thoughts-have-power_p1622004Phil. 4: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]. (Amplified version)

What do you think about on a daily basis?  What preoccupies your mind?  For many people, today is the first day of a work week.  Their thought may be “oh boy, the start of another week.”  Others may be thinking about bills that have to be paid.  Perhaps you are focused on a big event, such as a wedding or a graduation.  Still others may be thinking about the controversy surrounding this year’s Presidential election.  The real questions, however, are what guides or influences your thoughts?  What do you spend most of your time thinking about? Paul sets a standard for what should be the essence of our thinking.  “But, it isn’t practical to believe that I can think about these things all the time.  I have to live in the real world.”  How can I be a light in a dark world, if my thinking is like the world?  How am I going to be different if my thinking, my acting, and my doing is the same as everyone else in the world?  Are we not called to be a peculiar people?  If we think about these things continually, eventually these thoughts will influence our actions.  This type of thinking is the result of a renewed mind.

Last week, we saw the video of the backwards bike.  The instructor informed us that it took him many hours to learn how to ride the bike, because his mind and his thinking had become rigid from being so accustomed to riding a traditional bike.  He had to unlearn how to ride the traditional bike, then train his mind to ride the backwards bike.  It is the same in the kingdom of God.  We have to unlearn how we did things in the world, and train our minds to do things the kingdom way.  Learning to think this way takes hours of work, accompanied by the actual practice of doing things according to the new way of thinking.

How do you begin?  You begin in prayer.  “Ask, and it shall be given.”  Ultimately, our thinking should have its roots in the one foundation that cannot be shaken, and that is the kingdom of God.  Like the leaven in the parable spoken by Jesus Christ, thinking about this kingdom continually will eventually permeate every area of your life.  This thinking will change the way you look at your job, your finances, your relationships, your health, and every other area of your life that you allow to be influenced by this way of thinking.  When do you begin?  Begin this new way of thinking today.