As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.
The way you think determines who you believe you are. If you want to believe who you are in Christ, you must allow the Word to positively change the way you think and see yourself. You choose to have a positive attitude about who God says you are. 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).
“If there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy,” Paul writes, “meditate on these things.” (Philippians 4:8b, NKJV).
If you think a positive attitude will happen quickly, you will be disappointed. 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 Holy Spirit who gives life to the Word (John 6:63).
Meditating on the Word of God and allowing the Holy Spirit to change the way you process its Truth is the answer for changing your attitude. Over time, the renewing of your mind by the Word will change your attitude (Romans 12:2). You will live from what you believe instead of what you feel. You will allow the Truth of God’s Word to reveal to you who you are instead of what the world or anyone else tells you.
“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). You speak what you believe in your heart—either what is negative and destructive or what is positive and life-changing.
Do you want to believe in the goodness of God’s love for you? Do you wish to believe by faith in His promise that you haven’t yet seen or experienced? His Truth first transforms your mind and then becomes the abundance of your heart. According to the way you think in your heart, you speak what you believe. And according to what you believe, you receive (Matthew 9:29).
When you speak what God says out of the abundance of your heart, you speak the power of His life into whatever your need. You believe no matter what the world says or anyone else says. You believe God is forever faithful to keep His promises and that His inherent goodness always brings forth His blessings in your life.
How do you think in your heart?
©2021 Lynn Lacher