What were you thinking?

3 03 2019
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What is the difference between someone whose life is being transformed by Christ and someone who is not? It is the difference in their thinking. The Word says that it’s possible to be thinking one way while the heart believes another (Prv. 23:7). Our minds have the ability to so determine our behavior that even a “reborn” person can be kept in a destructive lifestyle. It is why God says that the mind must be renewed or changed in order to see transformation in our lives (Rom. 12:2). How we think is critical to living as God intended. What, then, is involved in changing our thinking?

First, let’s establish what God says. He has determined that Christ dwell in our hearts by faith (Eph. 3:17). That is, when we received Christ, the Word, was planted by God in our hearts and it is by faith that we realize it. Our hearts now contain the truth of Christ, as the center of our being, but the problem is that we don’t believe it. Our minds will not accept it or naturally understand it. Like a CPU in a computer it determines how the computer will function. Unless our minds are willing to believe this truth our lives will not see its impact. For example, If a person thinks that they are unloved it will be difficult for them to accept the love of others let alone the love of God.

Secondly, according to what God also says, the Word, or faith, is not only in our hearts but also in our mouths (Rom.10:8,9). Why? Because what is in our hearts comes out through our mouths (2 Cor. 4:13). Jesus Himself said that it is from the heart that the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45). And, that speaking has the power to change our lives negatively as well as positively (Prv. 18:21; Mt. 5:11, James 3:5). It is so critical that what we speak truly comes from our hearts and not just our thinking.

Thirdly, the Word is meant to be spoken. It’s God’s principle of speaking that brings into visibility the hidden Word. God spoke and things came into being. These things were not created anew but already existed inside of God. Light, for example, already existed as a Word inside of God. Saying, “let there be light” allowed it to be brought into visibility. The power of speaking the already existing Word and seeing it brought into visibility is confirmed by the prophet. He said, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it (Is.55:11).

Just like God, we are told to “confess with our mouth” what is already planted in our hearts (Rom. 10:8,9). When we speak the planted Word we are operating in faith, bringing to visibility the things that are hidden. Our role is to say “let it be” just as Mary did in bringing into visibility the Son of God (Luke 1:38). Speaking what God says (Word), releases faith (Mk.11:23). This is why the enemy tries to prevent us from speaking the truth by casting doubt in our minds. He questions, “Did God really say that?”or “Is that really true?”. He wants us to follow the doubt or the thinking in our minds.

Lastly, this is how our minds are changed. The problem is that our minds are not in agreement with God’s Word planted in our hearts. But, when we override our minds by speaking the Word from our hearts and then seeing it come into visibility, our minds are forced to believe. When the Word is “accomplished”, it becomes “flesh” and “we see it with our eyes, look upon it, and handle it with our hands” (1 Jn. 1:1). This is why you won’t believe something until you speak or ask. Asking is vital to believe what God says He wants for your life. It is the operation of faith. Faith is speaking the Word that Jesus is your life (Col. 3:4), that He lives in your heart. That Word has been planted there and when you speak it He is able to come alive, renewing our minds and proving the good things that God has for us (Rom. 12:2).

Let’s change what we were or are thinking. Don’t let the enemy cause you to doubt what God says so that you don’t speak it, or that you speak incorrectly. When we speak the truth, even when our minds doubt, the Word, out of our hearts, comes alive and transforms us. It is amazing what we see happen – freedom from addictions, joy, peace, etc, etc. All of these are Jesus in us, in our hearts, coming into visibility. Mary said, “let it be” and look what happened. The “Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory” (Jn. 1:14).

Dennis D 3/1/19


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