So many things in life are either expanded or contracted by the way we think. When you came into a relationship with Jesus, there were spiritual changes, but not everything was mystically and magically changed. If you were thinking a certain way the day you got saved, you were likely thinking the same way afterward, even if it was stinkin’ thinkin’. But God doesn’t want you to be dragged down by negative, self-defeating, discouraging thoughts. God wants us to change the way we think in many different areas
Romans 12:2 describes a way for you to change your thinking:
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.
Renewing your mind is the key. When you are facing a Goliath-sized problem in your life, do you shrink back and worry that you cannot face it or assume it will defeat you? Or do you renew your mind like David did in the Old Testament? David’s thought process affected how he approach Goliath, who was terrorizing everyone else. While others backed off and lived in fear because of how big Goliath was, David’s approach was essentially “The giant is so big, there is no way I can miss.”
Things change when we change our thinking. Take the recognize-reject-replace approach, as described below:
- Recognize negative mindsets
- Reject the negative mindset
- Replace with the way that God thinks
When you replace your negative thoughts with God’s thoughts about you and your future, you are renewing your mind in a productive and uplifting way. You can do it!
Here are five Don’ts that will help you change your stinkin’ thinkin’:
- Don’t dwell on past failures. Renew your mind to live in today’s victories.
Don’t let past failures determine your future. Renew your mind. There is favor from God available for you today.
- Don’t be discouraged by your weaknesses. Renew your mind to God’s power.
Will power is not enough. Human effort is never enough. Thank God that we don’t have to rely on ourselves. We have the power of the Holy Spirit to strengthen us beyond our natural abilities.
For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. — Phil 4:13 (NLT)
- Don’t focus on the negative. Renew your mind to the positive.
If you focus on the negative, it will spread to other areas of life. Lift it up to the Lord. You don’t have to deny it. Don’t be anxious about it. Pray about it.
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. — Phil. 4:8 (NLT)
- Don’t be a victim. Renew your mind to take action.
Feelings follow thoughts. It’s a lot easier to act your way into a feeling than to feel your way into an action. You may not feel like changing, but if you take action, your feelings will follow.
- Don’t take your queues from culture.
Don’t do what’s going on around you. Renew your mind based on love, peace, joy, success and victory.
When try to change in your own power, it’s like going against the wind. But when you tap into God’s power, you go with the flow with the wind at your back. You can do so much more than what stinkin’ thinkin’ would allow you to do.