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We Are What We Think We Are

Stop ThinkingOf this I am certain: The mind is the key to unlocking our problems and possibilities.

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.”

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The Image of Power, Part 2

1359701390228You cannot teach what you do not know, and you cannot lead where you will not go.

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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This is an excerpt from “It’s All in Your Mind” by Dr. Benjamin
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The Image of Power, Part 1

michelangelo-finger-of-god-lgIn Genesis 1:27, the Bible describes how God made mankind: So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them. Because all of us were made in God’s image, we are showing our ignorance when we allow the devil to trick us into looking upon another human as being inferior. Females are not inferior to males as both are created in His image.

Those with light skin color are not inferior to those with darker skin tones, and those with dark skin are not inferior to light-skinned people. Consider how Eugene Peterson interprets the same Genesis 1:27 verse: God created human beings; He created them godlike, reflecting God’s nature. He created them male and female. I know that many people are afraid to say they are godlike because of religious tradition, but it is still true. When we look at God, His reflection should be in us, and when people look at us they should see this reflection.

Let me be clear, you are not a God but you are godlike. In other words, you are not God, but you were made in His image.

As a matter of fact, you are a speaking spirit in an earth suit. The power of God is in you and when you speak, something is supposed to happen. Acts 17:28 says: For in Him we live, and move, and have our being. To say we are godlike and were made in God’s image sounds foreign to some people. Using the word like helps us to understand the godlike concept. Like means similar, it does not mean exact. We are not God, we are just like God. We are just similar to God. We are a reflection of God. When we look in the mirror, we should see God’s reflection.

For instance, the moon gives off the light that illuminates the night. It is not the sun, but it is a reflection of the sun. So it is with us. Jesus is the Light of the World, and we are a reflection of that light. That is why we are called the light of the world. People, who are sitting around waiting for a handout, would help themselves immensely if they found out that the hand of God’s power is already within them – just as God made clear to Moses at the burning bush. God then said, ‘Put your hand inside your shirt.’ He slipped his hand under his shirt, then took it out. His hand had turned leprous, like snow. He said, ‘Put your hand back under your shirt.’ He did it, then took it back out – as healthy as before (Exodus 4:6-7).

The Bible also declares in Acts 17:28: For in him we live, and move, and have our being… For we are also His offspring. The Bible says God’s people are being destroyed for lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). We often think wrong because we are ignorant of what is right. Some would argue that this truth is relative, but my measuring stick is the Bible as the Word of God. I want to share a word of knowledge that can change our direction from being dependent believers to being empowered believers. It is revolutionary thinking. There is no doubt that we have got the power, but first we have to understand who God is and who we are. Do you know that if we knew who we really were, we would think differently, and as a result we would act differently? We would not do just anything and everything that comes to our minds if we knew that we were reflecting Him. We would know beyond a shadow of doubt that there are two different sides of being godlike. One side holds us accountable, and the other side makes us undefeatable and unstoppable while still holding us accountable.

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This is an excerpt from “It’s All in Your Mind” by Dr. Benjamin
To order this life-saving and life-changing book, call (317) 254-5853.
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Present Your Mind to God

thinkerOne of the chief reasons we do not have enough of what we need is because we won’t offer God our minds. People, who are operating with a renewed mind, rarely lack for anything.

When the Bible said in Romans 12:1 “present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is our reasonable service,” too often we think that means just to be present. But there is a difference between being present and presenting ourselves. Everyone who attends church on Sunday morning or Wednesday evening is present. What will get the best results, however, is when we are not only present but also presenting our minds to the cleansing of the Word of God. In other words, offering our minds to the Spirit of God. The process is real easy to begin. Just say, “God take my mind and renew it because I cannot stop doing what I am doing without a new mind!”

The difference between being present and presenting is the difference between showing up for class just to be there and striving for an “A” grade.

When we attempt to achieve excellence while going to school, we are committed to making the honor roll. We are committed to being a valedictorian, or excelling enough to be Phi Beta Kappa. We may not always reach it, but there is nothing wrong with being committed to it. Some of us just want to go to class and be checked off when attendance is taken, and that is why stuff never changes. The reason things never improve for us is because our minds have us coming to church to be present but we never do any presenting. The Bible says the best way for us to please God and make an “A” is to renew our minds. Ask any classroom teacher. If I wanted to get an “A” in class, I would try to sit in the front so I could see and hear everything the instructor does and says. I am not saying I would not get an “A” sitting in the back, but it would be more difficult to do from back there.

There is something about students who sit in the front and on the edge of their seat. They get into a habit of going in early, and even though sometimes they do not know the answer, they still are in great position to raise their hands to get the answer. The teachers are usually impressed by their eagerness to learn, and by their consistency of doing their homework on time. The students that go to school early and are ready to learn, will get the teacher’s attention. Students attract attention when they go to school late, but it is the wrong kind of attention.

The same is true when we go to our jobs early. If we are trying to earn a promotion or raise, we would be smart to go into work early. This is how we win favor. After all, if we had to line up for some football, basketball, concert or theater tickets, we would go early.

People, who are operating with a renewed mind, rarely lack for anything

In his book Reposition Yourself: Living Life Without Limits, Bishop T.D. Jakes wrote: “True prosperity doesn’t come from the outside. It comes from within. It isn’t just about money; it is about a relentless commitment to progress. Prosperity is more about having a balanced and centered life without losing control of what God has given you… Personal responsibility falls within the same purview as fulfilling our God-given potential.”

So, present your mind to God today!

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Book Cover - MIND
This is an excerpt from “It’s All in Your Mind” by Dr. Benjamin
To order this life-saving and life-changing book, call (317) 254-5853.
Click Here to Order the book from Amazon.com
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