Posted on May 24, 2012 - by Shari Barr
“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7 (KJV)
Last week I watched an episode of Joyce Meyer and her topic “Power Thoughts” is still stuck in my mind, which is definitely a good thing.
In this show Joyce talked about the importance of keeping our thoughts pure, emphasizing that this is something we have to consciously do at all times. It won’t just happen. We can choose the thoughts that run through our minds, good or bad. The types of thoughts we allow in our minds leads to the words and actions that follow and ultimately the type of life we’ll lead in the future.
This is where the problem starts for me. Though I knew I had the power to control my thoughts to a certain degree, I also believed they were just sort of “there”—a result of the way people and life in general were treating me at any given time. If I was having a good day, my thoughts were pleasing, but if I was having a bad day, whoo boy, Satan had a heyday in my head.
For some reason, I always forget that my thoughts lead to my outlook on life, not the other way around. Maybe it’s my selfish nature—justifying that my “just plain naughty” thoughts are a result of other’s actions. My attitude at times is more like, “Well, if life dealt me a better hand of cards, I wouldn’t be this way.” There’s no quicker way to depress myself than mulling over and over in my head the irritating things that people do to me.
When these are the thoughts running through my mind, I need a reality check—now. Rehashing bad things over and over leads to anger and speaking words I’ll later regret. When this happens Satan can get right back in there and fill my mind with more garbage because he knows I’ll fall for it. At this point he has won.
Our thoughts, especially bad ones, have the power to deceive us, giving Satan full reign inside our heads. I can say for a fact that he has enough control over me, so I don’t want him inside my head too.
It won’t be easy, but it’s time I intentionally choose the thoughts I allow myself to think (and not just on good days.) It’s time I make a better effort to retrain my brain, so the devil will take his nasty thoughts and scram. My mind is an indicator of the person I can become. Thinking bad thoughts leads to an unfulfilled life, but thinking godly thoughts leads to a life filled with beauty and purpose.
Only then can I fully encompass the amazing blessings He has intended for me.