SERIES: MIND UNDER CONSTRUCTION: #2. THINKING FOR A CHANGE
They did a study for years on why some people seem to get ahead, achieve more, happier, healthier, more successful than others. It had nothing to do with where they grew up. It had nothing to do with how they grew up. It had nothing to do with higher education, or having grown up in a more privileged home. No, it had nothing to do with race, religion, or backgrounds. This is one of the reasons I went on a discovery journey. We had been in church, loving and serving God and yet we were missing so much of what God promises. We were praying for God to fix our lives and God to do everything for us. The number 1 reason,” SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE THINK DIFFERENTLY THAN UNSUCCESSFUL PEOPLE.”
Everything begins with a thought. What we think determines who we are. Who we are determines what we do. John Locke,”The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.” Our thoughts determine our destiny. Our destiny determines our legacy. James Allen said it this way,”You are today where your thoughts have brought you. You will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.” People who increase, achieve, go to the top think differently than others. William Arthur Ward said,”Nothing limits achievement like small thinking; Nothing expands possibilities like unleashed thinking.” We Can Change The Way We Think.
When you change your thinking you change your life.
Good God Thinking. Good God thinking when embraced as a lifestyle you understand the relationship between your level of thinking and your level of progress. When you realize that to change your lives, you must change your thinking.
Your life today is a result of your thinking yesterday. Your life life tomorrow will be determined by what you think today.
“Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart].” PHILIPPIANS 4:8 AMP
“Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.” Philippians 4:8-9 MSG
“Finally, brothers and sisters, keep your thoughts on whatever is right or deserves praise: things that are true, honorable, fair, pure, acceptable, or commendable.” Philippians 4:8 GW
These words think on these thing, fill your mind, keep your thoughts, is telling us the secret. A mind left to itself will destroy itself. I see my thinking like a baby. The word says TRAIN UP A CHILD IN THE WAY HE SHOULD GO. Our thinking must be trained. How many times have we said why do I think this or that? Listen to the negative, limited, weak, destructive words we speak about our lives, our families, our health, our future, our finances, our business or occupations, relationships, God, pastors, church, leaders, on and on and we see it all comes from in from unchecked thoughts.
If you think negative in an area all the prayer in the world will not create a positive. We are living out what we are thinking. Our thinking is not trained or disciplined. If you do not check and train your thoughts they will create your life for you. Weak, cheating, defeated, quitter, failure thoughts are creating our lives, families, business, health, etc.
People say I don’t want to be like this or this way, yet the thoughts say you do because we won’t take control of our thought life. You can not change your actions or behaviors by trying to change the problem. You must go to the source which is your thoughts. New thoughts, new mind, new life.
God in His word tells us not what to think but HOW TO THINK. This is our real challenge is most of us do not know how to think Good God thoughts. Proof, look at how we speak about problems, fears and challenges. Proof, look at how we behave, our behavior or actions when we get mad, upset, angers, afraid, frustrated. What you think comes out your mouth, then it comes out in your actions. Your actions or lack of actions reveals what you really think and believe.
Changing from negative to positive thinking isn’t easy, especially if you have a difficult time with change. Anyone here who has a difficult time with change???
For many it’s a life long struggle. Most people’s number one challenge when it comes to making a positive personal change is THEIR FEELINGS. We want change but we don’t know how to get past our emotions.
“Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.” Proverbs 4:23 AMPC
“Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life.” Proverbs 4:23 NCV
If you are willing to change your thinking, you can change your feelings. We tend to only do things that we feel good about. What ever makes you feel good you will do, what ever you think does not make you feel good you will avoid. This is why our flesh is so strong because we tend to give into our feelings.
Why they call it comfort food. We eat it because it makes us feel good.
If your willing to change your thinking, you can change your feelings. If you change your feelings, you can change your actions. And changing your actions—based on good God thinking—can change your life. Example, someone who says I hate to exercise or diet. That statement when it’s their inner thinking they will push exercise and diet away from them. In order to change you must change your thinking from hate to enjoy, or this is so good for me. This will trigger the change in your feelings. Speak I love this, I enjoy this, this makes me feel great.
I have very educated people who can’t manage their lives, family’s, business, etc because they thinking is poor. Quotes: knowledge alone is not power, knowledge has value only in the hands of someone who has the ability to think well.
We see where your thinking is lower those are the areas you struggle and seem to fail or fall short in. Marriages, parenting, spiritual, health, finances, relationships, achievements.
Good God thinking creates the foundation for good results. James Allen philosopher of the human spirit, wrote,”Good thoughts and actions can never produce bad results; bad thoughts and actions can never produce good results.”
Poor thinking produces negative progress. Average thinking produces no progress. 3. Good thinking produces some progress 4. Great thinking produces great progress
One of the reasons people don’t achieve their dreams is that they desire to change their results without changing their thinking.
To make progress in any area, you have to take action. The success of your actions depends entirely on how you think beforehand.
GOOD GOD THINKING INCREASES YOUR POTENTIAL!!!
Proverbs 23:7 as a man thinks in his heart so he is. This means if your thinking shapes who you are, then your potential is determined by your thinking. Your thinking is the lid of your potential. So, if your thinking is limited so is your potential. But if you can keep growing in your thinking, you will constantly out grow what your doing. And your potential will be off the charts.
GOOD GOD THINKING PRODUCES MORE GOOD THINKING IF …… YOU MAKE IT A HABIT.
I am your constant companion. I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden. I will push you onward or drag you down to failure. I am completely at your command. Half of the things you do you might just as well turn over to me and I will be able to do them quickly and correctly. I am easily managed—you must merely be firm with me. Show me exactly how you want something done and after a few lessons I will do it automatically.
I am the servant of all great men and women; and alas, of all failures as well. Those who are great, I have made great. Those who are failures, I have made failures. I am not a machine, though I work with all the precision of a machine plus the intelligence of a man. You may run me for profit or run me for ruin—it makes no difference to me. TAKE ME, TRAIN ME, BE FIRM WITH ME, AND I WILL PLACE THE WORLD AT YOUR FEET. BE EASY AND LET ME DO WHAT EVER, I WILL DESTROY YOU. WHO AM I? I AM HABIT!!!!!
The more you engage in good thinking and it becomes more consistent good things come. Achievement comes from the habit of good thinking.
Unsuccessful people focus their thinking on survival. Everything is emergency. Average people focus their thinking on maintenance. 3. Successful people focus their thinking on progress. Spiritual, health, finances, relationships,
95% percent of achieving anything is knowing what you want and paying the price to get it.
“Practice what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and model your way of living on it, and the God of peace (of untroubled, undisturbed well-being) will be with you.” Philippians 4:9 AMPC
“Practice what you’ve learned and received from me, what you heard and saw me do. Then the God who gives this peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:9 GW
Everybody should do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice. William James