Do you ever think about what you’re thinking about? Thoughts are the building blocks of our behaviour – they determine our words and actions. Proverbs 23:7 says that “as he thinks in his heart, so is he” (NKJV). In other words, whatever you allow into your inner person will eventually be seen in your outer person; whatever you think about yourself on the inside you will project onto the outside.
Sometimes people try to change unhealthy aspects of their life by focusing simply on the undesirable behaviour itself. This may go some way but in order to deal properly with wrong habits, we first need to deal with our wrong thinking. That’s why these days when counselling people I focus much more on seeking to discern the lie or belief behind the behaviour rather than just addressing the behaviour itself. It saves a whole lot of time and it helps people a whole lot more. Ultimately it is right believing that produces right living.
Negative thinking will bind you and steal your freedom. But a new way of thinking will lead to a new and productive way of living that steers you towards God’s best.
Satan wants us to believe his lies. He will tell us God doesn’t love us. He will get us stuck on our past. He will get us to minimise sin and to doubt God and His promises. The Bible, however, tells us to set our minds on things above (cf. Colossians 3:2), for as we get our thinking into agreement with God, right words and right actions follow. This is why we should aim to think God’s thoughts about us. And I know of no better way to do this than to get into the Bible, God’s Word.
In Matthew 12:29 Jesus asks, “how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house”. The devil cannot come in and rob us unless he first binds us. And how does he bind us? By feeding us lies. Yes, the only power that Satan has is the power of deception. But the Bible exposes and confronts the lies of the enemy and causes his deception to lose all its power.
If you want your life to be different – if you want to behave better – this year make it a point to believe better. Get into the Word. Change your thinking and you may just change your life. Where your mind goes, you follow!
by Dominic De Souza