A mark of spiritual maturity is the ability to examine our thoughts to determine whether they are worthy, healthy, and God honoring. By allowing God to govern our thoughts we are more able to balance things in our life and find much-needed rest. This about this, if we allow the enemy to consume our mental activity it poisons our desires and robs us of joy, we can become exhausted, frustrated and ill not only physical but also spiritual. This looks like so many monkeys jumping on a bed that can’t be controled, they just run wild and do as they please. We need to examine the thoughts we have. What were they and how did they affect you? How much time did you spend comparing yourself to someone else, feeling sorry for yourself or wishing your life could be better? Do you worry about tomorrow? Do you engage in gossip that is destructive and consumes your mind? We must choose the voice we listen to. We must carefully decide even when we see or hear something, we must focus on the message it is trying to send into our mind and into our heart. It is important to take rest when you find yourself overloaded mentally with thoughts that should be thrown in the trash. How do we focus on the good and not listen to the bad? Find rest and peace with God. We should turn every thought and every seed that is put into us over to His power and strength. I look at most thoughts as either weeds or fruit giving life. How do I know if my life has been fertilized by weeds? I feel down, depressed, anxiety, and I question my faith in God. I also question those who God has put over me or feel angry toward them and others. I know I have a short fuse, grumpy and I can’t sleep. How do I know I have been fertilized by positive thoughts or word seeds? I feel good about myself, can be productive throughout the day, my attitude is happy and people want to be around me. I feel rested and energized, eager to work for the Kingdom.
A very key issue in life is what you think
. You are what you think. We have to capture the monkeys jumping around in our mind that we give a place to live and submit them to the Word of God.How we think determines our success in the Christian life. Many people say, “You are what you eat.” No, you’re more than that. Food affects you a lot, but the main thing that controls you is your attitude.
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.