And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:7-8;
Your life is the outcome of your thoughts! Your thought is the engine room that controls your world: if you think right, your life will be right; if your thoughts are faulty, your life canít be straight! All the things which determine the life you live as a person - your actions, decisions and choices are all driven by your thoughts. The scripture in Proverbs 23:7 says that as a man thinks in his heart so is he. No matter how much you struggle, you can never change your situation until you change your thoughts! No permanent change can take place in your life until you change your thoughts.
The direction of your thoughts is what determines the direction of your life. If you are in bondage to anything in your thoughts, your entire life is bound to be captivated by that particular thing, and this is why you must be careful what controls your thoughts. Where is your thought leading you? Your mind cannot be an empty vacuum at any time, something has to occupy it. The five senses are the gates which lead into your heart, and whatever you consciously or unconsciously open the gates of your heart to by way of what you watch, hear, read, feel, taste and smell, will eventually become the contents of your thoughts which would be silently processed to produce a definite outcome. If you want to change the direction of your life, simply change the direction of your thought! For instance, if you really desire to please God and be free from bondage of sin of immorality, you must stop feeding your mind with pornography and dirty movies; you must quit reading suggestive magazines and avoid association of the ungodly. As you close the gates of your mind to the unwholesome things, you must increase the intake of Godís word by reading and hearing, and evil desire is bound to die a natural death in your life.
You can never become in life what you have not become in your thoughts! With your thoughts, you have the capacity to mold the kind of life you want for yourself. Itís erroneous for anyone to think that he or she can stumble into success someday without thinking it through; success is a journey that begins from the mind! For you to be great in life, you are required to daily visualize the greatness you desire and begin to invest in thoughts and timely actions that will deliver it to you. You cannot separate your actions from your thoughts; your actions are simply the outcomes of your thoughts. As you fill your heart with the right thoughts, follow through with the right steps and actions, and success is sure!
One secret you must never fail to understand is that whatever you think in your heart has a way of being attracted to you! This may be difficult to explain, but itís real, thatís the mystery and power of thoughts! God recognizes the immense power of thoughts, thatís why He prescribes to us in His word what the contents of our thoughts must be if we desire to live a good life and make it to heaven at the end. If we really desire to fulfill Godís purpose for our lives, we must begin to fill our hearts with the right thoughts. We must realize that whatever controls the thoughts of a man automatically controls his life. Satanís major subtle machinery by which he controls peopleís lives and affairs is by controlling their thoughts. One easy way to determine who the lord of your life is by what the contents of your thoughts are! This is the reason why we must totally submit our thoughts to God until Christís mind becomes our mind. Change your thoughts, change your world!
(c) Sept 2012
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