“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” – Proverbs 23:7 New King James Version
The Bible is clear in its teaching: A person’s thinking determines his or her reality. By implication, if you can change your thinking, you can change your life! We talked about the importance of thinking at a higher level when talking to God. We continue today by reinforcing that your thoughts determine your life. If you want to change your life, you will have to change your thinking.
Most of us end up talking to others about what we think about the most, and what we talk about ultimately shapes our actions, attitudes, and outcomes. Please understand that intentional thinking creates intended results.
Consider this for a moment: Your current situation is the result of yesterday’s thoughts, and your current thoughts will influence tomorrow’s results. If you are currently thinking of a bunch of negative things or have angry thoughts, there is a good chance that it all will spill over into negative words, attitudes, and results! Where your thoughts lead, you will follow.
Taking responsibility for your thoughts is critical. Nobody else can be assigned to do your thinking! You and only you can work in this area of your life. Your thinking cannot be delegated to an associate or family member. If you are negative, it will be hard to pray and ask God for a miracle. If you cannot ask for that miracle, your situation will remain as negative as your thinking, and there you will be … where your negative thinking led you.
You may wonder how long and how often you will have to work at elevating your thinking. Personally, I believe you and I will have to work at it as long as we live in this negative world. No one is exempted. Instead of being overwhelmed by this prospect of life-long vigilance regarding your thinking, be at peace. God is present to help you in your quest. Commit to God and lean on Him to help you. Trust Him to carry you through your battles for positive thoughts.
Where is your mind leading you? You can choose!
- If you continue on your current train of thought, where will you end up?
- Make a conscious decision that you will become positive by agreeing with God’s opinion of you and promises to you in the Bible.
- How can you adjust your thoughts to make room for God’s miraculous intervention in your life?
- Now, start praying with higher expectations and greater gratitude, believing that you receive everything you ask of the Lord!
Excerpted from The Daily Christian: Prayer by Iann Schonken: