What Are You Thoughts?

Our minds and our imaginations were given to us by God for a purpose. They are a wonderful and beautiful creation that God meant for us to use to glorify Him, see out future, and to overcome the enemy. It is up to us how we are using this God given tool. Are you glorifying Him, or your problems? Are you entertaining the thoughts of God, or the lies of the enemy? Is your imagination seeing great things in store, or doom and gloom? It’s time we take control of our minds.

II Corinthians 10:5 (KJV), “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”

Are you going to change your perspective? We can either look at things the way the world does, or we can look at things from the perspective of a new creation.

Here is some help in changing your perspective. Compiled by Pastor Paul Hohman, New Testament Church, Merrill, Wisconsin. (Used with permission).

Worldly Prospective Versus New Creation Prospective
1. “Nobody love me” or John 3:16 (NKJV), For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
2. “I’m weak, I can’t go on” or, 2 Corinthians 13:9 (NKJV), And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
3. “I’m not smart enough” or, 1 Corinthians 1:30 (NKJV), But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God-and righteousness and sanctification and redemption.
4. “I can’t figure things out” or, Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV), Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
5. “It’s just not worth it” or, Romans 8:25,28 (NKJV), But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
6. “I’m not able” or, 2 Corinthians 9:8 (NKJV), And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
7. “I can’t do it” or, Philippians 4:13 (NKJV), I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
8. “I can’t manage. Life’s too overwhelming” or, Philippians 4:19 (NKJV), And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches and glory by Christ Jesus.
9. “I’m afraid” or, 2 Timothy1:7 (NKJV), For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
10. “I don’t have enough faith” or, Romans 13:3 (KJV), Fr I say, through the grace given unto me to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
11. “I am always worried and I get frustrated easily” or, 1 Peter 5:7 (TLB), Let Him have all your worries and cares, for He is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.
12. “I just feel all alone” or, Hebrews 13:5b (NKJV), For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
13. “It’s just impossible for me” or, Luke 18:27 (NIV), Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”

Screen Your Thoughts


Let’s pretend that it is spring. We have been cooped up in the house all winter and there is a fresh spring breeze blowing outside. The first thing we want to do is open all the windows wide and blow out all the stagnant air in our homes. Unfortunately, there are these little (or if you live in Wisconsin-BIG) pesky things called mosquitoes. Thank God for the invention of a simple thing called a screen! They allow the fresh breeze to come in and keep those irritating blood suckers out. The screen has little holes that are too small for those bug and creepy things to come in through.

God’s word is like a screen. But like most Godly things, it works the opposite of our window screens. The screen of God keeps the good stuff in and allows the bad stuff to fall through. Picture this in your mind for minute. This screen isn’t vertical, but it is horizontal. Now picture a shovel full of rich dirt, with some clean flowing water. This screen will catch all the precious stones and allow the silt and dust to flow on through.

We all have some thoughts that are just plain “puny”. God’s thoughts are so much bigger than ours. (Isaiah 55:8-9). Here are a few examples:
“I can’t afford to tithe.”
“It’s flu (or cold) season.”
“If I just had enough to pay my house payment.”
“I hope I have a good day.”
Can you say PUNY? Those would all fall through!

Now let’s allow the screen of God’s word to do it’s work and see what is left behind.
“God said to “try” Him in paying my tithe and promised to open the windows of heaven and poor out blessings. (Malachi 3:10) So I can’t afford not to tithe!
“Flu doesn’t have a season in my body, because Jesus took my infirmities, and by His stripes I have already been healed.” (Matthew 8:16-17)
“I not only have enough for all of my bills, but I am debt free and owe no man anything but to love him. I have enough to give into every good work.” (II Cor. 9:8)
And instead of just a good day, why not a God directed and planned day. “This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. The plans you have for me this day is to prosper me, not to harm me.” (Jer. 29:11)

Can you see a pattern? Allow all those “puny” thoughts, those no expectations, too little for God’s children, stinkin’ thinkin’, UNGODLY thoughts to flow through. Don’t hang on to them. If they don’t line up with God’s word and His 8,000 promises, they need to be flushed away-literally! Allow the big dreams, great hope, huge expectations to remain. Keep them as precious stones! Look at them, think about them, show them off! Nothing, absolutely nothing, is too difficult for Him! Or for His children. Matthew 19:26 says, “Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” He makes a way where there is no way. All His promises are Yes and Amen! To God’s glory through us. We have to hang onto, declare and receive those promises to give God the glory. The world will see how He takes care of us, and they will see His banner of Love over us, clearly defining our leader and our general. When things get hairy, which side will they flock to? The ones with the puny thinking, who’s banner over them is depression, sickness and poverty? Or the one who’s banner is LOVE! Those ones who possess peace and portray life? Who can share their abundance and stand in faith? The family of God who have a great Hope, for the One who has promised is able to do what He promises.

Don’t have a screen? Ask God to be your Lord and Savior. Give up, surrender your heart to Him. He’ll take such better care of it then you ever will. Is your screen ripped and torn, wore out? Get into His word, do some repair. Look up some of those promises. Write them on note cards and memorize them. Ask God how much He loves you then listen for His answer. David said he his God’s word in his heart to keep him from sin. Ask God to engraft His word into your heart. When you engraft one branch of a tree into another type, that engrafted tree becomes part of the host. Let God’s word not just hide in your heart, let it become part of you! You ask, and apply yourself, He’ll do it! He is faithful.