Our thoughts are the key to real change

Our thoughts are the key to real change

Since coming back from my medical leave in 2007 I have learned a lot about changes that I have needed to make in my life. I have learned about how to be a better communicator, how to be a better listener, how to handle conflict in healthier ways, how to differentiate myself and a whole host of other good things.

Learning about these things has been good but real change isn’t going to happen unless I actually put these things into practice, right? A big part of putting these things into practice is first dealing with my thought life (specifically faulty thoughts and beliefs).

Change won't last until we take control of  our thought life

Before I can I truly bring about real change in my life I have to first deal with the faulty beliefs/thoughts that have led to my unhealthy patterns/ways of doing things.

The Bible has a lot to say about this. Romans 12:2 says:

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

The biblical word translated as “transform” here is a term from which we get the word “metamorphosis.” Morphing starts in the mind, with a different way of thinking.

To bring about this transformation of the mind we must actively take control of our thoughts today. We can’t be passive or lazy about them. This involves hard work!

We need to learn to recognize destructive thoughts

A big part in overcoming faulty and destructive thoughts is being able to recognize them. The way we do this is by taking our thoughts and comparing them to the truth (God’s word).

Jesus told us that the truth will set us free! We have to remember what God says about us.

An example

When I hear a voice in my head saying that I am not worthy and God doesn’t care about me, I counter that by speaking God’s Word to myself. I have to remind myself of Scripture that override the faulty thoughts that play in my mind.

Two great passages of Scripture that remind me of God’s love for me are:

“There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

In doing this I let God’s word establish what is true and what is not true for me.

How could your life be different if you thought differently?

Categories: Christian living

20 Comments

  • I am totally with you Peter! I had to be reminded of this truth yesterday in a BIG way. I realize that there are some big faulty beliefs that I have been living by that I need to think differently about. Thankfully, we are assured that the truth WILL set us free!

  • Peter_P says:

    Very timely Kevin!

    My thought patterns are my worst stumbling block!

    I'm going to re-read and re-read this to see what I can learn!

  • Peter (Faith4God) says:

    Hey Kevin

    Very well said and a great way to start controlling negative thoughts. I could surely learn a lot from this way of thinking! Instead of thinking, or buying into, the lies of this world I should instead start declaring the promises that God has made to us in his word.

    For me it helps to say them out loud. I sometimes get strange looks when I do that but hey I'm not ashamed or shy to talk about my heavenly father.

    God Bless You

  • Thanks for sharing Peter! Saying God's promises out loud is powerful … we need to proclaim these truths! 🙂

  • andydarnell says:

    I have always had a tough time with word for word scripture memory. I find it very difficult to pull specific verses to mind at times when I most need it, however, the more that I read the Word I am reminded of cases in the Bible that relate to my stupid fleshliness.

    The other thing that seems to help is filling my mind with some good ole fashioned worship music. Music tends to stick with me more. I always seem to be thinking more negatively when I replace these positive inputs with some other input. For instance, if I decide to listen to the sports talk radio station, I'll end up being more negative due to their influence. (ACK, I know better, but I still listen to that crap)

  • Chad_Lambert says:

    So true! If you ever listen to Joyce Meyer, she teaches this over and over. We need to keep hearing it.

    Also, changing our thoughts can change our emotions. I'm no psychologist (but I have stayed at a Holiday Inn Express!), but I think our emotions are mostly influenced by what we think about. That may not be always the case, but we can certainly think ourselves happy or think ourselves worried or frustrated or upset.

  • I am totally with you when it comes to listening to worship music. Music is so powerful. It totally helps me to focus on what I need to be focusing on.

    Thanks for sharing Andy!

  • Our emotions are totally effected by what we think. It goes something like this: thoughts influence our emotions and thoughts and emotions influence our actions. For me, this isn't just "power of positive thinking." This is totally biblical. We are transformed by the renewing of our minds. I think this is an area that is often neglected because people have wrong ideas about the need to transform our minds.

    Thanks for sharing Chad!

  • tcavey says:

    The closer I grow to God the easier it is for me to recognize the lies of satan.
    The Bible says to take every thought captive. When I recognize unholy thoughts, I try to immediately give them over to God and replace them with truths from scripture.

    Also, putting on the Armor of God helps protect my mind. I have come across so many Christians who don’t daily apply the Armor. If it weren’t important it wouldn’t be in the Bible.

  • Hi Kevin,

    What a powerful post! Whenever those negative thoughts cross my mind I always say to myself “In the name of Jesus be gone” Nothing, deomons, negative thoughts, negative people in society can tear me down. This is my strength.
    I am a firm believer that our thoughts are the key to real change. If we are in a negative state of mind, the changes won’t be good at all. Sometimes we do have to struggle through those negative thoughts and that’s when I say that above statement. Things immediately turn to the positive, thereby change will be good.
    I wear a cross, that is my armor. It is a constant reminder for me. I am fearless and know deep inside which side I am on. I know I am protected. Oh…I’ll stop my long winded response and say to you Thank YOU!
    Thank you for posting the word of God.
    Donna

  • Titi says:

    Such an inspirational article! Our thoughts could really help us to reach our goals and realize some good resolutions, but they can mislead us as well… I really like your point on the importance of those skills, which can help us to make the right decision, which thought is good and progressive, and which one pushes us down…

  • Episkopos says:

    What a great post with such encouraging scriptures! I’d like to add another from 2 corinthians 10:5 ‘We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ’ (NLT). As believers its so important that we keep our minds renewed and this can be done by the word and keeping our minds on Christ. After all the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. May God help us as we strive to be obedient in serving Him. God bless you for this much needed post! http://www.daghewardmills.org

  • Steve Vernon says:

    Hi Kevin – Very thought provoking and “right on” article. The Bible is certainly not unique in its teaching about the power of our thoughts to change our life. Centuries before Jesus was teaching his followers about how with the faith the size of a mustard seed nothing was impossible, the Buddha said “All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world.” The idea that our thoughts create our reality has been taught in every major culture and spiritual tradition throughout history, and in the last century quantum theory has provided pretty solid scientific evidence that this really is the case. I love what author/teacher Mike Dooley says so succinctly, “Thoughts become things”.

  • Shiwangi peswani says:

    Lovely tips Kevin, I love you writing and as far as your tips are concerned I completely agree. Thoughts are the first step to action and moreover positive thoughts are something which can change our whole life.

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