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Focusing and Choosing

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“This is the day which the LORD hath made: we will rejoice and be glad in it.”(Psalm 118:24 NKJV)

Our mind and its functioning ability is one of God’s most fascinating creations. It supersedes any computer ever designed by man. It’s even more astonishing that He permitted us, mankind, to be in control of what we allow to enter and leave its database. We are the only creation to which God gave the ability to make choices regarding the right and wrong of the things we do and don’t do.

God incorporated into our being an element with a negative and positive capability called our attitude. Every day our life is governed by the thoughts we allow to enter and control our minds. These thoughts trigger our emotions and give character to our behavior.

Satan knew that a human’s thought pattern was one of the most vulnerable places he could attack. When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, they opened the door to the struggle between good and evil. The problem began in Eve’s thinking: she entertained the lie that Satan fed her. Next thing she knew, she was agreeing with Satan—that surely God didn’t mean they would die from eating the forbidden fruit.

As long as we live on this earth there will be a battle between the negative and positive. God desires the best and asks that our minds remain on the positive. Satan, on the other hand, is interested in seeing that our lives are destroyed by all the negative aspects he can introduce into them.

When we entertain positive thoughts, our actions are motivated toward things that make our day happier and more productive. Even if we are confronted with difficult situations, our decision to think positively will let us come to the close of our day with a feeling of confidence that God has everything in control. He desires for us to succeed and take authority over the negative. When we allow our mind to focus on negative thoughts, we set ourselves up for a miserable day.

Our attitude is the key factor in the choices we make. There will always be outside forces that try to push us toward the negative line of thinking. It’s easy to give in to the negative thought pattern because we are born with a sinful nature. We must ask Jesus to come into our hearts so that we have Him with us daily to help overcome our sinful human nature. He will be there to give us the power we need to take control over the negative thoughts and allow the positive choices that allows our lives full and complete in spite of the problems that arise daily. We must consciously fight to be able to declare, as in the Scripture verse above, that “this is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

We personally decide the think on the thoughts that we entertain. No one else has the power to force any thought pattern upon us. We must learn to take responsibility for the things we think about. Negative thoughts are birthed by Satan. We need to stay as far away for him as possible. His ultimate goal is to negate all that God has planned for us.

The words we speak come from the thoughts we think. Really, out words tell on us in many ways. Words of hope and life cannot come from the dark, negative thoughts we think. God places a high value on what we speak. We should do no less.

Taking control over the thoughts we think and the words we speak isn’t going to be easy, but it’s worth every effort we make. In order to make the changes we need to means we must take time to read God’s Word, so that it is hidden in our heart and alive in our mind. His Word will empower us to put up a shield against the negative thoughts that Satan tosses our way. It is positive thoughts that the Holy Spirit births for us to dwell upon. He prompts us to speak the words that will make a difference in our life and the lives of those around us.

We can biblically come to the conclusion that thinking and speaking positively is an instruction given to us by God through His Holy Word.


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