Someone has said, ‘We are not what we think we are. What we think – we are.’ In other words, the thoughts we allow ourselves to think, reveals who we are. In addition, the thoughts we allow ourselves to think, determines who we are. The Bible says – “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…” (Pr 23:7)
Though we may be able to deceive those around us, what we think reveals who we really are. 1 John 3:15 says, “Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer…” Matthew 5:28 tells us, “…whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” Jesus preached to the people, “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.” (Matthew 15:19) The prophet Jeremiah wrote, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)
The first thing we need to admit to ourselves is that what we think – reveals who we are. Secondly, what we think – determines who we are. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, ‘Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.’ Notice that the destiny we reap begins with the thoughts we allow ourselves to think.
On our own, none of us can control the way we think. As Jeremiah wrote, our heart is deceitful and desperately wicked. It’s full of sinful corruption and the only thing that can change it is the Word of God. The first resolution every believer needs to make and keep is that they are going to faithfully fill their mind with the truth of God’s Word.
Paul writes in Romans 12:2 ‘Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.’
A good way to change the way we think is to memorize scripture. Let me encourage you to choose a portion of scripture and begin today trying to memorize it. A helpful way to do this is to write it out on an index card and then carry that card with you so that you may read over it several times a day. As you keep reviewing it over and over again, it will begin to become a part of your thinking.
Here are some suggested verses to memorize –
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.