One of the greatest weapons that you have to combat challenges is your mind.
Psychologist Archibald Hart once said, “Research has shown that one’s thought life influences every aspect of one’s being”. Jesus once said that a good tree cannot produce bad fruit and a bad tree cannot produce good fruit. There is a link between our thoughts and the outward results of our lives. Proverbs 23:7 says – “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” How we think determines how we act. If you want to change your life, you will have to change your mind.
A lot of the problems that we face in life comes from wrong thinking. Negative thinking can lead you to experience fear and depression, blocking the light of God’s joy and peace, so that you are mired in darkness and unable to receive God’s loving guidance and wisdom. Positive thinking leads to faith and hope, a trust that God will take care of things, no matter how bad it seems.
The mind is like a battlefield, Satan is actively trying to plant thoughts that will make us feel anxious or discouraged, thoughts that tempt us to sin, so we need to be vigilant regarding our thought life.
In 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 Paul writes:
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Our thought life is subjected to spiritual warfare, we have to fight to keep our thoughts holy and pure, obedient to Christ. One of the dangers with negative thinking is that if it becomes a habit, then it becomes a stronghold that Satan uses to keep you in misery.
Romans 12:2 tells us – “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Our thoughts should be radically different from how the world thinks. As Christians, we are to change, transform ourselves by filling our minds with new, Christ-like thoughts. Then we will be able to know what God’s perfect will is for our life.