The Positive Christian – Part 2

Most of us have a nearly continuous inner “dialogue” going on in our minds. The mind is very busy “talking” to itself – keeping up an endless discussion about life, the world, our feelings, our problems, and other people.

Often, we aren’t consciously aware of it. We say and do things without really thinking about them, almost as if we’re on “automatic pilot”. Well, this isn’t strictly true. We are constantly communicating with the parts of ourselves that others rarely, if ever, see. And we ARE responsible for what is being said in those inner communications.

When we speak of that “still, small voice” this is the level of communication we most often are speaking of. This refers to the voice of God in our hearts. Most often, God doesn’t speak from burning bushes, but in the quiet eddies of our minds and hearts. When we don’t pay attention to this inner dialogue, and don’t actively seek His leading, we tend to notice that our lives begin to take a downward path to self-destruction and other negative behaviors. Why?

Many self-help programs recommend using “daily positive affirmations” to help us to steer away from negative or destructive thinking, or to place into our minds positive, healthy thoughts – snippets that we can re-visit throughout the day.

The Bible is full of these “snippets”. Jesus often spoke in small bursts of knowledge and information. Many of these have come down into general use, such as “The Golden Rule” (Luke 6:31), “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

If we are walking with the Lord, we need to not only physically but mentally “walk the walk”. If we are feeling lost, alone, afraid or depressed, we need to turn to the Word of God to fill our thinking with His thinking, making our thoughts congruent with His thoughts. In Proverbs 23:7, we are told, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…” The author, James Allen put it this way:

“Actions are the blossoms of thought, and both joy and suffering are their fruits; thus does a man gather the sweet and bitter fruitage of his own choices. …Man grows according to high laws… a noble and God-like character is not a thing of favor or chance, but is the natural result of continued effort in right thinking, the effect of long-cherished association with God-like thoughts. A low and bestial character, by the same process, is the result of the continued harboring of groveling thoughts.”

It is the birthright of every Christian that we should have the mind of God Himself, through Jesus Christ. in Phillipians 2:5, it says: “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus…”. We are commanded to have the mind of Christ – and to govern our minds in like manner. In Matthew 15:18-20, Jesus said, “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man…”

Pretty strong words. Elsewhere, Jesus says that even thinking lustful thoughts is the same as committing the act of it. “But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:28

When we don’t place “good thoughts” into our minds, then we must, by simple deduction, be putting “bad thoughts” into them. Then, as we are awake and going about our day, it is these bad, or negative, thoughts that constitute the inner self-talk upon which so much of our actions are based. That is why it is so vitally important to seek and study the Word each day, to fill our minds with the thoughts of God, that we may recognize His voice in our hearts when He speaks to us.

I find that when I don’t take time to spend in the Word, and prayer, that my day is not a positive one. I am often plagued by feelings of worthlessness, depression, anger, sorrow and many others, out of all context of positivity. Yet, when I DO spend time in the Word, spend time in prayer, in communication with God, then, everything seems to fall into place. I have a good attitude, a positive outlook and I am better able to hear that “still small voice” when it speaks to me.

For positive output, you must have positive input.

May God bless and keep you always!

Heidi

Next week will begin a new series, on prayer!!!!

One response

3 01 2010
lambskinny

Thanks Heidi. This is the truth, that as we stay in the Word, we remain in Christ. For the Word is God, the perfect representative of Him. And in Him we move and have our being. Amen.

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