Summer’s activities has put a hiccup in our blog posts. Erme and I are sorry for the gap in posts, and plan to make up for it over the coming weeks. Also, we hope that many of you have experienced some much needed relaxation and rest during the past couple of months. Please feel free to share with us your news, accomplishments and prayer requests in the comment section following the post. It is always refreshing to join you in rejoicing and it is our honor to approach God’s throne with your prayer request.
I was speaking with one of our summer visitors about how we can realize our potential in life. Not only that, but how we can become the person of faith that God intends for us to be. If you are like me, I think about how I want things to happen in my life. And, I imagine the type of person I want to become. The Bible says, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he . . ” (Proverbs 23:7). This short reference speaks volumes on the power of thinking becoming a reality. In other words, we become what we believe. Take note, this can be a good thing, but it can also be self-defeating.
How so? Think about a time when you failed at something. Before the failure, what were you thinking? Were you thinking positively? Were you allowing your fears to set in and influence your thoughts? Did you envision yourself victorious? I would venture to say that your thinking became an active voice when you spoke to others about it. Your words proved what was in your heart.
Let’s take a look in the book of Genesis at what happened when Jacob put fresh branches of poplar, almond and plane trees in front of the flock. He peeled the branches, leaving white stripes on them. He then stuck the peeled branches in front of the watering troughs where the flocks came to drink. When the flocks mated in front of the streaked branches, they gave birth to young that were streaked or spotted or speckled. (Genesis 30: 37-42, MSG) What happened? The sheep visually saw the streaked branches, it manifested in their minds (their thinking) and produced young with the same designs.
What we imagine, think or visualize will also become a reality if we dwell upon it. Thinking good thoughts will produce a healthy heart. Imagining the possibilities of what could be in a positive light will create a heart of joy. You will speak it out as such to others. As a believer in Jesus, if you think about good things then you will become the personification of it in life. Philippians 4: 8 states, “meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious — the best, not the worst, the beautiful, not the ugly, things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned … do that, and God, wo makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.” You will have well-balanced, peaceful life.
Thom Gardner talks about our thinking being a gateway to the heart. Our internal thinking gate opens and closes on thoughts. He discusses how the gate may have allowed past fears, hurts, cultural things, prejudice, etc. to influence our thinking.
James Allen, author of As A Man Thinketh, states:
- Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bear bad fruit.
- Happiness is mental harmony and unhappiness is mental inharmony.
- The outer conditions of a person’s life will always be found to reflect their inner beliefs.
- All that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts.
You control what you become by your thinking. Follow the Biblical path to knowledge and wisdom and your thinking will be based upon a strong foundation of truth. Knowing what scripture says will help you to weed out impure thoughts, thoughts that harm you and that will destroy your character and destiny in life. By doing this, you will improve your thinking and your outer man will also improve. Open your thoughts to what is good, think upon it and know peace as Christ intended.