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Before we proceed to our discussion about the sources of our thoughts, I would like to give you a little bit background about our ministry. We are about redemption, restoration, reformation, and so on… We are committed to the redemption of our soul, restoration of our body, and renewal of our mind.
As you already know, claiming our redemption is almost instant. It doesn’t take lots of efforts from our side. As indicated in Romans 10: 10, we just need to believe in our heart and confess with our mouth that Jesus is our Lord and Savior.
However, when it comes to renewing our mind or restoring our body into holistic health, it takes time, consistent effort, and discipline from our side. Let me give you an example. If you want to enjoy a holistic health, you need to understand some truths about your body and what it takes to have a healthy and energetic body. On top of praying, fasting, and interceding, you need to eat healthy foods, exercise regularly, take appropriate rest, and adequate sleep, and so on. I cannot further detail what I mean here in this edition; we will definitely cover this topic in the future.
In this edition of Restorers Connector, we focus on our mind. The Bible says that we have the Mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2: 16). That means having the Mind of Christ is our birthright. But we need to claim it, most importantly, posses the Mind of Christ, and manifest the results outwardly. However, for now, we don’t discuss details about renewing our mind. Today, we just cover the source of our thoughts. Knowing who is firing thoughts into our mind is very important as we renew our mind.Just for the sake of conversation. Let me ask you this. Is our mind and brain one and the same? There are two schools of thoughts. There are those who think that the mind is a function of the brain, and therefore, our mind is the creation of our brain. On the other hand, there are those who believe that the mind and the brain are two different parts of our being. They think that our mind is infinite and limitless while our brain is local. With which school of thought do you agree?
I agree with the second school of thought. I don’t think that our mind is the extension of our brain. I am convinced that our mind is boundarless and universal while our brain, as important as it is, local and physical. But I don’t deny that both of our conscious and unconscious minds interact and work with our brain very closely.
Whether the mind is different than our brain or not, you and me may agree that our mind is the place where we entertain thoughts- both positive and productive, and negative and counter productive. Whatever we think in our mind that is who we have become. We cannot outgrow our thoughts. That is why the Bible says, as a man thinks so is he (Proverbs 23: 7). What are your dominant thoughts?
Whatever we think in our mind that is what manifests within, and outwardly. It affects our mood, emotion, and health. It also affects our environment, relationships, and work performance. It is a straight forward principle. We all know the simple Cause-Effect law. What we think in our mind is the cause and both the inward and outward manifestations are the effects and the outcomes. If we don’t like what is manifesting, we should go back and change the Cause. We cannot manipulate and change the Outcomes. That is why we need to know on how to handle thoughts in our mind, and the first step to do that is to know the potential sources of our thoughts.
As you might have already known, thousands of thoughts are entertained in our mind per day. Therefore, let me ask you, who is (are) the author (s) of these thoughts? As we renew our mind one day at a time, we need to address this question. It brings lots of relief and leads to a smart way of deciding which thoughts to nurture in our mind, and which ones to deny the fertile ground and disown.
I have a theory about who fires thoughts into our mind. There are times were I consciously fire some thoughts, feed, and entertain. However, there are times some thoughts show up in my mind without my conscious awareness, some of them even surprise and shock me. Here is how I determine the sources of these thoughts. If a thought is above my pay grade, I know that it is from Above. It aligns with what the Bible says and reflects the nature of God. If a thought doesn’t align with the Bible and God’s nature, I am sure that it is from the evil one and his cohort.
Identifying who is firing thoughts into our mind is very important. For many years, I condemned myself for some thoughts that should never showed up in my mind. I thought it was my obligation to entertain as many thoughts that cross my mind as possible without any discrimination. However, finally, I came to categorize thoughts according to their sources, and started to determine whether I should entertain and further feed them or not. Now, I don’t blame myself if a thought shows up in my mind that doesn’t agree with the Bible, with God’s and my own nature. I have learned ways to starve, and finally disown negative thoughts.
Well, we may not agree on the sources of those thousands of thoughts that are fired into our mind every day. We may not also worry about the majority of these thoughts that don’t force us to feed, entertain, and give them life. However, we may agree that we have control whether to feed, entertain, and give life to these thoughts or not. It is up to you and me to decide whether these negative and counter productive thoughts should survive and flourish or not. We have the ability to stop entertaining negative thoughts.
My friend, you are a god to a thought that crosses your mind.You can own, feed, and entertain it or starve and kill it. Do the former to those thoughts that come from God and those that align with your belief-system and core values, and ignore and abandon those thoughts that are counter productive and unhealthy. It is up to you. Don’t condemn, as I used to do, when thoughts that don’t align with who you truly are and those that are from the evil one cross your mind. Don’t pressurize yourself as if you should entertain every thought that crosses your mind’s air space. Hope, this helps.
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