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The wisdom that the prophet Solomon shares on this point is power packed: “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he... “(Proverbs 23:7). It is important to understand this statement because if there are persons that we admire, what we are really admiring are their thoughts. We tend to think we are admiring their success and their achievements, but what we really esteem most about them are their thoughts.
We have the ability to tell what another person is thinking by what he says. What you say telegraphs what you are thinking. We don’t need to be able to read a person’s mind. The proverbial biblical phrase “as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he” was the secret long before Rhonda Byrne produced her controversial bombshell book The Secret. The problems we have and the solutions to those problems are closely bound to our thinking. Our errant thought process has led us to pain, poverty, prison, and paralysis. Our mindset has a direct effect upon our health and wealth. It’s literally all in our minds.
Too many of us are unnecessarily sick and we die prematurely because of our mindset.
Wrong thinking is our dilemma. Reversing this process will require a total reorganization and transformation of our thinking. The apostle Paul said: “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:2). I found this same truth in a book written by Englishman James Allen in the early 1900s. That book is titled As A Man Thinketh. Though it is only 70 pages, the book was a blessing that helped to shape my own thinking in my intellectually formative years. I could not stop reading it. It is one of the most important works that has ever been written. It can be downloaded free as an electronic book at www.asamanthinketh.net/download.htm.
Come on folks, there are no excuses. Both the information and inspiration are available. Allen was born in Leicester, England, in 1864. Not much is known about his early life, but he is believed to have worked for an English corporate executive as a personal secretary until 1902. When he “retired” at the age of 38, he moved with his wife to a small cottage in England, where he wrote more than 20 works before dying suddenly at the age of 48. Allen proved that despite living a short life, a person can be as productive as he wants to be. “The aphorism, As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he, not only embraces the whole of man’s being, but is so comprehensive as to reach out to every condition and circumstance of his life,” wrote Allen. “A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.”
There is hardly a more important factor in human development than we are what we think.
This is among the most significant concepts that we can ever grasp. It can completely and literally revolutionize our lives. This fact has always been there. Now it is time for us to embrace it. Everything we want and need is caught up in our ability to grasp this truth. We have wants and needs, but at some point we must begin to think about what we think about. What we think about determines our character and ultimately controls our circumstances and destiny. Norman Vincent Peale said it this way: “Change your thoughts and you change your world.” William James said, “The greatest discovery to my generation is that man can alter his life simply by altering his attitude of mind.”
When we are sick, we have to learn to think health. When we are poor, we have to think plenty. The trick of the enemy is to get us to think the way he thinks. Conversely, the Holy Spirit is trying to get us to think the way He thinks. This is a classic and ongoing tug of war in our minds. It is called the inner conflict. The stakes are high in this constant battle – back and forth between the forces of good and evil – over who controls the mind. The mind is our Gettysburg, our Vietnam, our Jena, and our Baghdad. It is a conflict for control of our very soul.
There is a story about a Navajo grandfather who once told his grandson, “Two wolves live inside me. One is the bad wolf, full of greed and laziness, full of anger and jealousy and regret. The other is the good wolf, full of joy and compassion and willingness and a great love for the world. All the time, these wolves are fighting inside me.” “But grandfather,” the boy asked, “which wolf will win?”
The grandfather answered, “The one I feed.”
This generation is suffering from a breakdown of the family and poor parenting. It is very difficult for children to raise children. This is the tragic residual of the epidemic of teenage pregnancy that has put the American family, in general, and the African- American family in particular, in great danger. The collapse of the family and family values is at the core of our national corruption.
If you had the knowledge that you are godlike, gang-banging would not be an option because that is not God’s persona. You would not even think about raping somebody because you would know that God is not a sexual predator. Murder rates would go down and employment rates would go up. Hatred would be halted and jealousy would be jailed. We would not be maiming and stealing if we knew who we really were.
If we knew that we carried the “I AM” inside of us, there would be more of us in college than in jail.
We would see more high school drop-ins than drop outs. It has to do with right thinking because it is all in our minds. “We can have a sound, disciplined, strong mind, and we can think the thoughts of God, reason according to the Word of God and reject the thoughts of the world,” wrote Casey Treat in Renewing the Mind. “The lack of a sound, disciplined mind is a major problem in many people’s lives today. The evidence of that lack is glaring, the failure of public schools, the number of hours the average person watches TV, the decline of real leaders and the rise of welfare cases.”
Whenever we are ready to be what Jesus was to the Father, Jesus will be to us what the Father was to Him. All we have to do is step out and say, “For Christ I live and for Christ I die.” Philippians 1:21 says it this way: “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” It is never too late to be great or as Spike Lee simply said, “Do the right thing.”
I believe that God is calling us this present generation like He called Moses out of a burning bush.
Just as He spoke to him, He is speaking to us and calling us to turn our lives over completely to the One who is able to keep us from falling. Whenever we are ready to be what Jesus was to the Father, Jesus will be to us what the Father was to Him. We live in times of great difficulty and challenge in our world. If we were honest, many of us would have to admit that we have been dependent instead of empowered. The chaotic era, in which we live, should serve as a wake up call for those who always see God as residing on the outside. You have a lot more to offer in life when you believe that Jesus lives on the inside of you. I encourage you to invite Him in; He stands at the door and knocks.
Once you allow the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Moses to live in you, then you become the power of God.
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