I Thought So

Proverbs 23:7For as he thinks in his heart, so is he (AMP).

What you think about will eventually drop into your heart and then come out of your mouth and in your actions. If you are having a difficult time controlling what you say or do, you need to take inventory of your thoughts. As Joyce Meyer says, “You need to begin thinking about what you think about.”

Every morning when you wake up, your sinful nature and your reborn spirit wake up with you. You then have a choice to make. Are you going to fix your mind on how you feel, or are you going to focus your attention on God and His word? Many people immediately begin to think about how tired they are and how they’d rather stay in bed. Others dwell on how awful their jobs are, or how they can’t stand the sight of themselves in the mirror. These are not the thoughts God desires you to think about. This kind of thinking sets you up for defeat.

When unpleasant thoughts begin to bombard your mind, the Bible implores you to take those thoughts captive and make them obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). But you may ask, “How do I do that?” If you start to think about how worn out you are, say something like, “The joy of the Lord is my strength. Hallelujah! I’m so thankful for another day of life.” Focus on how good God is, not on how tired you are.

If you constantly think about how much you hate your job, begin to give thanks that you even have a job. If you can’t stand the sight of yourself in the morning, thank God you are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). Ask God to help you see yourself the way He does.

Your thoughts are very powerful. They not only shape your perspective on life, but they often dictate your behavior. I encourage you to fix your mind on the Holy Spirit today; don’t allow negative thoughts to shape who you are.

Romans 8:5Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires (NIV).

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