Your Thoughts Make You Spiritual
Proverbs 23:7. “As he ( a man ) thinks in his heart so is he, “Everything begins with a thought. Sow a thought reap an action. Sow an action reap a habit. Sow a habit reap a character. Sow a character reap a destiny. Both God and the devil begin with your thought life. Think about this. Before God can reconcile or save your spirit, He must get through to your mind first. Jesus said “Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand.” That was the exact same message of John the Baptist. Repent – metanoia – means to change your thinking in order to produce an action. It is utter foolishness to believe we can be transformed into the image of Jesus Christ spirit, soul, and body with old thinking. Romans 12:1-2, “I beseech you therefore brethren by the mercies of God that you present your body (your senses) a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world but be ye transformed ( from the inside out ) by the renewing of your mind so that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” James 1:21 says to “lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted or engrafted word which is able to save your soul” – your mind, your will and your emotions – your entire being.
Your mind is the battlefield. And we have control over our mind by what we allow or forbid to enter into it. What do you think on? What do you meditate upon? Christians cannot live a positive victorious overcoming life with negative thinking. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 2:14-16 “but the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, nor can he know them because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things yet he himself is judged by no one. For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” I have found that born-again, spirit-filled believers can think and act carnally. Paul called Christians on Corinth in 1 Corinthians 3;3 carnal. Why? Because they let their thought life dictate their actions. And because their thought life was negative and divisive, so were their actions. We are to cast down reasons and imaginations and everything that exalts itself against the knowledge of Christ. We are to bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5.
The enemy is after your mind. The wiles and deceits of the devil that we are to stand against are thoughts of unrighteousness, low self-esteem, self-pity, and despair. A sin consciousness rather than a righteousness consciousness plagues most Christians. A law mentality rather than a grace mentality is the cause. Christians are angry at God, themselves and the world because their whole concept is “what about me?” It’s time to get our minds off of ourselves, off of our ability, off of the natural carnal state and focus on Jesus, His grace, His righteousness, and His ability in me. Romans 6:4 “Therefore we were buried with him by baptism unto death that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we should walk in the newness of life.” We should live an entirely new life. What we think on will determine whether we walk in and experience that newness of life.