Improving Our Thought Patterns

A Word From Dr. Stanley: September 2016

The control tower of life is the mind. What we think not only directs what we do but also determines how we perceive God, others, ourselves, and circumstances. We can’t control people or most situations, but led by the Holy Spirit, we have the power to choose what to think and how to respond. Since our thoughts play such a big role, it’s important that we guard what comes into our mind.

While no one but the Lord can read our thoughts, they are often revealed in our facial expression and actions—and ultimately in our destiny. It’s a simple matter of sowing and reaping: We sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap character; sow character, reap a destiny.

As Christians, we want all aspects of our life to reflect Christ and the eternity in heaven awaiting us. That’s why the Bible says, “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth” (Col. 3:2). And the only way we’re able to know heavenly things is through Scripture. So the more we store God’s Word in our heart, the more His Spirit will bring verses to mind—offering wisdom, protection, and guidance in every situation.

When Jesus comes into our life, we can’t simply add Him to our former way of thinking. It’s time to put away the things that no longer fit our identity in Christ—and this includes old thought patterns. Let’s fill our minds with His thoughts so we can live in a fashion that’s pleasing and honoring to Him.


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2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.

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