Changing unhelpful thinking

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7a)

The Scripture shows us that our thinking influences the type of person we are – the way we act and speak. Some people think prosperously, others experience troublesome, self-defeating thoughts.

“The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.” (Proverbs 21:5)

The good news is that we can exercise control over our thoughts, and God can help us to do it.

God has given us the ability and authority to choose what we think about. Even when troublesome, worrisome thoughts come, we don’t have to meditate on them and accept them as the truth. As the saying goes: you can’t stop the birds from flying over your head, but you can stop them from making a nest in your hair.

God’s Word reveals how to have victory in our thought life:

“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).

What should we choose to think about? The Bible has told us:

“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. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.” (Philippians 4:8, 9)

Fill your heart and mind with God’s Word. It brings peace, life and health.

“My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” (Proverbs 4:20–23)