Jesus said in Mark 11:22-25…
And Jesus answered them, Have faith in God. 23 Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, Be taken up and thrown into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
So, if we believe and not doubt – standing in faith that we already have what we’ve asked for – we have the assurance that the answer to our request will be yes and amen!
But here’s the deal: once you’re born-again, you’re spirit is perfected once and forever. You will NEVER be any better, spiritually, than you become when you first accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. However, we must renew our mind to align with our spiritual reality (Romans 12:2). This is both essential and critical because, as your mind goes, so goes your body.
Proverbs 6:2?2 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.
The origins of a thought…
When a thought occurs, we need to bring it into captivity and to the obedience of Jesus Christ:
2 Corinthians 10:2 – For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
That means EVERY thought – good and bad! This will help discipline your thought life by keeping your mind aligned with your born-again spirit. Align every thought that crops up in your mind with the Word of God!
We also need to test the spirit behind the thought to see if it was from God
1 John 4:1 – Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
This is why your prayer life is essential to a successful Christian walk. When you take time to align every thought with the Word of God and submit your thoughts to God in prayer, you learn to discern between good thoughts and evil ones!
Not every thought is from God! The notion to sin in the Garden of Eden was a thought planted by satan. When Nimrod set out to build the tower of Babel, that certainly wasn’t a thought from God. When Abraham and Sarah set out to accelerate God’s promise, that wasn’t a thought from God. And when Judas thought to betray Jesus, that was not a God thought.
Here’s a litmus test for your thoughts: if the thought lacks creative power and/or compassion, it ain’t from God! Remember, satan cannot create anything; he can only pervert and distort!
One more thing, God knows your heart and mind…the devil only knows what you tell him. In the Garden, the devil did not know which tree Adam and Eve could not eat from; he had to con the information out of Eve!
Everything begins with a thought…
One thing we need to clearly understand is that EVERYTHING in the natural begins in the spiritual. Here’s an example: before a building is built, it is first conceived in the mind. Once conceived in the mind, it is ushered into the natural with a spoken word. Once the word is given, plans are executed and resources are brought to bear to bring the building into existence.
Every thought is a brick in a potential stronghold. We talked about this before – you have to take a thought captive before it takes you captive!
Every thought that you speak, you take ownership of. For example, if you confess sickness over yourself, you’re claiming that sickness as your possession. Therefore we should not take (speak) any thought that we are not willing to own!
Matthew 6:31? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
In other words, what thought you speak is the thought you take!
Negative thoughts have lasting legacies…
You have to be mindful of every thought, because once you speak it, it takes on a life of its own.
Genesis 16:1-5 – ?Now Sarai Abram’s wife bare him no children:and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the Lord hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai. And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.?And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes. And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the Lord judge between me and thee.
Abraham and Sarai (Sarah) had received a promise from God but decided that He needed “help” to bring it to pass. Their plan began with a thought…which led to a word…which led to Ishmael…who was the father of the Arabic nation…which was consumed by Islam…which led to centuries of problems for Israel and her inhabitants. Your thoughts and words can birth many lifetimes of pain!
Galatians 3:8 tells us that God preached the Gospel to Abraham before we received it. Therefore, he should have known better! When you know what God has to say about you – and because He’s greater (and smarter) than you – you need to hinge everything on what He said rather than what you perceive in your circumstances!
What you say in your heart (to yourself) is important…
It’s important to understand that God knows the hearts of men. He knows every thought before you think it and every word before you speak it! Now, because of Jesus, God is not judging you for your thoughts, but an un-arrested thought will lead to negative speech, which will invite the devil into your circumstances! My grandmother used to say, “…the idle mind is the devil’s playground.”
Anytime the devil tries to convince you God isn’t real, consider the following scripture:
Psalms 14:1?The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
And when you think about who and what you are, as you contemplate your righteousness in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21):
Proverbs 23:7? – For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; ?but his heart is not with thee.
This thought thing is so powerful – it is THE thing that cause Lucifer to rebel in pride and be condemned by God.
Isaiah 14:13-14 – ?For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
Indeed, if you scratch the surface of most sin, you will find a layer of pride! If you don’t deal with pride by the renewing of your mind, I can promise you, it will come back to deal with you!
It begins with the heart…
You will only manifest that which is already in you! This is why you must diligently guard your heart. You have to watch what you read. You have to screen what you watch. You have to censor what you read.
Matthew 12:34-35? – O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
Your treasure is where your heart is, and the heart is the vessel for your treasure. If God esteems His Word above His name (Psalm 138:2), we need to be faithful to esteem it above everything we deem to be right in our own mind!
Psalms 119:11?11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart,?that I might not sin against thee.
Did you catch that? Meditating on God’s Word will cause it to be hidden (abiding) in us – and when we are hidden in Jesus and His Word is hidden in us, we become righteousness-conscious and not sin-conscious. This reduces our propensity to sin. Just like squeezing an orange will produce orange juice, we need to put God’s Word in our hearts to ensure what comes out of us is good.
If you focus on foolish things, eventually you will lose your focus on righteousness. Once this happens, you will run headlong into sin.
Proverbs 24:9?9 The thought of foolishness is sin:? and the scorner is an abomination to men
Stand…On the promises!
When we learn to stand on what God’s Word says instead of trusting on our senses – and the flawed information we get from them – we begin to see the supernatural manifest in our lives. The Bible says God will withhold no good thing from those who walk uprightly before Him (Psalm 85:11). And since you are in Christ and have his righteousness imputed to you, all the promises of God should become your expectation, not the exception.
2 Corinthians 1:20 For as many as are the promises of God, they all find their Yes in Him [Christ]. For this reason we also utter the Amen (so be it) to God through Him [in His Person and by His agency] to the glory of God.
Your confession is your profession…
In software engineering, we have a development term common to the development of user interfaces: What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG). But in the Kingdom, that term is What You Say Is What You Get!
Romans 10:8-10 – ?But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Confessing Jesus is essential to your salvation. Indeed, the Bible also tells us we overcome not only by the Blood of Jesus, but by the word of our testimony (Revelation 12:11). There can be no testimony without evidence or witness to an event. That said, the Word of God – when believed and trusted – produces supernatural manifestation, from which our testimony emerges.
Bottom line: Watch your thoughts, they become your words. Watch your words, they become your actions. Watch your actions, they become your habits. Watch your habits, they become your character. Watch your character; it manifests your destiny!
Acts 2:26 – ?Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:
A joyous heart will produce glad speech, which will produce a sound mind, which will produce a whole body, even the Body of Christ.
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