“Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.”
“I am unsure. I think I am who I say I am, or I believe I am who I say I am.”
“My thoughts of myself are exactly that: MY own thoughts of MY own self!”
“Debate me, PLEASE! We are who we think we are.”
“I am the best judge of my own thoughts. Ergo, LEAVE ME ALONE!”
“I am the best judge of exactly who I am!”
“Judge me not! No one can ever know me better than I know myself!”
Does anyone out there reading this see a definite pattern developing?
One of the most important steps we can take toward achieving our greatest potential in life is to learn to monitor our thoughts and its impact on our attitudes towards ourselves and all those who just happen to be around us.
Everything we perceive in the physical world has its origin in the invisible, inner world of our thoughts and beliefs.
To become the master of our earthly destiny, we must learn to control the nature of our dominant, habitual thoughts. The conscious human mind is capable of great good and equally extraordinary evil.
“Our mind is the master builder and that which we think upon may become misery or miracles.”
Our thoughts determine our destiny. Minds are really an amazing creation.
Our minds, thoughts and words are horrible things to waste upon ourselves.
Imagine yourself just for a few breaths and heartbeats thinking like Job.
Imagine yourself having this “mindset of Job” right in this very moment.
How long could you stand yourself living day to day with this mindset?
Job 9:13-35 Amplified Bible
“God will not turn back His anger;
The [proud] helpers of Rahab [the arrogant monster of the sea] bow under Him.
“How can I answer Him [and plead my case],
Choosing my words [to reason] with Him?
For though I were righteous, I could not answer.
I must appeal for mercy to my Opponent and Judge.
“If I called and He answered me,
I could not believe that He was listening to my voice.
“For He bruises me with a tempest
And multiplies my wounds without cause.
“He will not allow me to catch my breath,
But fills and saturates me with bitterness.
“If it is a matter of strength and power, behold, He is mighty!
And if of justice, who can summon and challenge Him?
“Though I am innocent and in the right, my own mouth would pronounce me guilty;
Though I am blameless, He would denounce me as guilty.
“[Though] I am blameless,
I do not care about myself;
I despise my life.
“It is all one; therefore I say,
‘He destroys [both] the blameless and the wicked.’
“When [His] scourge kills suddenly,
He mocks at the despair of the innocent.
“The earth is given into the hands of the wicked;
He covers the faces of its judges [so that they are blind to justice].
If it is not He, then who is it [that is responsible for all this injustice]?
“Now my days are swifter than a runner;
They vanish, they see no good.
“They pass by like the [swift] boats made of reeds,
Like an eagle that swoops down on its prey.
“If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint,
I will leave off my sad appearance, and be cheerful and brighten up,’
I am afraid of all my pains and worries [yet to come];
I know that You will not acquit me and leave me unpunished.
“I am accounted wicked and held guilty;
Why then should I labor in vain [to appear innocent]?
“If I were to wash myself with snow
And cleanse my hands with lye,
You would still plunge me into the pit,
And my own clothes would hate me [and refuse to cover my foul body].
“For God is not a [mere] man, as I am, that I may answer Him,
That we may go to court and judgment together.
“There is no arbitrator between us,
Who could lay his hand upon us both [would that there were].
“Let Him take His rod away from me,
And let not the dread and fear of Him terrify me.
“Then I would speak [my defense] and not fear Him;
But I am not like that in myself.
The Word of God for the Children of God. Gloria! In Excelsis Deo! Alleluia! Amen.
It is estimated that our brain contains over 100 billion nerve cells. Each individual nerve cell is then connected with 10 thousand other neurons.
Ask yourself – Think about – Exactly how complex is this brain of mine?
Research indicates that most people will speak at a rate of 150 to 200 words per minute, but the internal dialogue that you carry on with yourself (self-talk) you do at a rate over six times that of approximately 1300 words per minute.
Think about that for a moment.
We may not be that person. We may not be like “most of those people” but our innate ability to become like “most of those people” is actually quite stunning
The problem is, in all that self-talk, a lot of people are Negative.
Take the time one day to write down your words and your thoughts.
Repeat the process on another day and for as many days as you think about it –
Count the positive words and thoughts.
Count the negative words and thoughts.
What is the ratio of “positive thoughts” to “negative thoughts?”
What do you think about the results of your own self-examination?
What do you think about yourself based upon your own self-examination?
Whatever your circumstance today – rich or poor, success or a failure, happy or sad – is nothing but the product of your thoughts.
In a very simple manner, you are a product of your thoughts.
You become what you think about,
Where is your mindset right now?
What is your perception of your life right in this exact moment?
Is your glass of water always half full or always half empty?
Like Job says in verses 20 and 21,
Job 9:20-21 Amplified Bible
“Though I am innocent, and, in the right, my own mouth would pronounce me guilty;
Though I am blameless, He would denounce me as guilty.
“[Though] I am blameless,
I do not care about myself;
I despise my life.
If someone feeds his mind with negative thoughts of worries, fear, anxiety and confusion, his life becomes one of frustration, fear anxiety and worry.
On the other hand, if another person feeds his mind with positive thoughts of a better tomorrow, good and worthwhile goals and work towards them, it will become a reality, because that is what he thinks about.
If you keep feeding your mind with negative thoughts, you achieve negative results. If you keep feeding your mind with positive thoughts, you’ll achieve positive results. This effort is basically referred to as; “self-affirmation.”
Self-Affirmation is not a skill. It is an attitude. It is a mindset we must learn.
Neither mindset of self-affirmation nor self-deprecation is ever final.
The way your mind is programmed determines your mindset. Your mindset determines your character which has overwhelming impact on your attitudes.
American Educator, Philosopher, Historian, Psychologist William James (1842-1910) said, “the greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitude of mind.”
To get what you want,
change who you are by simply changing the way you think.
Proverbs 23:7, says “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”
People do not attract that which they want, but that which they are.
To attract good people, you must be good.
To attract godly people, you must be godly.
Instead of going to work on them, you go to work on yourself.
Your circumstances may be out of your control, but recall God is in control of everything.
Your thoughts shape who you are, but you can change the way you think.
Therefore, if you are not satisfied with your present circumstance in life and you want to change it, you need to change your thoughts.
Think and act like the person you want to become.
Before you can do something, you first must be something.
Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
Think about this: You become valuable when you value what God values.
Proverbs 3:5-8 Amplified Bible
Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart
And do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
[a]In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him,
And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord [with reverent awe and obedience] and turn [entirely] away from evil.
It will be health to your body [your marrow, your nerves, your sinews, your muscles—all your inner parts]
And refreshment (physical well-being) to your bones.
Transformation comes when we allow God’s Word to change our thinking.
How do you eliminate negative thoughts so you can become a refine person?
It’s the principle of replacement:
Colossians 3:1-4 Amplified Bible
Put On the New Self
3 Therefore if you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, sharing in His resurrection from the dead], keep seeking the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind and keep focused habitually on the things above [the heavenly things], not on things that are on the earth [which have only temporal value]. 3 For you died [to this world], and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, [a]appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
Philippians 4:6-8Amplified Bible
6 Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. 7 And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].
8 Finally, [a]believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart].
As your thinking changes, your feelings, decisions, actions and attitude will change and conform to the mind of Christ.
We have the power to transform our lives.
Romans 12:1-5New Living Translation
A Living Sacrifice to God
12 And so, dear brothers and sisters, [a] I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. [b] 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
3 Because of the privilege and authority[c] God has given me; I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. [d] 4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.
There is an intensity and urgency in Scripture’s earnest pleading to guard your heart and your thoughts about all else, and in scripture the heart is understood to be the seat of our thoughts, our self- will, the conscience and the emotions.
Our heart is the storehouse for wisdom and all that influences the life and character of an individual.
Jesus reminds us that from our whole heart, we should love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, with every part of our inner being.
We have been endowed by our Creator with reason and choices, with emotions and a will, which is bound up in the “wholeness,” “hole-ness and holiness” of our hearts – and we have been given them all by God to glorify not one blessed inch or neuron or brain cell of ourselves, but only Him and to enrich our lives.
But they should never be given free rein to rule our lives, dictate our decisions for unguarded feeling can fluctuate; unguarded emotions can twist and turn on a whim; unguarded thoughts can toss to and for like the wave of the sea and an unguarded will can lead you away from the path of peace.
The heart is more deceitful than anything else, and unless checked, double-checked and guarded above all things, it will surely and certainly influence our lives for evil and not for good.
– yes, we are to guard our hearts as the highest priority –guarded above all else.
We are never forsaken by God nor never left alone. We are never left to guess at the reason for the intensity and urgency in this earnest plea to guard our hearts above all else – for the heart is the source and well-spring of life, our hearts are the repositories for God’s life, treasury for His truth, warehouse of His wisdom.
Christ is our whole life and our whole truth, and our whole wisdom and the Lord searches the heart and tests the mind, and we are to guard the gospel truth that has been shed into our hearts – the knowledge of Him Who has brought us out of darkness into His glorious light, who has taken us from the doorways of our death and breathed into us the breath of the new-life in our Savior Jesus Christ.
Psalm 16:5 Amplified Bible
The Lord is the portion of my inheritance, my cup [He is all I need];
You support my lot.
So, is your cup half full or half empty?
I wonder ….
I think it is ….
I believe it is ….
In the name of God, the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit,
Let us pray,
Lord, my teacher, I’m often confused when I need to make important decisions about my family, my work, my relationships, my health, or finances. Show me the way I should go when I don’t know which way to turn. Help me remember to leave me, come to you, rather than trying to figure everything out on my own.
Guide me along the best pathway for my life. Let Your Holy Spirit advise me and watch over me. Help me to listen to your guidance and not resist it. I thank you that your unfailing love surrounds those who trust you. Gloria! Alleluia! Amen.