Whatever we put into our minds and think about will determine our emotions. What we stay focused on will determine whether we stay in peace or worry.
The Bible speaks to our mind and heart. Paul wrote in Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are good report, if there is any virtue and if anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.
The thoughts we consistently feed into our minds will determine our emotions and desires, which in turn determine our actions or reactions.
If we constantly focus and dwell on the bad things that have happened to us, it will bring emotions of anger, jealousy, bitterness, and envy. And then, those emotions will determine our actions and what comes out of our mouths.
Constantly living in the past will stir up certain emotions. It is crucial to focus on what is truth. Christ taught us to live for today. He said take no thought for tomorrow because tomorrow has enough trouble of its own. Furthermore, the only time we are to meditate on the past is when we remember all the “good” things God has done in our lives.
So how do we learn to tell the difference between what is truth and what is error in our thinking? Here’s what I’ve learned: When you study, meditate, and fill your spirit with God’s truth by getting in His Word, you will know when the enemy contradicts it. However, if a person is not rooted and grounded in Holy Scripture, they become vulnerable to all sorts of error.
Our faith plays a huge part in what we believe. We have to always remember, God calls you as if you are what He says your calling already is. For instance: He will call you “pastor” before you ever pastor a body of believers; He calls us healed before the sickness ever goes away; He calls us prosperous before we are ever out of debt. We must learn to fully believe what He says about us through scripture and then speak it about ourselves. God said that because Abraham believed God, that God accounted it unto him as righteousness. God called Abraham, “A father of many” before he had a son.
Don’t ever believe the lie from the enemy that you are not what God says you are. God’s word is His truth and anything that comes into your mind contradictory to His Word is a lie. We don’t walk by sight or what we see, but by faith, always believing and trusting Christ.