Thought Life

June 17, 2011 by Keith   Comments (10)

What you think about will ultimately result in your future. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and a sound mind.” I want to zero in on that third one –sound mind. God wants you to have a sound mind because your mind is the access point by which Satan gains entrance into your life. He does not gain entrance through your body. He does not gain entrance through your spirit. He does not gain entrance through your finances or sickness. Satan gains entrance or access into your life through the thoughts that you are thinking. The battle that we are facing is the battle in our minds. It’s the battle between our ears, folks! That is where the battle is won – that is where the battle is lost. It is between our ears –it’s in our heads. This is why Satan fights so much in our thought life, and he understands the root to everything in our lives is what we think about. Let me show you how your thoughts will ultimately result in your future. This is the path of progression:

Your thoughts will determine you decisions;

Your decisions will determine your actions;

Your actions will become your habits;

Your habits develop your character; and

Your character will determine your destiny.

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If you’re at all concerned about your destiny, and I believe every one of us should be, then you need to get a hold of this. Isn’t it important that we fulfill God’s destiny for our life?

Yet, our destiny is not at all what we need to be concerned about. Let me put it to you this way: If you’re concerned about your destiny or your habits or your actions or decisions, you only need to work on one thing – your thought life. Because your thought life is the root of all those other things. Those other things are the fruit.

The devil is trying to get your thought life. We’ve got to take it back. You can control what you think. Every thought needs to be checked in at the registration desk, checked against the image of God, and the Word. You need to be brutal with your thought life.

II Corinthians 10:3-5 is a key verse when dealing with your thoughts. We do not war in the flesh, but we bring every thought into the captivity to the obedience of Christ. We need to have mercy on people, not our thoughts. You need to take that negative thought captive; pursue it with the word of God. “Neither did I turn until it was consumed.” Read Psalm 18:29-38.

Mark 7:21-23: The root to everything sinful starts with evil thoughts. The gateway to every sin starts with a thought. And the gateway to every good thing in our life starts with a thought. If we want to grow in godliness, we’ve got to grow our thought life.

Real quickly, I want to give you Five Wrong Patterns of Thinking and how to change them.

1. The first thought of defeat: You Can’t Do It. The root that empowers: Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me; I CAN DO IT!

2. Second thought: You Have the Wrong Motive. The though comes to you ‘You just want to be blessed because you’re selfish. Who do you think you are? God says He wants me blessed! God calls me blessed, so that I can be a blessing.

3. Third thought: You’re not worthy –you don’t deserve to be blessed. Look at all the mistakes you made; you don’t deserve it. You say, I’m not worthy through my works; I am worthy through the BLOOD of Jesus. I do deserve it because God is a good God. I’m worthy because of Jesus’ past.

4. Fourth thought: It’s not going to happen for you. It doesn’t work for everybody – You say, you shut up devil, He did it for Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and so He’s got to do it for me. God is no respecter of persons and He says whosoever believes shall have what they say, and I’m one of those whosoevers who believes!

5. It’s Too Late. You can’t recover. Look at how much ground you’ve lost. Everybody is ahead of you. You say NO! In Jesus’ Name He that began a good work in me is faithful to complete it! Jesus is the author and finisher of my faith. It wasn’t too late for Abraham, Peter, Sarah, or Rahab the harlot. We’re not too discouraged, too broken, or too sick to be healed. BUT JESUS can take every sickness, financial problem or negative situation and restore it.

You have the power to determine your future by deciding to think right thoughts. Begin TODAY taking captive those wrong thoughts and putting God’s thoughts from His Word in your mind. Listen to tapes on what God thinks of you and how you can be free from wrong thinking. You will see your life change as you begin to put these principles to work in your life!

I am so happy I stumbled apon this. I am having a huge problem in my mind. This only started a few weeks ago out of the blue, after I made the decision to submit my entire life to Jesus, my eyes were opened to the truth, and I started being attacked. Its been horrible, but I see how God is working in my life, I see how He is directing me. I am still struggling, but I have faith that Jesus is carrying me thru. I have never had a problem with impure thoughts before, yet however, when I start to worship, or pray, read christian books, Bible ect, the words I am reading are being twisted. I can't understand it, but I know I have victory in Him. Fear was really over taking me and just about freezing me in place, worrying about disrespecting God. The devil was trying to use this to stop me from pursuing anything Christian. By lying to me and telling me it was all me. I am speaking scripture daily and praying all the time. Thank you so much for your post. I know the Lord must have wanted me to come across this. Thank you and God Bless. I am a new Christian and its been a crazy 6 weeks!

thesmiths313 Jun 17, 2011 at 6:56 pm Flag as inappropriate

You said it right!!!! the mind is the battlefield!!!! we have to wear our helmets!!!! thank you for the post!!!!

prayerwarrior Jun 18, 2011 at 5:16 am Flag as inappropriate

Keith, you dont know how much this has helped me just now. My husband left me just over a month ago for an old childhood sweetheart who didnt love him when he was big, but since he lost over 200lbs this year, she saw him, and professed her love for him. He has told me that fate is not a choice, and there is a reason she came back into his life. I miss him so much, it hurts awful because we had the most wonderful marriage. People are shocked by the news that he did this. Everyone said I was his everything, he told everyone that and now he is gone. I want him home so badly, but have to remember that Satan is in him, he is being controlled by a false love from this woman and Satan has grabbed hold of them both. I sobbed today and wished him dead, wished that this had never happened, but I know that it was Satan grabbing hold of my thoughts and that I need to forgive them, and instead ask God's blessings on them instead of my personal vindication. Thank you for posting this, it helps me realize that I am not asking God into my heart right now. Thank you Keith.

daisymay27 Jun 20, 2011 at 6:04 pm Flag as inappropriate

This is an excellent post ! Victory begins in the mind.

Anonymous Jun 22, 2011 at 10:37 pm Flag as inappropriate

Thank you for this post. It's really caused me to reflect on my situation. I realized that I let Satan put horrible fears into my mind that prevented me from marrying my now ex-fiance and these things as well as my ex-fiance's belief that he couldn't make me happy caused him to break up with me. I miss him so badly you can't even imagine. I have never been so saddened about anything in my life. Since I've been in prayer God healed my fears about marrying him. I think I just need to trust that God will bring us back together and complete the good work he started. If I let myself get discouraged and stop asking God to restore my relationship than my relationship with my ex really will be over.

Please pray that I will not give up or lose hope and that God will restore my relationship with me ex-fiance. Please pray that God will work in mine and my ex-fiances hearts and lives in any way he needs to so that our relationship will be restored.
Thank you so much!

Laura Jun 26, 2011 at 2:47 am Flag as inappropriate