“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.”
From studying the brain scientists have found that repeated thoughts actually create physical grooves in the brain. When we practice a skill, learn a sport or study facts, a little trench is carved into our brain tissue. This is another reason why it is hard to break a habit. A habit is truly physical. One must make a new brain groove to break a habit.
Repeated thoughts become not just brain grooves, but deeds and repeated deeds become concrete routines. This natural functioning condition of the brain helps us to learn in the best-case scenario. In a worst-case scenario these thoughts become ditches of self-doubt, phobias, obsessive thoughts, vices, misdeeds and worse.
Every word that comes out of our mouth comes from a thought – whether consciously or unconsciously. Our thoughts, values and beliefs, will make us or break us. Our mind has incredible power, so be careful about what we’re thinking. If we think good thoughts, our words will be good. At every point Right living begins with right thinking. Each of us has a unique perception of the world we live in. This is because we have created it by our past thoughts.
We must read God’s Word in order to get it rooted deep in our heart to think the right things. Psalms 119:11 states, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Plant God’s Word deep in your heart in order to think the right thoughts. Someone rightly said
“plant a thought and reap a word; plant a word and reap an action; plant an action and reap a habit; plant a habit and reap a character; plant a character and reap a destiny.”
Friends, let us take on board the quotes of ‘the iron lady’, Margaret Thatcher, “Watch your thoughts, they become words; watch your words, they become actions; watch your actions, they become habits; watch your habits, they become character; watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
Every thought has an agenda to shape our philosophy of life and prompt us to move in some direction. We must filter our thoughts with truth otherwise our feelings will control our minds and eventually produce words and actions that take us in a direction we will finally regret.
To move in the direction God intended, we must begin by finding out what God thinks. In Isaiah 55:8 God says “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. As you and I think about His thoughts, we will find that His Words begin to shape our thoughts and words. Actions will follow. Good habits will form and shape our character and destiny.
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