Discipleship Series – Week 8 – The Power of  Thoughts

How you thought is who you are and what your thinking is who you will be. 

 

And He said That which cometh out of a man, that defileth the man. For within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness and evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: all these things come from within, and defile the man. – Mark 7:20-23

 

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. – Provide 4:23

 

Our heart can refer to our soul and spirit, but mostly refers to the soul part of us, which is our mind, (thoughts) will, and emotions. 

 

We have free will over our thoughts though it may not feel like it. 

 

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. – Philippians 4:8

 

Our emoting follow our thoughts for instance, there’s someone I loved and served that I helped through a hard time by the grace of God, but when I went through a hard spot, they left me on the cliff, saying, “be warmed and filled. “

 

I’m sure we all have those moments in our lives where we feel abandoned by those we thought cared, but even in these moments, we have a choice with our thoughts to dwell on pain or remember the faithfulness of God. 

 

If I choose the pain, I will feel the pain and all the emotions it comes with, but if I choose Jesus, I can maintain my position in peace and joy.

 

Remember, from the last lesson; we learned you never have to step out of peace and joy to do what God has for us. We stay in peace and joy by keeping our mind on good things. – Philippians 4:8

 

The books we read, the movies we watch, and the people we hang out with WILL affect our hearts. This is a low. You can’t just think just one bad movie can’t hurt. Think about what happens. What scenes are played back on repeat in your head?

 

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption, but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. – Galatians 6:7-8

 

You don’t make decisions, good or bad, in the moment.

 

 It is the thought that you chose to meditate on think about over and over that pre-determined the outcome of any given situation.

 

 If you had ever found yourself saying, “I couldn’t help myself” it’s because you didn’t exercise your free will when you had a fighting chance.

 

 (In your thoughts)

 

We must protect or guard our hearts against not just evil but even just natural (fleshly) thoughts.

 

Fill your mind with Spirit and truth. 

 

“It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteer nothing: the words I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” – John 6:63

 

And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind. Thant you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. – Romans 12:2

 

You can be completely transformed, good or bad, by your thought life. 

 

Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts. – Prov 21:2

 

Your thoughts decide the words you speak, and your words have power and creative ability. 

 

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. – Prov 18:21

 

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh – Luke 6:45

 

What you think, believe, and speak decides what you do. 

 

They direct your actions. 

 

You have to see yourself doing something before you do it. 

 

If you never thought about getting ice cream, you would never get it. Why didn’t you wash your sheets today? You didn’t think about it. 

 

You can’t be tempted by something you don’t think about. 

 

Those cookies on the top of the fridge are calling your name. Actually, there is a coffee cake in the fridge calling my name right now. I am trying to focus on typing this out, but that coffee cake with triple filling keeps making its way into my mind so much that I practically taste it. 

 

Okay, that’s it I’m going for a piece. 

 

I grab the little tin, and before I know it I eat the entire tin (at this point, I’m prophesying, but you get my point). 

 

This is how sin works. 

 

The devil comes with a nasty thought to tempt you to think about it. Our first mistake would be to accept the thought. 

 

Don’t do it. 

 

It’s not yours. 

 

The devil sounds like your thoughts, and so does God, but God is a gentleman.

 

The devil is anything but.

 

Our enemy will try to push those thoughts on you. If you accept the thought, it is a seed, and the more you think about it the more you nurture it until it comes out your mouth, and you take action on it. 

 

This is a system that we as believers have control over because we have Jesus inside our born-again spirit. We can guard our heart from the enemies’ lies and put God’s truth in our hearts instead. 

 

The more we think on His Words we nurture them until they come out of our mouths and we take action.

 

For the word of God is quick, powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12

 

Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. – Proverbs 4:26

 

 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

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 Cor 10:3-5

 In His Service,

Abbie

 

Assignment:

Lesson – Don’t look at the Dirt

Music – Sound Mind