I don't know about you, but I have to constantly work at keeping my thoughts under control. Thoughts often go off the deep end when we get in fear or upset with ourselves. We can go along just fine, till we realize we've made a mistake and allow ourself to meditate on the wrong thing. Worry, which is prolonged fear, in the caverns of our mind, can make one sick. The real clincher is when we verbalize what we are thinking. Luke 6:45 "...out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks." That can get us into real trouble! Speaking the problem gives power to the situation. Let's face it, thinking on negative thoughts, things that tear down instead of build up, or fear is not right thinking. It's destructive.
Phil. 4:8 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." The only way to conqueror wrong thinking is to 'renew our mind'. Eph. 4:23 (Amp) says, "And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude]," Right thinking, empowers faith.
You might be asking, how does one 'renew his mind'? Renewing the mind is getting ahold of God's thoughts. It's making yourself think like Him. That requires us laying aside our opinions, doubts, and fears and begin thinking on the situation like God does. The only way to see things the way God does, is to read, study and meditate on His Word! The Bible is God's thoughts, nature, and attitude. This takes work, it is constantly casting down imaginations, reasonings, or arguments that are contrary to the Word. It's a minute by minute effort. Begin by taking control over our mouth, and only allow what God says about the problem to be said. Asking the Holy Spirit to help us to recognize when we get into wrong thinking is a benefit. He will help to redirect our thoughts which in turn assists us in speaking right.
Proverbs says, 'As a man thinks, so is he...'! We can see that the way we think about something, has bearing on our behavior. If we are thinking that things are bad and getting worse, we certainly will act like it. Yet, if we believe the Word of God, meditating and confessing what He says, we'll take steps in that direction. Rom. 8:28 (Amp) "We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose."
So don't rent the space in your mind to evil thoughts. Take today to renew your mind to God's Word. You'll turn your wrong thinking into right thinking!
Pastors Michael & Ginny Gulotta
Pro. 11:25 "The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself."