with the fact that your life won't change until your thinking does.
In this video, Joyce encourages us that we can choose our thoughts and even think
the way God thinks!
Renewed, God-like thinking is vital for change.
The Bible says that God loves us, but have you ever struggled to believe this? I
have learned that if we never meditate on God's Word, we will never experience the
depth of His love for us.
The love of God is meant to be a powerful force in our lives, one that will take
us through even the most difficult trials into victory.
Think About What You're Thinking About
The Bible presents a lot of detailed instruction
on what kinds of things we should think about.
Philippians 4:8 alone tells us to
think about things that build us up, not tear us down. For the rest, brethren, whatever
is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is
just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome
and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy
of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on
If you're a believer, you probably think some Scripture-based thoughts throughout
each day, but think about this: Are you mixing them with negative thoughts or just
any random thoughts that come into your mind?
For most of my life, I simply thought whatever fell into my head. Much of what was
in my head was either lies Satan was telling me or just plain nonsense. The devil
was controlling my life because he was controlling my thoughts.
In Mark 4:24 it says,
And He said to them, be careful what you are hearing. The
measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure
[of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you—and more [besides] will be given
to you who hear.
This scripture tells us the more time we spend thinking about the Word, the more
power and ability we will have to walk in it. It also says the more we read and
listen to the Word, the more revelation we will receive to understand it.
In the flesh, we are lazy and want to receive from God without any effort on our
own part, but that's not the way it works. You will only get out of the Word what
you are willing to put into it.
I encourage you to make a decision to meditate on God's Word every day because every
moment you spend absorbing it, the more virtue and knowledge you will receive from
This article is taken from A New Way to Think, originally published in the March/April
2011 issue of Enjoying Everyday Life® magazine. Sign up for a free subscription.