Getting Our Thinking Right

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Romans 12:2 Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, fill your minds with beauty and truth. Meditate on whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is good, whatever is virtuous and praiseworthy.

Isaiah 26:3 You will keep the peace, a perfect peace, for all who trust in You, for those who dedicate their hearts and minds to You.

Philippians 2:1  If you find any comfort from being in the Anointed, if His love brings you some encouragement, if you experience true companionship with the Spirit, if His tenderness and mercy fill your heart; then, brothers and sisters, 2 here is one thing that would complete my joy—come together as one in mind and spirit and purpose, sharing in the same love. 3 Don’t let selfishness and prideful agendas take over. Embrace true humility, and lift your heads to extend love to others. 4 Get beyond yourselves and protecting your own interests; be sincere, and secure your neighbors’ interests first. 5 In other words, adopt the mind-set of Jesus the Anointed. Live with His attitude in your hearts. Remember: 6 Though He was in the form of God, He chose not to cling to equality with God; 7 But He poured Himself out to fill a vessel brand new;  a servant in form and a man indeed. The very likeness of humanity, 8 He humbled Himself,     obedient to death— a merciless death on the cross! 9 So God raised Him up to the highest place and gave Him the name above all. 10 So when His name is called, every knee will bow, in heaven, on earth, and below. 11 And every tongue will confess     “Jesus, the Anointed One, is Lord,” to the glory of God our Father!

Here, Paul describes a community where every person considers the needs of others first and does nothing from selfishness; it pulls together rather than pulls apart, and it is a body that knows its purpose and lets nothing interfere with it. It is an extended spiritual family where others line up to become part of this sacred assembly and to make it their home because they feel encouragement and know they are truly loved. So Paul urges the Philippians to strive for this radical unity and fulfill his joy by having the mind of Jesus who humbled Himself, became a servant, and suffered the death of the cross. Jesus becomes the example of humility and service, leading to the kind of unity Paul imagines.

These are just a few verses that give us direction on how we are to think.  We are to think like God thinks.  How does God think?  (The Bible tells us!)  God tells us that He does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.  God tells us that we do not have to be poor because He owns everything and He desires us to prosper.  God tells us that He wants us to not suffer sickness or disease because Jesus has paid the price for all people with the stripes He took when He was beaten and bruised.  Nobody will ever or can ever, abuse or mistreat Jesus.  Nobody will ever or can ever, touch Him unless He has allowed them to do such.  This means that whatever people did to incur suffering upon Him, He allowed it to happen for a reason.  The crown of thorns, has a reason.  The spitting on His face, has a reason.  All the lashes and beatings, were for a reason.  Any suffering or physical beating that He suffered while on earth, was to our benefit.  It is a sin to allow ourselves to suffer what He has already suffered for … be it poverty, sickness, disease, abuse, depression, divorce, marital disharmony, etc.  He took on all forms of suffering, and in return He gave us His Life.  He gave us life so that we could live a good life.  This does not mean that suffering will not try to find us or attack us.  But, it does mean, that we do not have to give in to the ideas and actions of suffering.  And we are to take action AGAINST suffering.  Bad things will happen.  But, we do not allow these bad things to permeate and control our lives.  Bad things are not the outcome of a believer! So, a huge step in the direction of not allowing suffering to take over our lives, is by taking a hold of our thought life.

Have you ever listened to yourself to see what you think?  Right now, what is going on in your mind?  What is your mind telling you?  Is your mind saying .. “Wow, this is right!  I don’t want suffering to continue in my life!”  Or is your mind saying .. “Well, that sounds real good but not logical.  I can’t stop suffering.  Life happens.  What can I do?”  Guess which mind has the right thoughts and attitudes?  The former or the latter?  You got it!  The former!  If your mind is telling you in any way .. “Wow, this is good news!”  Then your thinking is definitely on the right track and you are allowing the right thoughts to pave your way of thinking.  And this will give you a feeling of hope.  And this hope, over time, can become more like an emotional confidence.  Emotional confidence can play a key role in the maintaining of our faith in what God says is true.

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3 Responses to Getting Our Thinking Right

  1. ptl2010 says:

    Another song of encouragement share – God will make a way

  2. ptl2010 says:

    Nice to hear from you debradoo.

    He lives!

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