The way you think of yourself is who you believe you are (Proverbs 23:7). If you want to have a positive attitude, then you need to have positive thoughts. God is not going to make you have good thoughts miraculously. You choose to think on “whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report” (Philippians 4:8a, NKJV).
“Whatever we focus our attention on is what will dominate our thoughts. If our thoughts are dominated by the things of this world, then we are going to get worldly results in our lives. We need to focus on God to get godly results” (Andrew Wommack).
God will keep you in perfect peace when your thoughts are focused on Him (Isaiah 26:3). Instead of allowing the enemy to control your thoughts and steal your peace, focus on God’s Word and allow the Holy Spirit to continually renew your mind with the revelation of His Truth.
Where your mind goes determines if your attitude will change or not. Changing the way you think does not happen quickly. To have a positive attitude takes time. You must “bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5, NKJV).
“If there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” (Philippians 4:8b, NKJV). You must meditate long and hard to change your thought processes permanently. This happens through the revelation power of the Word of God. The Word that God speaks is Spirit and life. And it is the Spirit who gives life to the Word (John 6:63).
Meditating on the Word and allowing the Holy Spirit to change the way you process Truth is the answer for changing the way your think. These also teach you to effectively manage any negative feeling that arises. Over time, the renewing of your mind by the Word will change what you believe in your heart (Romans 12:2). To be renewed, you allow the Truth of God’s Word to reveal to you what you believe instead of what the world or anyone else tells you to believe.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21, NKJV). You have the power to speak either death or life. “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34, NKJV). And you will speak what you believe in your heart—either what is negative and harmful or what is positive and life-changing.
Do you want to believe the goodness of God’s love for you? Do you wish to believe by faith for His promise that you haven’t seen or experienced in the flesh? God’s Truth first transforms your mind and then becomes the abundance of your heart. You speak what you believe in your heart.
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23, NKJV). When you continually confess God’s hope and life, you are renewed in the spirit of your man. Your heart grows to trust what the Holy Spirit reveals in the Word.
Allow the Holy Spirit to renew your mind with God’s Truth, and learn your identity in Christ. You will think differently, so you will feel differently. You will believe. You will trust. With faith, you can tell any mountain which tries to come against you to move. His peace, which is above any human reasoning, will guard your thoughts. You will see your life filled with infinite possibilities. His joy will be your strength, and you will stand firmly in His Truth in the face of lies. You will rest in His Grace believing that the life He gave for you on Calvary has made you a completely new person—entirely recreated by His power.
And one day from being renewed in your mind, you realize the way you think has changed. You experience the certainty of God’s Truth. Doubt cannot claim you. You believe no matter what the world says or anyone else says. You believe God is faithful to keep His promise and that His goodness will always be manifested in your life.
© 2021 Lynn Lacher