WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?

Today’s society is consumed with achieving “success”. I put “success” in quotes because it is a whole other topic on how one should define success. Is success a bad thing for a Christian to desire and strive for?  No, if your heart is in the right place and the success you desire is honoring to God, it is not a bad thing. But, success can look very different to two people, so let’s agree to keep the definition of success very general for this discussion.  

 

The difference between those who are successful and those who aren’t is often just the way they think. Wrong thinking will never lead to solving problems!

 

God wants us to change the way we think. Isaiah 55: 8-9 reads: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.  “As the heavens are higher than the earth so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

 

It was once shared with me that true success is guarded by difficulty and complexity.  Most people when faced with adversity or a difficult situation either give up or simply choose to ignore the situation hoping it will go away (hint: it never does). All successful people or businesses have fought their way through difficulty and complexity at some point.  Matthew 7:14 reads: “But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” So, don’t ever give up! As Pastor Terry says “Grow Forward!”

 

Here are a couple of wrong ways of thinking that are prevalent in today’s world: 

 

  1. “If I only had more money”….I could solve this problem or that problem.

 

Jesus never said that more money was the solution to a problem. Although the topic of money was mentioned in the bible more than the topic of prayer (seriously) Jesus never claimed more money to be the answer. 

 

  1. “I don’t have enough experience”…to start a new business or to pursue my dream job/passion.  

 

It is often said that experience is the best teacher. I disagree with this statement. I believe that other people’s experience is the best teacher! Learn from others successes and failures. 

 

We need to change how we think and what we think. The power of our mind is an awesome thing. We must protect what we allow into our minds through our eyes (what we watch/read) and through our ears (what we listen to). If what we watch, read and listen to is not honoring to God there is a good chance that we ultimately make poor decisions. 

 

Proverbs 13:20 reads: Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.

Protect your mind and your heart against the ways of this world.  Place into your mind those things which are holy and righteous and you will make better decisions.   

 

– Read the bible! It has all the answers and will never lead you astray.  

– Read and watch good media. Ask yourself, “Will this take me closer to God? If not, why watch it?  

– Listen to good worship music. Our God loves it when we worship him. We were built for worship. It allows us to truly connect to our Creator and honor him. Don’t fill your mind and your heart with impure and unholy media/music. It leads to bad thinking. 

 

You get revelation when you spend time with God through reading his word, time in prayer and through worship.  It enables you to think properly and make good decisions. Information moves people, but revelation changes people.

 

Don’t just seek God’s hand, seek His face. A personal, intimate relationship with God allows you to think properly, make good decisions and achieve the ultimate success. 
 
ELDER JUSTIN MECKLENBERG

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