January 30, 2013
“God has…given us…a sound mind.” 2Ti 1:7 NKJV
The Bible says, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” In order to improve your life you must change two things: (1) Your thought processes. Gordon MacDonald says: “People who are out of shape mentally fall victim to ideas and systems that are destructive to the human spirit. They’ve not been taught how to think, nor have they set themselves to the life-long pursuit of the growth of the mind, so they grow dependent upon the thoughts and opinions of others. Rather than deal with ideas and issues, they reduce themselves to lives filled with rules, regulations and programs.” The moment you think you know it all, you’ve merely stopped thinking. (2) Your expectations. The story’s told of a man who went to a fortuneteller. She said to him, “You’ll be poor and miserable until you’re fifty.” The man asked her, “What will happen then?” She replied, “Then you’ll get used to it.” Be honest; how many successful people do you know who are apathetic and negative? None! Faith produces excitement, commitment, energy—characteristics that help you achieve success. If you’d like to possess these qualities then raise your expectation level and bring it into alignment with God’s promises. “Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them” (Mk 11:24 NKJV). Do you want to succeed where you’ve failed before? To become the person you always hoped to be? Don’t start by changing your actions, start by changing your mind. Renew it daily with God’s Word. Nothing else you do will have as great an impact.