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What Are You Thinking?

02 October 2020

Since becoming a Christian, I’ve come to realise something important.  I have learned that my thoughts are extremely powerful.  That they have a huge impact upon my life.

 

You may look upon your life – and come to that realisation as well.  Most people would actually agree that our thoughts are incredibly important and have a significant impact on the direction of our lives.

 

Here are some quotes on the power of our thoughts:

 

“Your life is headed in the direction of its strongest thoughts”

“Our thoughts make us what we are”

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t you’re right”

 

Now it would be fantastic if all our thoughts were good and positive thoughts.  But unfortunately, many of them can be quite negative and toxic!

 

And this is why GOD wants us to know – that the way you think – can make all the difference in the world. In fact, the way you think can actually lead to life or death!

 

That’s what it says in Romans 8:6, check it out for yourself!

 

You, just like me - are having thoughts … ALL THE TIME!  I read that scientists estimate that most people think between 60,000 and 80,000 thoughts a day! That is a lot of thinking!

 

God wants our thoughts, our thinking to go in a “God” way!  He wants us to have a Godly and positive way of thinking. This isn’t something that happens by mistake.

It’s actually something that we have to do on purpose.

 

In Philippians chapter 4 verse 8 the bible says:

 

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

 

Notice this, God is telling us that WE need to think on purpose, that we have to

keep our thoughts on focus on certain things!  

 

God doesn’t say that He will do this for us, He says that WE (that’s you and me) need to purposefully and deliberately guide our thinking in a certain direction.

 

I use this passage from the bible as my test on how or what to think upon!

 

Is it true?

Too often our thoughts don’t line up with what’s true! What is true you might say? Well God’s word is truth. If you want to think upon what’s true – think in line with God’s word

 

Is it noble?

We are children of God – our thoughts should be noble thoughts, not arrogant, but noble!

 

Is it just?

I choose to think on things that are upright, honest and ethical.

 

Is it pure?

My thoughts should be upright, honest, good and authentic.

 

Is it lovely?

Do I think upon how beautiful and stunning life is?

 

Is it of a good report?

Do I think upon the “good” in people and circumstances of life (even in challenging circumstances and with challenging people)?  Is this an “excellent” way to think?

 

Is it praise worthy?

What thoughts are worthy of praise – thoughts about God, thoughts about His character, His plan, His goodness, His grace, etc.

 

Thoughts about Jesus are always praise worthy!

 

Our successes, victories, failures and defeats begin in how we think.  It’s one of the reasons that the enemy attacks and tries to influence our thinking.

 

Many people believe that they really don’t have any control or choice in what they think upon. How many of us have heard someone say (or even heard ourselves say): I just couldn’t help thinking about that!  That’s actually NOT true!

 

The truth is WE CAN THINK on purpose – we can deliberately choose to think in a certain way!

 

We need to guide our thoughts when it comes to all aspects of our lives.

 

How we value and esteem ourselves?  Whether we believe that we are loved unconditionally?  Are we capable of doing something we have never ever done before?  Whether I am acceptable in Gods eyes?

 

Whatever it may be – we need to make sure our thoughts line up with how

God would like us to think!

 

WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?


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Mathew Tapusoa

Pastor
GoChurch Bradford