Have you read this quote by Norman Vincent Peale “Change your thoughts and you change your world” and the variations of it by other people?
Is there truth in that statement? What does the Bible have to say about our thoughts?
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.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.
Our thoughts will determine our feelings, our words and our behaviour in positive or negative ways.
Do you have reoccurring negative memories or thoughts that you wish you could get out of your head? How do we stop this? What do we do?
Firstly, as we look at the scriptures above we need to choose whose methods we are going to use. God’s or the world’s? Secondly, God has already given us weapons to use: prayer, faith, hope, love, God’s word, and the Holy Spirit. Check out Ephesians 6:13-18. The Apostle Paul uses military language because we can feel like we are in a battle with our thoughts or memories. Thirdly, we need to put the word of God into practice.
I had the same questions and God clearly brought to my remembrance Philippians 4:8-9.
New habits take time to form. Don’t give up. Persevere. It is God’s word that will bring healing.
The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you–they are full of the Spirit and life.
Remember we have the Holy Spirit who is our Helper and our Comforter. We are not doing this in our own strength.
1 John 4:4
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Philippians 2: 13
Yes, it is God who is working in you. He helps you want to do what pleases him, and he gives you the power to do it.
Do you want to change your world? Renew your mind with the word of God. Search the scriptures for ones that are relevant to your particular situation. Put the word of God into practice and we are promised that the God of peace will be with us.