Philippians 4:6-9 (TLB)
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus. And now, brothers, as I close this letter, let me say this one more thing: Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about. Keep putting into practice all you learned from me and saw me doing, and the God of peace will be with you.
A penny for your thoughts is not nearly enough for what rambles around in the human mind. Although the quantity of one’s thoughts might be worth a pretty penny, it is safe to say that in most cases the quality of such things are absolutely worthless. In a world that takes a plethora of medication for calm minds and ease anxiety, one might also assume that it’s all in your head. Well, you might be surprised to find out that the Lord puts a great emphasis on our thoughts. Worry is a thought. Prayer is most often in our head before we open our mouth in utterance. We focus on our needs which is also a thought. Consider what comes next, there you go thinking again. In our pursuit of peace with the Lord, if we could learn to fix our thoughts then our attitudes and actions would follow suit. The problem is that we try to “do” all the right things before we fix our thoughts on Him. We are to fix, correct, amend, fasten, secure or stabilize every single thought that we have on what is true, good and right. We are to concentrate on that which is pure, uncontaminated, unpolluted, and uncorrupted ruling out most of the media in this world completely. We are to dwell on the positive attributes of one another allowing grace and mercy to rule our thoughts rather than jealousy that leads to bitter assessment of the people that we meet. Such thinking promotes praise to God rather than complaining, grumbling and discontentment. As believers, we always have something to be glad about in every situation because of the confident hope that we have found in Jesus Christ. If we will put into practice such processing, we will have the Peace of God not based on our situation but received by the Lord.
Worry is generated by fear that is not a spirit we have been given. It must be accepted. Doubt is produced by a lack of faith that is easily overcome by what we see because we do not know enough about the Lord to trust Him fully. Our trust has been completely compromised by this world. It doesn’t matter who you are – you probably have some trust issues. If you are a control freak, you have trust issues. If you are a “commitment-phobe”, yep trust issues. If you are reluctant to share your life with others, again trust issues. Sin produces a paranoia because there is no hope. We wait for the other foot to fall. We assume everything that is good is too good to be true. But if we can just fix our thoughts, it will change the way that we live.
Psalm 139:16-18 (TLB)
You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your book! How precious it is, Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly! I can’t even count how many times a day your thoughts turn toward me. And when I waken in the morning, you are still thinking of me!
People must think about the greater good such as the leaders of nations and countries. They surely cannot conceivably render decisions considering every single human being under their jurisdiction. This produces too many variables. But God is omniscient and omnipresent which are just big words for “all-knowing” and “everywhere”. When He created you, He took the time to schedule every single moment of your life in detail. He left nothing out when considering the life that you would have packing it first with mercy and grace of Jesus to reunite you, and then everything that you would need to be raised to the Glorious Standard of Living reestablished for you as a Child of God. You cannot even count the number of times the Lord thinks of you when you know that He took the time to make the most of every single second and breath of our existence. Even when we did not know God or think about Him, He was still pursuing us. So imagine what happens as we unite our thoughts with God’s – the impossible will begin to happen in our life. Life will become illogical and that’s okay when you know the potential of every outcome in our life with Christ. It will be good with a future and hope. Every detail will work together for my good allowing me to rejoice when everything seems to be falling apart.
Psalm 139:23-24 (TLB)
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test my thoughts. Point out anything you find in me that makes you sad, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
Our response to such a comprehensive God begins with this – examine me and know my heart. Test my thoughts and point out anything that makes you sad. Is this the cry of your heart today? If not, it should be. As we ask Jesus to create a clean heart and renew us with clean thoughts and right desires, our true potential is revealed. (Psalm 51:10) We begin a new life in that moment. God does not judge our life based on our appearance or ability. (I Samuel 16:6-7) He looks deep within to the motives and intentions of our heart. He is looking for those who desire to live in His Presence not those who try to force their way in.
James 1:13-14 (TLB)
And remember, when someone wants to do wrong it is never God who is tempting him, for God never wants to do wrong and never tempts anyone else to do it. Temptation is the pull of man’s own evil thoughts and wishes.
Are you tired of being tempted? Are the trials too tough? What if I told you that it’s all in your head? No really, temptation is the pull of man’s own evil thoughts and wishes. Oh wow, it’s not the devil? Nope. It’s not God punishing me? Wrong again. It is that nasty sinful nature trying to convince us to rebel against God’s Grace, Mercy and Love. It doesn’t want to die so in desperation it will drag you down as quickly as it can from the inside out. You want to do wrong usually because of stinking thinking. Our eyes feed that desire. They are also driven to seek out what we crave as well. (Matthew 6:22-23) You will never begin to store treasure in Heaven as long as you keep looking to this world for satisfaction. (Matthew 6:19-21) The way that you live is a full expression of what you believe and what you think more so than any words that you will ever speak. (Ephesians 2:2-6) Until you desire Jesus Christ more than the sin of this world, you will be bound by logical thinking even though you have the ability to have the Mind of Jesus Christ.
I Corinthians 2:10-14 (TLB)
But we know about these things because God has sent his Spirit to tell us, and his Spirit searches out and shows us all of God’s deepest secrets. No one can really know what anyone else is thinking or what he is really like except that person himself. And no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. And God has actually given us his Spirit (not the world’s spirit) to tell us about the wonderful free gifts of grace and blessing that God has given us. In telling you about these gifts we have even used the very words given to us by the Holy Spirit, not words that we as men might choose. So we use the Holy Spirit’s words to explain the Holy Spirit’s facts. But the man who isn’t a Christian can’t understand and can’t accept these thoughts from God, which the Holy Spirit teaches us. They sound foolish to him because only those who have the Holy Spirit within them can understand what the Holy Spirit means. Others just can’t take it in.
Created in the image of God, most people innately have a concept of what is right and wrong. When we ask Jesus Christ to become our Lord and Savior, we are given the Holy Spirit. Now we have the Mind of Christ inside us to decipher the Way to everlasting life in the righteousness of God. (I Corinthians 2:15-16) What are you doing with this mindset? It will remain ineffective in your life if you do not learn to think like Jesus. Just because you know something, if you choose not to do it such knowledge is useless. Wisdom is born of knowledge that is implemented in our life. Essentially, it comes from learning from our mistakes or believing what we know to be true enough and worthwhile enough to use it. Human logical cannot comprehend how God moves and acts in our life. His Thoughts are too complex and way above what we decide is conceivable so we are given the Holy Spirit to guide us in our pursuit of knowing the Lord more and more. (Isaiah 55:8-11) Even with such an excellent leader, we will still never fully comprehend or understand what the Lord is doing or what He planned until we meet Him face-to-face so we must trust who He is when we do not understand what He is doing. Faith is trusting God when we cannot see what He is doing. Confident Hope allows us to stay put in that moment of the unknown based on our belief that He is good and faithful. If we can just keep turning our thoughts back to Jesus, every single one, He will begin to change the way that we think which will change the way we live opening the Windows of Heaven over our life. The Lord promises to preserve the Peace of Mind that we need to remain steadfast even when all hell is breaking loose in our life knowing His Love never fails. (Isaiah 26:2-4)
Hebrews 4:12-13 (TLB)
For whatever God says to us is full of living power: it is sharper than the sharpest dagger, cutting swift and deep into our innermost thoughts and desires with all their parts, exposing us for what we really are. He knows about everyone, everywhere. Everything about us is bare and wide open to the all-seeing eyes of our living God; nothing can be hidden from him to whom we must explain all that we have done.
The Holy Spirit uses the Word of God to cut to the chase. It cuts our heart open allowing all the sin to run out as God fills it with His Love healing all the broken parts. The Word is the Sword of the Spirit used like the excellent scalpel of a surgeon to fix what is broken in our life. The Word is Power in our life and to ignore it is to rely on human logic or God-given revelation that will change your life for the better every single time. It may be uncomfortable at first but I guarantee you will be blessed by the results. With the Holy Spirit and the Word of God, you have everything you need to empower your life. All you have to do is believe. To believe is to turn one’s thinking around and surrender our thoughts to Jesus Christ for examination, inspection, removal, restoration, renewal and fortification. Your best line of defense against the temptations of this life is to have the Mind of Christ and use it to change the way you believe. By doing so, your life will begin to align with God’s Thoughts on the matter and the impossible will be the reality of your life. You attitudes and actions will immediately and effortlessly change for the better driven by the Spirit and the Word. (Ephesians 4:23-24) The Lord will change the desires of our heart when given the opportunity until we have as much desire for this world as a dead man, but revel in the hope that is to come making Heaven on earth the real potential of our life on this earth. (Colossians 3:1-3) But maybe you are thinking today, but what if He’s not real? What if God doesn’t know what’s best for me? What if it is all a lie?
Ephesians 3:20-21 (TLB)
Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of—infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes. May he be given glory forever and ever through endless ages because of his master plan of salvation for the Church through Jesus Christ.
I hope this makes sense and if not I apologize. But even if at the end of my life, this thing called Christianity was all a hoax, just believing in Christ still made my life better. If there is no eternal life, the peace that I have found in thinking that there is has not taken from my life but only added to its potential. Praise God that Jesus is alive and He is for real. What I am saying is that you have nothing to lose in surrendering your heart and mind to Christ because just the idea of Him makes life better. God’s Power at work in us will do far more than we ask, hope or dream for so it is totally worth it. Faith in Jesus Christ begins in our head but until we believe it enough that it changes the way that we think, we will not begin to develop confident hope. Confident hope allows us to live in the Peace and Fulfillment of God no matter what each day brings because we know He is working it all out to our benefit and blessing. Faith is the evidence of things hoped for and the substance of what we don’t see. (Hebrews 11:1) So if it seems illogical it is probably God! After all, hope is not what we see but what we know. Your best bet is stop trying to figure it all out before you do it, and just go ahead and trust the lord. He has it all worked out. Fix your thoughts! It will change your heart so you are free to chase your new desire! Jesus cleared our Way back to God – now all we must do is clear our head!
Colossians 1:20-21 (TLB)
It was through what his Son did that God cleared a path for everything to come to him—all things in heaven and on earth—for Christ’s death on the cross has made peace with God for all by his blood. This includes you who were once so far away from God. You were his enemies and hated him and were separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions, yet now he has brought you back as his friends.