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Thursday, May 19, 2022

As a Man Thinks


As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.

—Proverbs 23:7



The way you think of yourself is who you believe you are. If you want to have a positive attitude, then you must think positive thoughts. God is not going to make you have good thoughts miraculously. You choose to think about “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 you believe positive thinking happens quickly, it doesn’t. “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 permanently change the way you think. 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 God’s Truth is the answer to changing your attitude. Over time, the renewing of your mind by the Word will change you (Romans 12:2). To be renewed, you allow the Truth of God’s Word to reveal to you what to believe instead of allowing your feelings or anyone else to tell you what to believe. As God’s Truth becomes planted in your heart, your emotions and feelings are controlled more easily.


“Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21, NKJV). The words you say speak life or death. “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 harmful or what is positive.


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 seen or experienced in the flesh?  Well, Truth first transforms your mind and becomes the abundance of your heart. And then, according to the way you think in your heart, you speak what you believe. You speak hope and life. Doubt cannot shake you. You believe no matter what the world says or anyone else says. You believe God is faithful to keep His promise and that you will see His goodness revealed in your life.


As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.

—Proverbs 23:7


© 2022 Lynn Lacher





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