Do You Think About Your Thoughts?
"For as a ma thinketh in his heart, so is he." Proverbs 2 3:7
Are They Working For You or Against You?
Thoughts come in all shapes and sizes. Good ones, bad ones. Wanted ones, unwanted ones. Short ones, ones that don’t want to stop. Scary ones, happy ones. Self-defeating, self-exalting ones. Do any of these sound familiar? You have them, probably all of them and more in your life. Sometimes you have all of them in 24 hour period. Thoughts can be random, rapid, and revolving at times. At other times it can be hard to think at all.
Our minds have been created with great capacity. I’m afraid to inform you that you actually use but a small fraction of what was give to you. Einstein, one of the most brilliant men on earth only used about Your mind is often the battleground between opposing thoughts. Between good and evil, between should I and shouldn’t I, and between I will and I will not thoughts.
All sin starts with one thought. Sin is considered as anything that misses the mark, anything that falls short of God’s very best for your life. Sin is usually something that is harmful to yourself or others. If someone makes you mad, what thoughts come?
Looking at your thoughts can give you a good roadmap of your heart. If you are what you think, what do your thoughts say about you? Are you ok? Are you hurting? Are you offended? Angry? Filled with love for yourself? For others? Take a quick inventory. Do you have thoughts about yourself or others that are healthy or unhealthy? Do you have stressful thoughts? Are you fearful or hopeful?
You Are What You Think
You were fearfully and wonderfully made. You are created in God’s very image, in His likeness. Everything about you pleases Him. He has known you since before you were created in your mother’s womb. When He looked upon you the day you were born He rejoiced. He loves you with an unconditional love and wants only the best for you. He provides guidelines for your life in the Bible. He gave you a mind that could run faster than the speed of sound. He gave you a mind that could think for itself, reason, plan, process, store data, and retain information for five or more senses. Scientists are still baffled at all the mind can do.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "What is life but the angle of vision? A man is measured by the angle at which he looks at objects. What is life but what a man is thinking of all day? This is his fate and his employer. Knowing is the measure of the man. By how much we know, so we are." I believe what you think about all day determines your life, your health, your relationships, your success, your financial status, and your future. Francis Bacon said, “The mind is the man, and knowledge mind; a man is but what he knoweth." When you have knowledge about how to think and can change your thoughts, you can change your life.
Thoughts can make you sick mentally, emotionally, and physically. One negative thought is all it takes to produce toxicity. One negative thought transformed into a positive one produces positive results. One thought at a time is all it takes to start and maintain a new thought life. A life producing thought life that will bring health, improved relationships, success, provision, and a bright future to you. The spiritual law of reaping and sowing is applicable to every thought. Scientifically a negative attitude causes your physical body to become acidic. Cancer cells can only survive and thrive in an acidic environment. Think about fear and the physiological symptoms that one fearful thought can usher in. Increased heart rate, increased respiration, dumping of adrenaline and other chemicals that are necessary for the fight or flight mode. However long-term exposure to these chemicals produces high blood pressure, strokes, and many other dis-eases related to fear, stress, and anxiety. Your thoughts make you sick. Or said another way, your thoughts can make you healthy.
Dr. Masaru Emoto has conducted extensive research on the effect words have on water. By either speaking a word or even writing the word with the intent behind it and taping it on a water bottle the molecular structure of the water is changed. If the word is positive the water will form clear, pure, and well formed crystals. If the word is negative the water will become dark, toxic, and will not form any crystals. He discovered the power behind words and proves it scientifically.
Think On These Things
The Scripture gives us some specific instructions about the kinds of thoughts we should have.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things. Phil 4:8 KJV
God’s Word Translation interprets it this way: Finally, brothers and sisters, keep your thoughts on whatever is right or deserves praise: things that are true, honorable, fair, pure, acceptable, or commendable.
1. Whatsoever things are true. Truth in word, in action, and in thought, must be cherished. Christ is THE TRUTH.
2. Honest or Honorable. The Greek is reverend. Whatever is worthy of reverence.
3. Just. Strict justice in all dealings; an upright life.
4. Pure. Chaste lives and clean hearts and thoughts.
5. Lovely. Such deeds as spring from love and inspired love in others.
6. Of good report. A life of which no evil thing can be truthfully said.
7. If there be any virtue, and if there be any praise. Lest he may have omitted some excellency he adds,
8. If there be aught else which is virtuous or praiseworthy, let these all be the things to which you give your minds.
Think on these things: meditate upon them, revolve them in your minds, seriously consider them, and reason with yourselves about them, in order to put them into practice. Esteem them highly, recommend them heartily, and practice them fervently.
Mt. 12:25 says any kingdom that is divided against itself cannot stand, it will fall. If you think of yourself as a kingdom are you fortified and strong – able to stand and prosper body, soul, mind and spirit? Are you vulnerable and weak physically, emotionally and mentally, and spiritually – unable to stand because you are divided against yourself through your thoughts?
God wants us to take every thought captive (2 Cor. 10:5) and think on the things that will strengthen and edify you (Phil 4:8). God says He wants you to prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers (3 Jn 2). He says He knows the plans He has for you (Jer. 29:11). God says He is working all things out for your good because you love Him (Rom 8:28). He wants you healthy in your body, mind, and soul. He sent His Word to heal you and deliver you out of your destructions (Ps 107:20). Will you let Him heal and deliver you from wrong thinking and their effects on your body?
Cindy Hyde, MA
Cindy is an author, Believer, ordained minister, counselor, and lover of books. She has authored 13 books, numerous articles, and blogs. She lives in Nacogdoches, TX with her husband Michael and their way too spoiled fur-baby Quincy. Cindy's books are available on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and CindyHyde.com. Connect with her on her website cindyhyde.com, @cindyhyde, or Facebook.com/cindylhyde. Please leave her a comment.
Is your yesterday really over? Or are you still living in it?
You are supposed to live in the here and now. You live today. You lived yesterday. You are not guaranteed tomorrow. Today is all you have. If you live in your yesterday, you forgo much of the joy and many of the blessings of your today.
Yesterday is often full of pain, sorrow, loss, and grief. It is easy to get stuck in a traumatic event and remain angry, hurt, bitter, resentful, wounded, and even revengeful. Negative emotions provide nothing but physical, emotional, and spiritual consequences. Nothing positive ever comes from remaining negative.
You do not have to stay stuck. The Lord came to bind up the brokenhearted. He said He would heal all your wounds. He wants you to be made whole.
To be made whole means you must let go of the things in your yesterday you are still holding on to. If your mind is full of anger then you will never be at peace. You will never receive the 'sound mind' the Lord has for you. Letting go is not easy but it is necessary. I know you want peace. I know you want to live in joy. I know you want the blessings the Lord has for you but you must forgive. You must turn to the Lord and allow Him to work in your heart.
You do this by opening up and being brutally honest with yourself. Ask the Holy Spirit to examine your heart and reveal everything that needs to be healed. Find someone to work with you as you process the negative emotions and memories. It is hard work but well worth the trouble. If you need help we are here for you.
Jesus is asking you, "Wilt thou be made whole?" Well, will you?
Then let go and receive. It is a trade off. Trade your sorrows and your shame as the song says. Trade them for the joy of the Lord which is your strength. I promise, if you do this all your todays will be blessed.
Cindy Hyde, MA
Cindy Hyde, MA is an authorpreneur, change agent, teacher, writing coach, ordained minister, wife, mother, and grandmother. Cindy earned a master's degree in Adult Education and Training from the University of Phoenix. She is faith-based counselor, professional life coach, and the CEO/Founder of The East Texas Healing Center. Few things bring her more satisfaction than helping people overcome life's struggles, reach their full potential, and thrive. Cindy is the author of thirteen books, many magazine articles, and ebooks. When she is not writing or teaching, she enjoys traveling, creating, and reading. She currently lives in Nacogdoches, TX with her husband Michael. Cindy is available for speaking engagements. Contact her at cindyhyde.com or www.facebook.com/cindylhyde.
Cindy Hyde, MAEd specializes in soul care. She is an author, teacher, Ordained Minister, Pastoral Counselor, Professional Life Coach, wife, mother, grandmother and CEO/Founder of The East Texas Healing Center (a hospital for the soul).