Ever heard the saying “You are what you eat”?
Well, it’s true— and it affects our health and ability to function in the long run.
But…let’s shift to a spiritual level: “You are what you think.”
Is that even logical? Does it have backup in Scripture? And if so, how important is it to our lives in the long run?
Well, there ARE in fact a lot of Scriptures that give this notion credence.
“As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects man.” ~Proverbs 27:19
“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” ~ Proverbs 23:7a
These are just two of many which prove that what goes on inside a person’s heart winds up turning him into whatever he’s thinking about. That’s a bit nerve-wracking— especially when we consider the types of things most folks normally think about. You know— that new model of the Ford that just aired the other day; or that person at church or school who’s just so popular and seems to have it all together…or maybe you’re beating yourself up over some stupid mistake you just made. Or perhaps you’re quite satisfied with your performance in a certain area. Or you overheard somebody’s comment and you just cannot get it out of your head. Maybe you’re even thinking thoughts you don’t necessarily even WANT to think but for some reason your head is continually bombarded with them and you’re left going, “Where in the world did THAT come from?!?”
Regardless, our minds play an enormous part in how we operate and behave on a daily (and moment by moment) basis. Ever had a time when you’ve been upset about something else within and you accidentally take your frustration out on someone you love? (Boy, I’m guilty of that 😣)
It’s scary to realize how powerful our thoughts are.
But, for those of us who have been saved by the blood of Christ Jesus, aren’t we supposed to be in the process of being transformed into His likeness as we live?
God gave us a mind. In fact, we’re explicitly told that we are to “have the mind of Christ” (1 Cor 2:16)
And the Bible is definitely not silent on what should occupy our brains. Philippians 4:8 spells it out for us effectively and beautifully: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)
“My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.” (Psalm 63:5-7)
When we are habitually soaking our minds in Scripture, it will seep into every fiber of our being. It will ooze out of us when the world squeezes us. It will essentially become part of who we are.
Our thoughts will eventually begin to automatically drift to the Words we’ve poured over. They will pop up out of nowhere when you need them most. And they’ll weave their way into your prayers.
Don’t we want that kind of life? A life saturated with Scripture? An existence steeped in the Way, the Truth, and the Life?
And I’m not implying that I’m perfect and have this all down to a “T”. Far, faaarrr from it!! I struggle with choosing His thoughts over mine every. single. day. Some days I feel more like a battle-ragged loser by the time nightfall rolls around than a victorious soldier of Christ. I’m like, Lord— how can you possibly still use me?? Use me beyond my capabilities.
But that’s when this verse rises to meet the challenge: “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 25:57-58)
Every struggle for the Lord is worth the sweat.
“To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12)
Isn’t that refreshing??
One step at a time…
One thought at a time…
Taken captive. Made to bow. Kicked out. And replaced. With Truth.
Let’s do this.
What are your thoughts? I’d love to chat with you in the comments below!❤️