Thinking Better

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I am an advocate of mental health. This is the reason why I have this blog. I would like to share good and positive stories to remind everyone that they are not alone in their struggles and there is hope and healing especially in times like this. A crisis can bring out the worst or the best in people and it all depends on how they perceive their situation.

One of my go-to web sites whenever I would like to find inspiration and also for my faith to be renewed and refreshed is the AmazingFacts.Org. I would visit this site and read, watch and listen when my faith needs a little bit of boosting. And then I will take down notes. I thought of sharing with you these notes from my readings.

Better thinking starts with letting God control our minds. It does not happen overnight, so we need to ask and believe. The Holy Spirit is willing to work wonders in our thinking. “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.” (Romans 8:5 NKJV) Tell God we would like to think like Him, and that we deserve the mind of Christ. We see a demonstration of God’s thoughts in His two great books – the Bible and Creation. When you spend time in nature, you will echo His thoughts. And commit to prayer and Bible study. Just as popular culture can infect our thinking with all kinds of empty, carnal thoughts, so the Bible can infuse our thinking with Holy and Spiritual thoughts.

You are what you study. Every believer should dedicate quality time each day to prayer and Bible study. Establish a library of good inspirational books to read and find audio materials to listen as you drive. Good study is one of the most practical things you can do to change your thinking. Real truth requires real thinking.

Thinking usually just happens, like an anchorless ship that goes wherever the wind blows. We can train our minds to think well in just about every circumstance. We need to have sharp minds ready to overcome all the devil’s challenges.

Someday you and I will answer to God for what we choose to think. Even if we can fool others with our “righteous” actions and somehow entertain sin only in our minds, enjoying the pleasures of those forbidden escapades only within our imaginations, God still sees it. He knows our hearts.

While most people let their thoughts flood aimlessly through their minds and out into a sea of oblivion, under the influence and control of the Holy Spirit, a great deal of good can be accomplished by how we use our thoughts.

We can choose what to keep in our brains. Jesus taught that we can commit perjury, murder, and adultery in the mind. According to Jesus (Matthew 15:18-20) sin always begins in the mind. That is why we cannot be indifferent about what we think.

If we quickly decide to reject the evil thoughts and evict them from our mind, then we have not sinned. But when we deliberately choose to dwell on the evil thought and to embrace it, it becomes a sin.

Part of controlling the mind is controlling the inputs. What we take into our minds affects what we think. We should be careful about what we choose to watch and hear.

We console ourselves that we would never consider murder, adultery, stealing or lying, yet many deliberately choose to do these forbidden behaviours vicariously by beholding entertainment with these acts. That is a startling contradiction.

It is truly important what you think about. Not a single atom of your body is going to make it to heaven, not even your brain matter. What is going to go are your thoughts, your character which will be downloaded into a new body.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy- meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. – Philippians 4:8, 9 nkjv

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