If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never again think negative thoughts.
Doing some research and found of interest the number of times the word “mind” is found in the KJV version of the Bible. It occurs 95 times in 92 verses – of these 56 times in 54 verses starting with Matt 22:37 and ending with Rev 17:13.
Our mind is our thoughts’ home, just as we are our Spirit’s home.
Throughout there is reference to the state of our mind as well as query as to whose mind a person is in line with when they perform different acts. Today we hear phrases like the following:
- out of your mind
- in your right mind
- our minds are divided
- of one mind
- double minded
The mind is where we give birth to our thoughts. As one with an unshakable belief in the power of words and that what is visible and happening around us is as a result of these thoughts we hold, I cannot stress enough that if we want to make any changes we have to begin with what is in our minds.
Our thoughts are seeds in the mind that germinate, forming our words and ultimately our reality.
Words spoken or written have the ability to add to or take away. They can change our minds about what we think of a person, place, thing, idea, etc. We can hurt people with our words. They might end up thinking badly about themselves because of something we say to them. Cruel and cutting words perform “character assassination.”
Think about that word “assassination.” It’s murder, and when someone commits a physical murder in this world they go to prison. When we assassinate a person’s character, the person we attack is the one who ends up in the “prison” that our words have built for them.
There’s an old quote I’ve never forgotten:
“As a man thinketh so he is.”
It’s used a
lot in self-help literature, in success seminars and books about success. But, we really ought to considerate it more seriously when thinking about any aspect of our life.
For instance if someone comes to us for advice, and you have the ability to change how someone thinks about something of importance to them, we need to be just as careful about the words we speak to them.
I used to be so quick to judge, often wrongly. It is important when speaking with someone to look at them, see them – their face, their eyes, their facial expression, their body language. I often tended to interpret things based on how I was feeling in that moment. I wouldn’t hear every word because I’d subconsciously already made up my mind about the intent of what they were saying and was busy rehearsing my response.
We shouldn’t have to consider whether or not we’ll respond to someone with truth or a lie. If someone asks me a question and I think they won’t like what I have to say, I’ll consider lying. Hey ~ don’t judge, I’m being truthful. What would you do if your answer would hurt someone?
The Lord as a Barometer to Weigh Our Words
Can we safely and realistically use the Lord as our barometer before we speak. Can we weigh them against the mind of Creator who created all? How would we do this? To simply ask ourselves, “Would Creator, as our loving Father, speak like this to any of His children?” If we can ask that question and be satisfied He would, then I would have no hesitation saying what came to mind in response to the person’s question.
I believe it is a good thing if we keep in mind the following as we hold thoughts about ourselves or others and as we speak to, with or about others:
- the Father loves all of us; and
- are these words we can imagine the Father speaking?
When We Use Our Mind for Good
As a writer I know that when I write, inspired by a single word and end up with a story, a blog or an article, that it is the Mind of Creator (or Spirit) who has formed those words. Have you ever written anything, gone back at a later time to read it and thought, “Where did that come from?” As I am writing a blog, for instance, my fingers hit the keyboard prompted by a single thought or idea. Then the words just pour out onto the page, and at the end of it all I cannot tell you what I just wrote.
It’s much the same thing when you get an idea in your head, seemingly out of nowhere. I’ve often received inspiring ideas sitting in line at a traffic stop. Just looking around me, seeing something or someone, and then an idea of a story comes to mind. I’ve learned from experience that I need to immediately make a note of that idea and the general thoughts behind it, because I will forget it. It is the same thing when I meditate or even am doing my yoga or exercises. My eye will catch something in the room, or I will hear words of a song, and an idea comes to mind. I have to immediately make a note or it is gone forever.
Bible Speaks About the “Mind”
Repeatedly I see Scripture where the person speaking says that whatever s/he has
spoken it was not from their mind that these words of wisdom came:
Num 16:28 “And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that the LORD hath sent me to do all these works; for [I have] not [done them] of mine own mind.”
Num 24:13 “If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the commandment of the LORD, to do [either] good or bad of mine own mind; [but] what the LORD saith, that will I speak?”
Prov 23:7 As a man thinketh in his heart so he is ….
Prov 29:11 “A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.”
Isa 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Matt 22:37 “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
Mark 5:15 “And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.”
Mark 12:30 “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”
Luke 8:35 “Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.”
Luke 12:29 “And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.”
Romans 8:27 “And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”
Romans 15:6 “That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Eph 2:3 “Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.”
Col 3:12 “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;”
James 1:8 “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”
James 4:8 “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.