Power of the spirit…

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Proverbs 4 says, “Be careful what you think because your thoughts run your life.” Are your thoughts helping you or hurting you? Start thinking power thoughts, victory thoughts. You’re choosing which direction your life is going to go. Pay attention to what you’re dwelling on. Don’t just think any thought that comes to mind. If it’s negative, discouraging, fearful, don’t give it the time of day. Turn it around and dwell on what God says about you.

thinking, we can wire out toxic patterns of thinking and replace them with healthy thoughts.”

In essence, she says, science is proving free will and relationship between thoughts and reality.

Do not copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

-Romans 12:2

Changing the way you think changes your perspective which changes how you act in the world. Paul’s words aren’t new. “Change your mind” is the central theme of Jesus’ first sermon (Matt. 4:17).

Jesus challenged people to change their thinking because regardless how many times you read through the Bible, if your mind doesn’t change, you will simply impose your biases and labels on the words you read.

God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

-2 Tim. 1: 7.

Basic fear says “Hey fool, if you jump off that cliff you won’t make it. Get away from the cliff.” This type of fear is healthy and good.

But fear and distrust of life and people isn’t from God, yet it seems hard-wired into our minds. We’re afraid of being afraid. The Spirit always breathes love. Always.

Their joy and peace are infectious.

When I encounter someone like this, I leave wondering what awesome sauce they take and where I can buy a jar.

People who are different understand Philippians 4:8. They chose love. They chose to see the imago dei — God’s image — in everyone. They choose good, and ruthlessly eliminate negativity.

What you choose to see determines your reality. You have the power to change your reality by shifting your focus.

As someone thinks within himself, so he is.

-Proverbs 23:7

We are not victims of biology or circumstances. If you’ve chosen to believe otherwise, this verse sounds like hogwash. But again, science is proving what Scripture already says.

Dr. Leaf one more time:

“When you think, you build thoughts, and these become physical substances in your brain.”

You were created in the image of God, full of love and grace. What might happen if you started believing this?

There are many others verses in the Bible highlighting the power of our thoughts. But I hope you see the truth behind God’s timeless words. What you allow into your mind determines your reality and ultimately your legacy.

So, start capturing those thoughts.

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