Why is what you are thinking about so important?
You are what you think you are. The Bible says it like this, “For as he thinks in his heart so is he.”
Your thoughts influence your choices and your life is a product of the choices you make.
If you want to change your life you can do so by making different choices; however, if you want to change your choices, you have to change how you think.
The Bible says to “think on things that are honest, true, pure, lovely and of good report.” We can change our life by changing the way we think.
This reminds me of the story in the Bible about the twelve Israelite spies. After the Lord delivered the children of Israel, He told Moses to send twelve spies to search out the Promised Land, to see what kind of land it was and also what kind of people lived there.
The twelve spies went into the Promised Land to check things out, and when they came back there were ten spies who had a bad report and two spies (Joshua and Caleb) who had a good report.
The ten spies said that the land flowed with milk and honey, but there were giants in the land that would beat them up. They were like grasshoppers in their sight.
Then Joshua and Caleb stood up and said, “Yes, there are giants in the land, but God is on our side and we are able to kick out those giants!”
It’s sad to say that the children of Israel did not listen to Joshua and Caleb. They listened to the bad report that the ten spies brought. The Israelites began to say things like, “I wish I was a slave back in Egypt. We will never get into the Promised Land.”
They ended up having what they said. So the children of Israel wandered around in the desert for forty years and not one adult entered the Promised Land except Joshua and Caleb.
What kept the children of Israel out of the Promised Land? Most people will say that the giants kept them out. But it wasn’t the giants that kept them out. It was the grasshoppers.
Here is the problem. The children of Israel had been slaves for years. They thought like slaves. They had “grasshopper” thinking. When God delivered them and told them that He was taking them to a land that flowed with milk and honey, they thought they wouldn’t have to fight for the land. When they found out they had to fight for the land that gave up.
All kinds of thoughts will come in our head, but we don’t have to let them stay. It is important to get the junk out of our head.
We have written a curriculum that teaches kids how important it is to choose what we think about.
One more thought: In light of how things are in the world today, as we face the Covid-19 pandemic and how it effects our life, our community and our church – remember to focus on Father God. There are so many issues that need attention right now, but focus on what you can do, or have responsibility to do.
What I see right now, is that each community, each state is handling “Opening Up” differently. What works in one state, may not work in yours. So keep your focus where it needs to be.
1 Corinthians 15:57, “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”