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Strongest Thought

18 February 2024

Man thinking. A chalk board is in the background with an empty thought bubble.

By Rob Post

 

Mark 5:28 ...”because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.”

 

Do you like ice cream?  When you get a craving for ice cream or think about ice cream, does it move you to the kitchen to see if you have ice cream?  Are you thinking about ice cream right now?  My point is, you move in the direction of your strongest thought.  I’ve heard this statement many times and when I was reading Mark chapter 5 we can see how a thought can change a life.

 

Another word for “thought” is the word “imagination".  Now when you hear imagination you may think of children playing and pretending to be in a galaxy far, far away.  However, we all use imagination.  When you hear the word ice cream you start imagining ice cream.  For some, you are picturing chocolate or strawberry ice cream.  It's because you have an imagination.  (I am picturing mint chocolate chip ice cream.)

 

In Mark 5, this is the story with the woman that was sick for twelve  years.  She had tried everything to get well.  In verse 27 it says, “When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak.”  Why did she do this?  She had the thought and from that thought she believed and she acted on what she believed.  In verse 29, we read she was completely made whole!

 

Despite twelve years of sickness, she found hope in Jesus.  She heard of Jesus and believed. It's important what we are thinking.  Proverbs 23:7 says,For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”  This woman was moved in the direction of her thoughts.  Other translations of this scripture say she “said”.  What we think is what we will say.  And she released faith with what she said and with her actions.

 

Discouragement can come in our thought life, but the Bible says we can cast it down! (2 Corinthians 10:5).  Just like this woman, we have to get our thoughts or imagination on the right things.  Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

 

Your thought life can move you towards faith or fear.  So it is important to read the Word of God.  It will help change the way you think! (Romans 12:2)  Let faith be the strongest direction of our thought lives.