Mercy, mercy, me.
I have so much to say on this topic. You might have to reign me back in!
Whether for better or worst all begins with the Mind ( also called the Heart). Not that big chunk of flesh that sits at the top of our bodies...No!
But our Mind: The seat of our thoughts, wills, emotions, motives and intellect. Our mind controls our whole body.
Once our mind gives an instruction, you will better believe it, that our body will follow. Our mind also has the power to chart our destiny.
It is amazing that the mind is one of the first areas that God begins to transform, when we become Christians, because God knew that we must literally 'loose our minds' ( or our way of thinking) to put on the mind of Christ.
Let us now look at the meaning to the words 'thoughts, will, emotions and motives', for a better understanding of how our mind works:
These four areas are seated in our minds. Every day we have thoughts ( or ideas and opinions of ourselves, others, our surroundings, our past and our future.) These thoughts are either positive or negative ones.But it is the power of these thoughts that drive our Will, Our Emotions and Our Motives.
Now imagine that you woke up this morning with the thought that 'this is not going to be a good day'.
Your Emotions immediately becomes sad or maybe even angry or worried. Everything you do during the course of that day, will also reflect the thought that was placed in your mind that 'this is not going to be a good day'.
Do you see how powerful your mind is? It controls every one of our actions.
The problem is not our positive thoughts, but the negative ones. This is every single thought that is contrary to the Word of God and the Will of God for our lives. Those negative thoughts are the trouble makers.
There are many instances in the scriptures, when the word 'heart' is used in place of the word 'mind.' This is one such instance. Here Jesus explains exactly what defiles or ruins us: which is what comes out of our mouth, not what goes in.
STOP and think about this for a moment.
1. What goes into our mouth? Food and Water ( that which nourishes)
2. What comes out of our mouth? Words ( which can defile or ruin us)
He went on to explain exactly what happens. Before anything can come forth out of us , it has to first be created in our mind / or our thoughts. If these thoughts are negative they are considered 'evil thoughts'. and Jesus explains that these thoughts are what ruin or destroy us.
Wow! .... Our Words does all that?
They reduce us to a state of decay, collapse, and no longer fit for use?
Yes! God says that negative words are evil Why? Because every negative word, when it goes out of our mouth it 'IMMEDIATELY GOES TO WORK'. It's job is to reduce us to a state that is no longer fit for use.
I hope you do not mind bible study lessons that really goes behind the curtains and tell you the truth.
Now let's really see what these negative words does to us, by looking at the word 'reduce'. It means
Let's really see what these negative words does to us, by looking at the word 'REDUCE'. It means
1. To bring down, as in extent, amount, or degree; to diminish
2. To bring to a humbler, weaker, difficult, or forced state or condition; especially:
3. To lower the value of
That is exactly what Jesus Christ expressed in the passage. This is the power of a negative word. But we can turn this around.
What we often think about is
exactly what we often speak about, whether negative or positive. These
words are creative power houses that shape our day, our tomorrow, our
life and our future.
Now that we know the problem - our mind- it's time to lose our minds for the mind of Christ.
Proverbs 23: 7 " As he thinketh in his heart so is he"
Throughout this lesson we have really seen how what we think and say have affected our lives. But it is also true that what we think is reflected in how we behave or our actions. Our thoughts affects every part of us.
So, if what we think and speak affects our lives, our surroundings and our future, then what must we do? Of course, change what we speak; but in order for us to do that we must begin to daily attack the root of this problem, which is our thoughts that was created in our Mind.
So we are right back at the beginning of this mind bible study. In order to achieve an abundant christian living we must first change our Mindset.
Think about this for a moment. When our mindset changes this means that our thoughts will no longer be negative but instead positive.
This means also, that our Will ( which is our mental capacity that deliberately decides our course of action) also changes.
Our negative destructive direction will change to daily taking steps closer to an abundant christian living. All this will happens when we begin to change our mindset.
After all, if there is no change of course, there can be no change of destination! It's time to take a self test. Let us find out the direction that you have been travelling.
I hope you enjoy this Losing your mind bible study lesson. We really found out the our negative words are ruining our lives. I intend to begin making changes in my life and so should you.
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