We all have some understanding of the power of the mind. Words like “positive mental attitude” and “stinking thinking” are part of our working vocabulary. Our mind is the center of influence for much of what goes on in our lives. With our thoughts, we can harness great strength that leads us through the most difficult of circumstances. Sadly, we can also latch on to thoughts of negativity and depravity that lead us into dark places and actions that are detrimental to not only ourselves, but also to those around us.
In fact we find that sin has a pattern that starts in the mind. A passing thought becomes a lingering thought. As the mind dwells on that lingering thought, the thought develops into a plan. From the plan the mind develops a method of execution. From that method of execution, the body takes action.
God has given us the formula for harnessing the power of the mind for His purposes in our lives. This formula is a roadmap for bringing about His glory in each of our lives:
Philippians 4:8 (NASB)
8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.
The truth of the matter is simple: “Where your thoughts are, your actions will soon follow.” When we think on these things that are listed for us in Philippians 4; we can also see the outcome. These types of thoughts taking residence in our minds produce truth, honor, righteousness, purity, beauty, integrity, excellence and proper perspective upon God and His role in our lives. These things are transforming in nature and they radiate outward, visible to all who are influenced by our lives.
Today I encourage you to take note of the thoughts that enter your mind. Examine the places your mind seems to dwell. Take captive those thoughts that do not fit the profile of Philippians 4, and give them no dominion in your mind. Flood your mind with the thoughts listed above and watch the radiance of God emanate from your life.