“Change your thoughts. Change your life." God recently dropped those words into my spirit.
I had been wrestling with an anxiety/panic disorder that seemed overwhelming to me. No matter what I did, what I said, I just couldn’t get a handle on it.
Obsessive thoughts of worry raced through my mind. I had thoughts of loved ones dying horrific deaths. I remained outside in the car, instead of going into the store with my family, for fear that the car wouldn’t be there when I came out. Things that I once loved, like going to our post office box to get my mail, terrified me.
People around me thought I had gone off the deep end. They believed I was one step away from being committed to the mental hospital, but God didn’t. He had a simple message for me: “Change your thoughts. Change your life.”
Every action in life is conceived as a thought. A thought enters our mind, then we chew on that thought for awhile. By the time, we are done chewing on the curd of that thought, we have all ready decided to obey it or not to obey it.
The writer of Proverbs 23:7a says “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:...”
Take a moment and ask yourself, “What am I thinking about?” Whatever you are thinking about, whatever has your focus, is what is occurring in your life.
Jesus said in Matthew 12:34b (KJV), “...for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.”
Once your thoughts become embedded in your heart, your words start to match your thoughts. There is power in your words. If you are constantly speaking negative, negative things will happen in your life. If you speak positive, positive things will happen in your life.
“But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment,” (Matthew 12:36 KJV).
On Judgement Day, we are going to give an account of every idle word we spoke. Think about that for a moment. How many times have you let a curse word slip off your tongue? How many times have you snapped at someone in annoyance? How many times have you yelled hurtful things at someone in anger? That is a lot of idle words.
And if the thought of standing before God, giving an account of all your idle words, doesn’t scare you, what it is doing to your life now, here on Earth, should.
Just like God, your words have creative force.
Jesus said in Mark 11:23 (KJV), “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.”
Right here, He said we can have whatsoever we say if we believe and not doubt in our hearts. The problem is that Jesus didn’t say that if we only believe good things, and not doubt in our hearts, that we could have whatsoever we say. No, unfortunately this principle doesn’t work just for the good. It works for the bad too.
Let’s say you believe that something bad is going to happen, like you are going to fail an interview, and you have no doubt in your heart. You believe it will happen so much that you speak it out of your mouth and lo and behold, you fail the interview. You believed it, you spoke it and it happened.
If we believe and do not doubt in our hearts, we can have whatsoever we say, good or bad.
So how do we change our thoughts?
God has a solution in II Corinthians 10:5 (KJV), “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”
We have to diligently monitor our thoughts. And when we find a thought coming into our mind that doesn’t agree with the Word of God, we have to cast it down and bring it into captivity.
How do we do this?
We have to counter each thought that does not agree with what the Word says.
When Jesus was led into the wilderness to be tempted by satan, how did He deal with satan? He quoted the Word.
And that’s what we have to do too. Every time a thought contrary to the Bible comes into our minds, we have to counter it with the Word.
That is why it is so important that you study the Bible. You need to know what the Word says.
Then when sickness comes against your body, or the fear of getting sick comes against your mind, you can say, “By Jesus’ stripes, I am healed” (Isaiah 53:4-5, I Peter 2:24 KJV).
When you are broke and in debt, or the fear that you will never get out of debt plagues your mind, you can say, “God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19 KJV).
For every attack that comes against your mind, you need to have a counter-attack–a ready Word from the Bible.
As you take back control of your mind, thought by thought, you will change your life. Remember those words that God dropped into my spirit: “Change your thoughts. Change your life.”