Study Scripture:  “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.” – Proverbs 23:7

Introduction:

So far, I think this series has been pretty good.  I’ve enjoyed writing it, and I’ve learned from it myself.  Believe it or not, this is actually one of my favorite Proverbs because it reminds me to be mindful of what I see when I look in the mirror.  It’s very easy to look in the mirror, and not see at all what God sees when He looks at me.  So, let’s get into this message, and see what we can learn and apply today.

Today’s Message:

Years ago, I learned an invaluable lesson: Whatever we focus on, we become. That simple statement taught me a great deal. Wherever we put our energies or our attention, those things will develop. Another way I like to say it is, “Where the mind goes, the man follows!” Battlefield of the Mind Devotional by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2005 by Joyce Meyer

I have always believed that our minds have an amazing ability to bring forth whatever it meditates upon, and that’s exactly what the Word of God says about it.  Yesterday I wrote about how that when you go through years of being told that your abnormal, a loser, and will never amount to anything…eventually your mind begins to meditate upon that, and before long you begin to believe it.  Especially if it’s reinforced by more that one person, and I had many people see to it that they reinforced those comments…and it didn’t take long before I internalized them…and eventually began to live life that way.

As a man thinketh in his heart…so is he.  The more I heard that I was a loser the more I believed it, and the more I began to live my life that way.  The more I heard people tell me I wasn’t normal the more I believed it, and the more I lived my life that way.  In addition to becoming what you think…you also become what you see.

I’ll give you an example.  I came from a household that was very private, not very warm, and don’t you know that’s how I am today.  I am a bit warmer than my parents were, but I guess that’s because of the Lord and the work He’s done in my heart.  My dad wasn’t a very expressive person.  He almost always had the same look on his face no matter what mood he was in, and don’t you know I do the same thing. You base conclusions upon what you see, and based upon what I saw from my dad…that’s kind of how I am today.  All of this, of course based upon thoughts, and since I thought that’s how men were…that’s what I became.

If we focus only on the negative things in our lives, we become negative people. Everything, including our conversations, becomes negative. We soon lose our joy and live miserable lives–and it all started with our own thinking.

You might be experiencing some problems in life–not realizing that you are creating them yourself by what you’re choosing to think about. I challenge you to think about what you’re thinking about! You might be discouraged and even depressed and wonder what caused it. Yet if you will examine your thought life, you will find that you are feeding the negative emotions you are feeling. Negative thoughts are fuel for discouragement, depression, and many other unpleasant emotions.  Battlefield of the Mind Devotional by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2005 by Joyce Meyer

Yeah…what are you focusing on?  Are you focusing on your problems and circumstances or are you focused on the Solution?  And don’t write me to say that I don’t understand how hard you have it.  Really?  Go over to Ethiopia, and try telling someone there how difficult your life is.  You don’t even have to go that far.  Go to your local homeless shelter or soup kitchen and tell them how bad your life is, and how difficult live is for you.  Try telling someone who has just lost a loved one how difficult life is for you.

Listen, if you have a roof over your head, food in your stomach, and are breathing air…you have it better than millions of people.  What you have is a negative outlook, and your exalting your problems instead of your God.  I have a screen saver on my computer that reminds me every time I look at it that my God is bigger than my problems.  So, instead of talking about how big your problem is…start telling your problems how big your God is…and for the love of God stop confessing about how horrible it is.

Don’t you know that you have the power of life and death in the tongue, and when you speak out defeat that’s what you’re going to receive.  Yes, I do believe in the power of speaking things into existence.  You can speak life into your life, and you can speak a curse upon it…just by what you’re confessing.  So, along with taking time to watch what’s on your mind…you should also watch your mouth…remember the old adage if you don’t have anything good to say…don’t say anything at all…that’s a very good thing to remember the next time you go around talking about how great your problem is, and not about how great and mighty your God is.

You might be discouraged and even depressed and wonder what caused it. Yet if you will examine your thought life, you will find that you are feeding the negative emotions you are feeling. Negative thoughts are fuel for discouragement, depression, and many other unpleasant emotions. Battlefield of the Mind Devotional by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2005 by Joyce Meyer

This is one of the reasons that I love Joyce.  She’s blunt, and honest.  Negative thoughts are fuel for discouragement, depression, and the exaltation of your mess over your God.  May I also add that you can mix in pride too?  How so?  When you are so concerned about the bad, and exalting your problems…don’t you know that you’re making your problems into a god?  Don’t you know that by choosing to focus on all that’s bad will cause you to believe that things are so bad that even God can’t do anything about it…that, my friend…is pride…and idolatry.

We should choose our thoughts carefully. We can think about what is wrong with our lives or about what is right with them. We can think about what is wrong with all the people we are in relationship with or we can see the good and meditate on that. The Bible teaches us to always believe the best. When we do that, it makes our own lives happier and more peaceful.  Battlefield of the Mind Devotional by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2005 by Joyce Meyer

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had enough drama for my entire lifetime.  I have found something amazing about my relationship with God.  He has taken all the drama out of my life, and that’s wonderful.  My life is much, much more peaceful today than it ever was, and that’s mainly because I just don’t believe life’s as horrible as I used think it was…I have learned to believe the best.  I have learned to believe the best in people.  I’ve learned to challenge my thoughts, and when I’m tempted to exalt my mess above my God.

Conclusion & Prayer:

I’ve tried life both ways, and I’m much happier without all the drama and misery that I had before my relationship with the Lord.

Pray: Dear patient and loving God, I ask You to forgive me for focusing my thoughts on things that are not pleasing to You. I pray that You will help me fill my mind with thoughts that are clean and pure and uplifting. In Jesus’ name. Amen. Battlefield of the Mind Devotional by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2005 by Joyce Meyer