Everyday we are bombarded by thoughts. Maybe you heard a song on the radio and started to reminisce about days gone by. Or, you’re at work and a thought pops into your head and you wonder where did that come from?
There is absolutely nothing wrong with thoughts. They are a part of our everyday life. With all the memories created throughout our life, it would be impossible not to think of them from time to time. However, there is a different side to our thought life that has devastating consequences.
When you are going through difficult times, your thoughts tend to be on the negative side.
- I don’t have enough money.
- I’ll never make something of myself.
- I don’t have the right education or skills.
- I can’t do it, it’s too hard.
- I will never get over this sickness.
- I’m a failure.
- And so on, and so on, and so on…
One of the quickest and sure-fire ways to pain and suffering is to allow STINKIN’ THINKIN” into your life. They are extremely harmful. John 10:10 tells us that “the devil comes to steal, kill and destroy”. One of his ways of trying to destroy you is through your mind. As soon as a negative thought pops into your mind and you allow it to stay there; mulling it over, the devil has you under his control. Yet, the worse part is, is that if we allow ourselves to constantly think these stinkin’ thinkin’ thoughts; we remain in the difficult situation and it actually begins to spill into other areas of our life, becoming much worse than before.
Proverbs 23:7, tells us, “as he thinks, so is he.” So, let’s stop for a moment and really grasp this concept. If I am thinking that I’m a failure then, by this scripture, I am a failure. If I’m thinking that I’ll never have enough money then it tells me that I will continue to live in poverty. So, as you can see, just by this scripture alone, the Bible makes it very clear that our thought life is powerful. What we think about ourselves and our lives is exactly what it will become.
Then, what should we do about it? Overcoming stinkin’ thinkin’ can be quite simple. The best way to start is by realizing that Jesus defeated everything that could ever come against us. In 1 John 3:8, it explains the very reason why Jesus came to Earth, “…The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.” It simply doesn’t matter if you are being attacked in your health, relationships, finances, or in any other area of your life…Jesus WON long time ago.
So with this in mind, what does the Bible have to say about the things we should keep in our minds?
- Philippians 4:8 “…whatever is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely…dwell on these things.”
- 1 John 3:1 “…great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we be called children of God….”
- John 10:10 “…He came to give us life and life more abundantly.”
- Psalm 23:1 “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not lack.”
- 2 Samuel 22:2 “The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress and my Deliverer.”
- Isaiah 55:8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways.”
- Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
If you stop and really think about these scriptures, any stinkin’ thinkin’ that comes into your mind has absolutely no right to be there. God’s word simply tells us that no matter what we’re going through…We are WINNERS! We are VICTORIOUS!
Since, Jesus already WON the battle and He is certainly more than capable of handling our situations, then, all we need to do is keep our thoughts on Him. And I for one believe that there is absolutely no better place to be, but, in the hands of Jesus.
So, as you can see, maintaining positive thoughts is detrimental to your well-being. Take a stand against negative stinkin’ thinkin’. Keep your thoughts on His word and become aggressive, for you are already a WINNER!
THINK LIKE IT…ACT LIKE IT! For your best days are just ahead!