How to Mind Your Thoughts

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Learn how to mind your thoughts and dwell instead on God-thoughts.

Learn How to Mind Your Thoughts

The thousands of me-to-me conversations going on in my head throughout the day are labeled by psychologists as “self-talk.” Relentless, repetitive self-talk transforms our self-image—for good or for bad. It modifies both our inner and outer worlds. We will do what our thoughts tell us to do. God knows that. That’s why God desires His truth to cover all our thoughts.

I don’t know about you, but there’s often a distinction between the thoughts I invite into my inner world and those God establishes. My thoughts are anything but stable. They waver and change. They accuse when they should praise. They mock when they should trust.

That’s why it’s so important for me not to trust my thoughts—but instead to seek God-thoughts. There is really no mystery to how to do this. All you have to do is ask! Listen to this:

“If you need wisdom-if you want to know what God wants you to do-ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent you asking. But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. People like that should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. They can’t make up their minds. They waver back and forth in everything they do.” James 1:5–8 (NLT)

God knows that our lives, our families, and the training up of our kids can be transformed if we depend upon His thoughts instead of our own. Ask God to enrich your words and thoughts. Then, confess, talk truth, and depend on the Spirit within you. No great mystery about that, but the results will be astonishing!

 

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