28 Aug Changing Our Lives, One Thought at a Time
I like to think there’s a sea in all of us. Your internal mental world, which we can correlate to an ocean, is the deep, wonderfully rich composite of you, filled with your thoughts, feelings, memories, dreams, hopes, and desires.
However, it can also be filled with storms of inadequacy, insecurity, regrets, fears, disappointment, and hopelessness. We’ve all felt this inner sea crash in on us, threatening to drown our future. So how do we prevent these negatives from becoming our reality? We change your lives, one thought at a time.
“Commit your works to the Lord [submit and trust them to Him], and your plan will succeed [if you respond to His will and guidance].” (Proverbs 16:3, AMP)
Thoughts are things, and they will become our reality. When we decide to change our lives, we have to first change our reality.
One of the most powerful abilities God granted to us is the ability to choose our thoughts and think things on purpose. You and I don’t have to think about whatever falls into our minds. This is a life-changing revelation! Proverbs 23:7 (AMP) tells us, “As [a person] thinks in his heart, so is he.” I say it like this: Where the mind goes, your life will follow.
If we don’t learn how to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:4–5), we won’t live the life Jesus died to give us. Jesus offers a life of peace with God, peace with ourselves, great relationships, genuine joy, and the ability to become everything God created us to be. It comes down to choosing to believe what God says (the truth) more than we believe our feelings, what other people say, or our circumstances.
So how do we embrace that truth and accept the peace God offers us? The Bible talks about three actions we must take to gain a mind that comes to an agreement with God.
1. “Set your mind and keep focused habitually on the things above [the heavenly things]” (Col. 3:2, AMP). Before we get into a situation where we must make a choice, we must decide in advance where our intention is focused. For instance, before you get into social situations, decide, “I will not gossip. I will not ruin someone’s reputation and offend the Holy Spirit.” Other situations may require you to decide things like, “I will not use language that is toxic today.” Or “I will not waste time on selfish arguments.” Alternatively, “I will not hang out with people who are destructive influences.” We must make a positive decision before we encounter the negative.
2. “Do not be conformed to this world … but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2, AMP). Renewing the mind is a constant process. We must take time every day to study God’s Word so we can intentionally think according to what it says. No one is perfect with this, but we need to make progress so we can keep our minds renewed and can grow in our relationship with God.
3. “Gird up the loins of your mind” (1 Peter 1:13, NKIV). This is old-fashioned terminology, and you might wonder what the writer meant. He was saying that we need to get all the trash out of our minds so we can keep “running our race” in Christ Jesus. God intends for you to win the race you are running for Him, as the first-place winner! By clearing out our minds, we are ready for action to follow God’s plan for our lives.
Commit to set your mind on God’s Word, renewing your mind with truth and getting what I call “stinkin’ thinkin’” out of your way. Yes, it might take a little time, but as you continue forward, you’ll start to enjoy the life God is offering you today. All it takes is a little more progress, one day at a time. The first step to understanding how to control your thoughts is to learn how your brain functions.