I’ve been thinking a lot about thinking. What makes someone think the way they do? Is it genetic or is it learned or is it environmental? Because I’m not a psychologist I can’t really judge, but I can see what the Bible says.
Proverbs 23:7, For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
This verse is quite clear. If you think negative thoughts you will be a negative person. If you think sad thoughts you will be a sad person. If you think happy thoughts you will be a happy person, etc etc.
Matthew 21:22, And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.
What does believing have to do with thinking? Believing is thinking. How else would you believe? There isn’t a special part of your body that believes, while your brain is not believing. Does that make sense? Let me try to illustrate. If I am sick and I go to an elder to pray for me and once he has prayed, I tell myself in my thoughts or even out loud that I am going to get well, then I am believing. It takes place in my brain. The prompting to believe might have come from the words of the elder or it might have come from a positive affirmation that the Holy Spirit placed in my heart or my mind. It doesn’t matter where the thought originated, if I believe it is what I am thinking. Unfortunately most people tend to listen to and believe the negative thoughts which enter their brains. Those negative thoughts either come from their learned toxic way of thinking, or from the devil. Even though the devil is lying, when someone listens to and acts on what they hear from him, they start believing it. How many of us have been trapped by the belief that we aren’t good enough? That is probably the biggest lie that the devil tells and most common lie that people believe. Once the enemy has convinced you of this you start changing your thinking patterns to incorporate the lie into your being. Everything you do is based on the lie that you aren’t good enough. Every decision you make and every word you say is centred around you not being good enough. Everything you say and do changes and the very person you are changes. Just because of the way you think. You were destined for greatness but some stupid incident caused you a bit of rejection and the father of lies came in and hijacked your thoughts so that you now believe you have something to prove and nothing you do is ever going to measure up.
How can you change it? Can you change it? What if you’ve been thinking this way ever since you’ve been a child?
Romans 12:2, And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
This is the key. This verse tells you that you can start to think differently. You can renew your mind. When you accepted Jesus as your saviour, you renewed your spirit. Now you have to renew your mind because your mind is holding you back from what God has planned for you. The problem isn’t your parents, your spouse, your boss or your environment. Your problem is what you are allowing to go on in your mind. So how do you do it?
Philippians4:8, Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
You have to start thinking good thoughts.
1 Cotrinthians 9:24, Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.
1 Thessalonians 5:6, Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.
1 Corinthians 10:12-13, Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
We have to do it by using self-control and by constantly being aware of what we think, and by selecting the thoughts we choose to keep according to 2 Corinthians 10:5. And when we do this we are reminded that God is always there to help us. He will show us the way we need to walk, and think if we just allow Him to. Starting today, let us start pushing out the negative thoughts and putting in the positive ones until we are totally renewed in our thinking.