The Power of Your Thoughts

Telling funny story

I was having lunch with a young woman in her twenties who is attractive, intelligent, and loves the Lord. We didn’t start out talking about relationships, but the conversation ended up going in that direction after a very handsome young man walked by.  She made the comment, “I don’t think I could ever attract someone that handsome.” I said to her, “Be careful what you speak. Your words have creative power!” She said that she didn’t mean it to come out the way that it sounded, but I still reminded her of the verse in Proverbs 18:21(NLT) that says, “The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.”

Our mouths speak what is in our hearts. People will often backtrack or make excuses regarding the words they speak, but words mean something. You can tell who a person is, and how they think and feel by what they say. This is one of the reasons that Heavenly Father instructs us to guard our hearts and be careful about what we let into them, because the issues of life spring forth from the heart. (Proverbs 4:23)

God tells us in Genesis 1:26 that we are made in His image and likeness. He has empowered us through the Lord Jesus Christ to make things happen on this earth. He’s given us a part of His creative ability, and it can be evidenced through the faith of Jesus Christ. Through faith, we can call those things that are not as though they were. To ‘CALL’ is to speak things forth through our mouths. We can speak things into existence, and it is absolutely amazing to know that God has given us this capacity. He spoke creation into existence, and because we are made in His image, we too can speak, and things happen. They cooperate, coagulate, congeal, and conspire to manifest. All because we spoke, and believed the confession we put out there.

Our words begin with our thoughts, and some of us have thoughts that don’t convey the truth about our identity in Christ. We have negative and dark thoughts that do not bring honor to God or please Him; therefore, they are thoughts that will keep us in bondage, and cause harm to our relationship with Heavenly Father. These are the kind of thoughts that God tells us to squash. Some people are under the delusion that they are not able to control their thoughts. Not true! They allow their minds to run amuck, and refuse to put themselves in check. This is a sin. If you are a sane person with sound mind, you can and you should line up your thoughts with God’s Word. 2Corinthians 10:5 admonishes us to capture every rebellious thought; lock it up, put it in prison, and don’t let it go into your heart where it can do damage. Instead, teach those rebellious thoughts to obey Christ!

Proverbs 23:7(NKJV) tells us, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” Again, you can tell a lot about a person by what he or she speaks, because their words tell you how they think. Our thoughts influence everything that we do. They start internally, in our heads, and manifest outwardly. Many of our thoughts spark the actions we take in our everyday environments. So, thoughts are like seeds. Once you plant them, they can ultimately grow to become your reality. This is why Heavenly Father tells us in Philippians 4:8(NLT), “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing.  Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.  Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”

I reminded the young woman I had lunch with that nothing is impossible to us when we allow God’s Will and Word to filter into our hearts and become a part of us. We need to renew our minds so that we think like the mind of Christ. We must feed our minds what is pure, lovely, admirable, and excellent. When we do, we can expect that God will deliver His best in our lives.

Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.

 “The Power of Your Thoughts”, written for FindingChristianMan©2018.  All rights reserved. All done to the glory of God through Jesus Christ, our Lord!

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