Today, I’m setting the stage for a multi part series I’ll be writing on renewing your mind. If you’re on my maling list, you’ll be automatically updated each time I add another post to the series.
Proverbs 23:7 says:
For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.
Naturally, this applies to women as well as men but it really does clear up one thing, that “luck” has nothing to do with what you get in life and certainly who you become, but rather it’s what thoughts you given birth to in your mind.
T.D.Jakes in his Women Thou Art Loosed Bible, speaks about the fact that we must purge our thoughts and clean out low self-esteem, pride arrogance, hidden jealousy etc. He says …
“To use a medical metaphor, the mind is the “placenta” of the spirit man. It holds and nurtures the seeds it has been impregnated with until the time of delivery. If you have the seed of a thought in your mind and you don’t want the child that that seed will produce, your only recourse is to abort it before it is carried to full term.”
In other words, your thoughts have led you to where you are today. You thought it, mediated it and then manifested or gave birth to it.
So, if you don’t like who your are or your situation, it’s time to change the way you think about yourself, others and life, so you don’t keep reproducing the same kind of “child” as T.D.Jakes put it.
And I for one know just how difficult that can be at times, especially when you can’t see your way clear out of a situation. But you have to ask yourself, are my negative thoughts going to bring me joy and peace? Am I helping myself or those around me by rehearsing the same stories of yesterday and will my current thoughts bring me what I really want in life?
Any dream is possible if you can conceive it first in your mind and, if you don’t like the way your life is now, change what you’re thinking and by doing so, you can literally abort your self depreciating thoughts and immediately conceive new thoughts that will bring you joy and peace now and in the future.
Seeing yourself the way God sees you and speaking what you want your life to look is far more powerful than complaining and whining about the way things are. And, I’m speaking from personal experience here.
I remember going through a really bad period at work a few years ago and looking back, I tell my husband how much I now feel sorry for him. I drive and he doesn’t and so I would take him to work and pick him up again and I’m telling you, all I spoke about for months whilst this thing was hanging over my head was the situation. It was eating me up and no doubt others around me too.
At the time, I told my HR manager that if it took three years, the truth would come out. It did take three years and ironically, it was when I stopped focusing on the problem … when I stopped talking about it and feeding myself and others with the negative aspects of the situation.
You see, whilst I was desperate for that episode in my life to be over, I was prolonging the situation by feeding on it day and night. I was speaking about the situation and how wrong things were instead of focusing on “living life” and, what that looked like for me.
It was a real lesson for me and I’ve had to learn to “live” through difficult times and let the joy of the Lord be my strength.
Now, I understand that we are continually manifesting all the time and so it makes more sense to think and speak what you want to happen as opposed to the fears and worries or, what you dislike about you, your life and other people.
What goes in, must come out and so if you want to change your thougts and your life, it’s time to get into the Word and believe those things that God said about you. His Words are the most positive things you will ever read about yourself and His plans for you are good (Jeremiah 29:11). It’s time to check out His plans for your life and put a stop to living the plans other people have put in place for you.
It took me years to realise why it was so important for me to read my Bible. I was always led to believe that I had to read my Bible every day because that’s what I had to do to become a “good” Christian. It wasn’t until a few years ago during a discussion time with my husband that it hit me …
God keeps emphasising the importance of meditating and speaking His Word because we keep forgetting what He says about us and take more notice of the opinions of others and then we replay the negative video tape over and over with our own silent and negative confessions.
It really is time to start thinking about what you’re thinking about. As one author once said, “thoughts are things … what are you thinking about?”
The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 12:2 to be transformed by renewing your mind but it’s impossible to be totally transformed without adhering to verse 1:
I beseech you therefore, brethren by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.”
Notice how verse two begins with “And.”
This is the reason I state that you can’t do verse two without adhering to verse one first … verse two is a continuation of verse one.
So, what does it mean to “present your bodies a living sacrifice?”
The answer to this and much more will be covered in the upcoming series.
Until then, take some time out to read the Word. Don’t let the enemy rob you of your blessing because you don’t know the promises of God for your life.
Until next time, Blessings,