As A Man Thinketh

What are you thinking about right now? Stop and take a moment to check in with your thoughts. Are they positive or not? Are your thoughts moving you in a forward direction in life or are they holding you back?

As James Allen, the author of “As a Man Thinketh” puts it “A noble and God-like character is not a thing of favor or chance, but is the natural result of continued effort in right thinking, the effect of long-cherished association with God-like thoughts.”

We all have long-ingrained thinking patterns that may be distorting reality. Perhaps a certain person in our lives triggers us to react, or we get frustrated when we don’t get our way. Maybe we see ourselves as fat, ugly, or stupid. Maybe we feel rejection from our parents and that we must earn approval and acceptance – all lies and deception to keep us from the many promises of God for our lives.

I have developed a habit of asking myself “How can I look at this differently?” and I find that this helps tremendously reduce the amount of suffering and pain I perceive.

Romans 12:2 encourages us to “Be transformed daily by the renewing of our minds” and “not to be conformed to the likeness of this world”. But this takes effort on our part. It is not going to just happen on its own. We must renew our minds with God’s truth and believe it in our hearts.

Today, dear ones, slow down a bit to contemplate what goes on in your mind. We can choose what we think about and how we react to what goes on around us. Remember that the irritations in life are tests that the Lord is using to refine our character and make us more like Him.

Remember how much Jesus loves you that He gave his life for you and ask the Lord to help you renew your thinking so you can move forward in your life.

As A Man Thinketh

What are you thinking about right now? Stop and take a moment to check in with your thoughts. Are they positive or not? Are your thoughts moving you in a forward direction in life or are they holding you back?

As James Allen, the author of “As a Man Thinketh” puts it “A noble and God-like character is not a thing of favor or chance, but is the natural result of continued effort in right thinking, the effect of long-cherished association with God-like thoughts.”

We all have long-ingrained thinking patterns that may be distorting reality. Perhaps a certain person in our lives triggers us to react, or we get frustrated when we don’t get our way. Maybe we see ourselves as fat, ugly, or stupid. Maybe we feel rejection from our parents and that we must earn approval and acceptance – all lies and deception to keep us from the many promises of God for our lives.

I have developed a habit of asking myself “How can I look at this differently?” and I find that this helps tremendously reduce the amount of suffering and pain I perceive.

Romans 12:2 encourages us to “Be transformed daily by the renewing of our minds” and “not to be conformed to the likeness of this world”. But this takes effort on our part. It is not going to just happen on its own. We must renew our minds with God’s truth and believe it in our hearts.

Today, dear ones, slow down a bit to contemplate what goes on in your mind. We can choose what we think about and how we react to what goes on around us. Remember that the irritations in life are tests that the Lord is using to refine our character and make us more like Him.

Remember how much Jesus loves you that He gave his life for you and ask the Lord to help you renew your thinking so you can move forward in your life.

New Hope

Has something died in your life? A dream, a vision, a relationship? Do you have hope that God can resurrect it or has your hope died with it?

It’s a funny thing after something really bad happens to me, I usually spend some time reflecting on what happened, why it happened, and what God is trying to tell me. Of course, sometimes I don’t always get an answer to the WHY question and I have learned not to spend too much time seeking the answer. God knows the WHY and it’s my job to trust that He has the best in mind for me.

But, it seems that He is faithful to give some answers and the whole process results in a change in my thinking. Who was it that said “The problems of today cannot be resolved by yesterday’s thinking” or something like that? It boils down to Romans 12:2 which says to be “transformed daily by the renewing of your mind so that you will know the good and perfect will of God for you”.

We cannot solve today’s problems with yesterday’s old thinking patterns. We must seek, ask, and knock. There is a ton of information out there and it is up to us to search out answers to the problems in our life as best we can while trusting God to direct our path.

Just because a bad situation happens to us does not mean we are done for. The Lord Jesus can raise us up again, if we believe in His power to do so. No matter what we may have been through, the power of Jesus’ resurrection is available to us. Jesus said “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.” (John 11:25-26)

By faith, we must believe in Christ’s power if we are to triumph over the sufferings of this life. Today, heed the words of Jesus when He said “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” (John 11:40)

New Hope

Has something died in your life? A dream, a vision, a relationship? Do you have hope that God can resurrect it or has your hope died with it?

It’s a funny thing after something really bad happens to me, I usually spend some time reflecting on what happened, why it happened, and what God is trying to tell me. Of course, sometimes I don’t always get an answer to the WHY question and I have learned not to spend too much time seeking the answer. God knows the WHY and it’s my job to trust that He has the best in mind for me.

But, it seems that He is faithful to give some answers and the whole process results in a change in my thinking. Who was it that said “The problems of today cannot be resolved by yesterday’s thinking” or something like that? It boils down to Romans 12:2 which says to be “transformed daily by the renewing of your mind so that you will know the good and perfect will of God for you”.

We cannot solve today’s problems with yesterday’s old thinking patterns. We must seek, ask, and knock. There is a ton of information out there and it is up to us to search out answers to the problems in our life as best we can while trusting God to direct our path.

Just because a bad situation happens to us does not mean we are done for. The Lord Jesus can raise us up again, if we believe in His power to do so. No matter what we may have been through, the power of Jesus’ resurrection is available to us. Jesus said “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.” (John 11:25-26)

By faith, we must believe in Christ’s power if we are to triumph over the sufferings of this life. Today, heed the words of Jesus when He said “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” (John 11:40)