Mindfield: What I think, I am…

Have you ever replayed harsh words in your head, repeating scenarios of hurt over and over until a negative mindset poisons your thoughts, ruins your day, your month, or even your life? We can be consumed with a destructive and negative mindset, even without recognizing it. Anger, resentment, and critical words can infiltrate our homes and our families; before we know it, they’ve become our culture. How we operate.

Scientists describe the way our brain looks as a cratered minefield. It’s no wonder that our mind can be like a battlefield riddled with thoughts of anxiety, depression, hurt, and hopelessness. Pastor Michael talked last week about our soul and how Christianity isn’t a behavior modification system. He reminded us that Jesus is in the transformation business – from the inside out. The thing is, transformation can feel a lot like waging war; and, our mind is a battlefield where thoughts and ideas wrestle for dominance. We have to fight every step of the way. Perhaps you don’t battle a negative or critical attitude. May be worry, fear, and insecurity bombard your mind. May be you can’t let go of your past or what you’ve done, and you can’t imagine a better future. Damaging thoughts can spread like weeds throughout our minds and threaten to choke out anything positive.

Whatever you hold in your mind will tend to occur in your life. If you continue to believe as you have always believed, you will continue to act as you have always acted. If you continue to act as you have always acted, you will continue to get what you have always gotten. ​​If you want different results in your life or your work, all you have to do is change your mind. ~ Anonymous

The connection between our thoughts and the rest of our lives is also clear in the Bible. Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” In other words, we become what we think. If we think positive things, we’ll be positive people. Conversely, if we think negative thoughts, we will be negative people with no joy, no success. This is not to say, “If I think it into existence, I can claim it as my own.” That’s a dangerous line of thinking. Instead, we need to understand that our mind must go through a process of renewal in order to experience God’s awesome plan for our lives. His thoughts are far beyond what we could ever dream or imagine (Isaiah 55:8-9), and He wants great things for us. If I can learn to think like He thinks, love like He loves, I can make choices that will make a huge impact on my life!

Reflection:

What monopolizes your thoughts? How are those thoughts controlling what you do?

How can you remove the negative thoughts and replace with positive thoughts? Spend some time in prayer and reading the Bible this week. It’s hard to focus on the negative when we’re busy filling our lives up with Jesus.

Pastor Michael will talk about the kind of steps we can take to be whole in our mind. We invite you to attend one of our weekend services to learn more.

Verses:

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV )

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. Philippians 4:8-9  (NIV )