They're a powerful thing. They are a tool used to 'steal, kill, and destroy' (John 10:10) or they they can uplift and heal. The tongue can start a fire (James 3:5-6) or be a balm and bring joy to a hurting heart.
Jesus said in Matthew 5 that sin begins in the heart. In our thoughts. Who we are, what we will become, and how we will behave are directly in line with the way we think. That's why it's so important to:
- Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. ~Philippians 4:8
This concept translates into our thoughts in general as well and how they impact the way that we live.
I've had the opportunity to learn how to identify some of these lately and am amazed at how differently focusing on truths instead help me to live a more joyful, more peaceful, less guilt-filled life. To be more of who He actually created me to be!
Changing your thinking is like developing a new habit. It takes time and effort. What we think becomes what we actually believe. But sometimes in the process it's good to go ahead and draw a line in the sand in the face of the enemy.
I am no longer not good enough------I am precious and bought with a price!
I am no longer broken------I am restored!
I am no longer defined by my failures------I am complete in Him! (And what I see as failure may not be!)
Etc, etc, etc.....
This says it so well:
Hello, My Name Is
~Matthew WestClick to hear song "Hello, My Name Is"