Guard My Thoughts

 
See Proverbs 4:23; Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV). Whether we like it or not, what we think influences what we do. Beneath the emotions we want to improve and the behavior we want to correct is a pattern of thinking that needs to change.

Resolution #1: This year, I will guard my thoughts carefully knowing they influence my attitudes and actions.

 
If you want your life to dramatically change — to get out of a rut of destructive emotions or bad habits — it all begins with what goes into your mind.
 
See Philippians 4:8. This verse challenges us to consider the quality of our thoughts and take into account its character and realize its potential influence in your life.
 
This verse reminds us to get your thoughts right and the emotions, behaviors, and consequences of peace will follow. See Philippians 4:7.
 
Guard your thoughts about God. What are your thoughts when you think about God? Psalm 139 is a good place to start. What you think about God will certainly impact how you choose to believe and live for Him.
 
Guard your thoughts about yourself. It seems unspiritual to think about yourself at all, doesn’t it? But unless you understand something about yourself, you can’t really understand God’s love for you. You need to understand just how much you need his mercy, and you need to understand just how much of it he has given (Zephaniah 3:17).
 
Guard your thoughts about others. How does God look at people? See 1 Samuel 16:7. What do you think would happen to your relationships at home, work, school, community if you began to see people as God sees them?
 
Guard your thoughts about life. Life isn’t about acquiring, impression, using, hoarding or exploiting. It’s about discovering God’s purpose and plan. It’s about taking up your cross and following Jesus (Luke 9:23-25). You lose your life (as the world would define it) in the process but you gain the abundant life Christ promised.

Guard your thoughts about the future. Can you imagine living life without fear and anxiety, without worry about what tomorrow will bring? You can live that way if you believe what God has promised in Jeremiah 29:11; Matt 6:33. You have a promise that God is in control of today and tomorrow. This doesn’t mean your life will be problem-free, but it does mean that you don’t have to worry about whether those problems will overthrow God’s purpose for you.
 
Guard your thoughts about the past. For a lot of people, their past has hijacked their future. They have a hard time letting their mistakes, sins, and failures go. Paul encourages us to forget what lies behind and reach forward to what lies ahead — press on toward the goal (Phil. 3:13-14).
 
Guard your thoughts about challenges. Too often, we let adversity get us down, turn us into a victim, and make us angry at God. We have plenty of unhealthy ways to address the challenges of our lives. See James 1:2-4. That’s a very different way to think about our challenges. But if we let this passage guide us as we face a challenge, our emotions, behaviors, and consequences will look much different than if our minds follow their natural, unhealthy course.
 
This new, resolved way of thinking won’t happen overnight. It’s taken several years to develop your current thinking habits. But in the same way that you developed those unhealthy thought patterns (overtime and with consistency) that’s how your new thinking habits will occur.
 
Start each day with Scripture, focus on what is feeding your thought life, pay attention to your thoughts. What we think will determine the course of our life this year.
 

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