The following is the second letter in an series of “open letters” to my children. They represent the lessons I’ve learned in life that are most dear to my heart and are inspired by the last words my father wrote to me before he died. To start with Letter #1…CLICK HERE!
My father passed away unexpectedly in 2008. He was not a wealthy man and as a result, the possessions he left behind didn’t consist of much. I inherited a small life insurance policy (which barely covered his burial expenses), a coin collection, and a few other small items around his house that I decided to keep as reminders of him. However, none of those things meant more to me than the words he wrote on the back of his life insurance policy file. It was only a short paragraph that he wrote to my sister and me, but it meant so much more because at that moment I was never able to speak to my father again. I would never hear his voice again. But those words gave me the ability to hear his voice one last time. They essentially became the last words my father ever spoke to me.
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“Mind is the Master power that moulds and makes,
And Man is Mind, and evermore he takes
The tool of Thought, and, shaping what he wills,
Brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills:
He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass:
Environment is but his looking glass.”
As a Man Thinketh, by James Allen
I believe that most of us have drastically underestimated the power of our thought life. We have failed to realize the power that was given to us by our Creator. He gave us a mind, and he endowed that mind with great power. We have been made in the image of God and one of the divine attributes is the ability to mold and shape our lives by the thoughts we think. All great and terrible things created by men on this earth began with a simple thought. Do you want to have a better life? Think better thoughts. Think thoughts that are powerful and strong and courageous. Think thoughts of faith and belief. God has much to say on the subject in His word. Here are just a few verses to consider…
Romans 12:2 states that we are to “be transformed by the renewing of our mind”
Proverbs 23:7 states that “as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he”
Hebrews 11:15 is one of my favorite verses that gives direct proof that thought creates opportunity. It states…”And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return”
Philippians 3:13 states “….but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Mathew8:13—Our Lord states… “Go; it shall be done for you as you have believed”
Most recently I have realized even more than ever that the predominant attack of Satan in our life is an attack against our minds. He wants us to buy into the philosophies of this world and its system. He wants us to think small! He wants us to think thoughts of fear and doubt. Here are 5 lessons that Satan is currently teaching. They deal with belief systems and our thinking!! This is just a short list of the first 5 that came to my mind!
1. Debt is o.k. —The god of this world is teaching that it is not realistic to live a debt free life in our culture. God does not issue commands arbitrarily. The reason he calls us to a debt free life is because debt is slavery. Man cannot serve two masters. The sooner one comes to the realization of this, the better.2. A little bit of lust is acceptable—the god of this world is teaching us, and men especially, that there is a level of sexual immorality that is “acceptable” for our culture. The word clearly states that there is not to be even a hint of sexual immorality among us. Ephesians 5:3
3. Lack is a sign of spirituality—the god of this world is teaching Christians that to have less than enough is a sign of being more spiritual. He is teaching that poverty and lack equates to a more devout walk with God.
4. Wealth and possessions are evil –The god of this world is teaching Christians that they are less spiritual if they have material wealth and possessions. He is teaching that God does not desire to prosper His people. God has really been working on me personally in this area. This belief system leads us to not enjoy what God has given to us. How would you feel if your son or daughter felt guilty about the gifts you gave them? Would you give them more?
5. You can figure it out – The god of this world is teaching that you can figure the different areas of your life out on your own, without counsel. God says very differently. If you want victory in an area of your life…get counsel in that area! If you want to break out of debt and have more than enough you should see a good Christian financial counselor. Do you want to achieve physical fitness? Hire a trainer. Do you want a better marriage? Go see a marriage counselor. Do you want to grow your business? Hire a coach or consultant. Hosea 4:6 states… “My people perish for lack of knowledge” and Proverbs 11:14 states… “Where there is no guidance the people fall, but in abundance of counselors there is victory”
The key to living a more abundant life and becoming more Christ-like is found in the pursuit of wisdom and changing our thinking. The Word is clear on this! Do not underestimate the power of your thoughts. The circumstances you find yourself in today are the results of the thoughts you were thinking yesterday! Change your thoughts and change your life!!! Consider a few of these great quotes from one of my favorite books on the power of thought… “As a Man Thinketh” by James Allen…
“Man is a growth by law, and not a creation by artifice, and cause and effect is as absolute and undeviating in the hidden realm of thought as in the world of visible and material things”
“The vision that you glorify in your mind, the Ideal that you enthrone in your heart—this you will build your life by, this you will become.”
“To put away aimlessness and weakness, and to begin to think with purpose, is to enter the ranks of those strong ones who only recognize failure as one of the pathways to attainment; who make all conditions serve them, and who think strongly, attempt fearlessly, and accomplish masterfully. Having conceived of his purpose, a man should mentally mark out a straight pathway to its achievement, looking neither to the right nor the left. Doubts and fears should be rigorously excluded; they are disintegrating elements which break up the straight line of effort, rendering it crooked, ineffectual, useless. Thoughts of doubt and fear never accomplished anything, and never can. They always lead to failure. Purpose, energy, power to do, and all strong thoughts cease when doubt and fear creep in”
So…how do we think powerful thoughts? Pour them in! Pour Gods Word in! Pour books in! Pour podcasts in! We must be continually pouring Gods principles and teaching into our hearts. Pour, Pour, Pour!! You will reap what you sow. If you sow no wisdom in, you will live a life of poverty, doubt, and fear. Sow powerful thoughts into your mind and you will live a powerful life. This is a spiritual law!
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