Training our minds
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Faith cannot grow in an atmosphere of doubt. Doubt is a result of our own thinking.
Mark 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things [are] possible to him that believeth.
Hebrews 6 ( This whole chapter is good to refer to. Here are are few scriptures. ) Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.And this will we do, if God permit.
God cannot help those who refuse to be helped. Do you have something in your life that is challenging? God is saying, “give it to me, let me have it and make it happen.”
If our own thinking is, “By the will God I believe this can happen,” then you leave room for God to work.
Train your mind to leave room for God.
Genesis 6: 5-6 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man [was] great in the earth, and [that] every imagination of the thoughts of his heart [was] only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
It is important to listen to the Holy Spirit. Don’t take the voice of God for granted, or you might find yourself unable to reach God. When you don’t listen to the voice of God you might find yourself in a situation worse than if you had listened to him when he was trying to help you.
The way we think reflects on how we act.
Sin will take you farther than you want to go.
Sin will deceive you and will leave you in a state of “moral bankruptcy.”
Luke 15:11-32 The story of the Prodigal’s Son
A wicked desire leads us to the “hog pin.” The world will take everything from us and desert us when we have nothing else to offer.
Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Romans 1: 31-32 Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
A mental act can be just as bad as a physical act.
We need to be cautious of what we allow our minds to think about, because the devil plants evil thoughts.
Don’t try and justify what you know is sin.
Another important thing to help us be mindful is to be mindful of our days.
Don’t make everything that comes your way negative. Try to see the positive in every situation. If your focus all day is negative, then you will most likely have a negative day.
We need to remember to always look for things to be thankful for.
These are great examples of how to train our minds.
We cannot afford to miss our devotions, meditations, and prayers with God. When we do this it is like we are missing a meal, which then is not healthy for our minds or body.
Guide to good thinking:
1.Pray for the little things, and acknowledge God for the things he has already done for us.
2.Pray about the big things and acknowledge God for those he has already done.
3.Pray and acknowledge God for direction he gives us.
4.Pray even if you don’t feel like it
5.Praise God when you don’t feel like it