Pastor's Corner

28 Apr
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Mid-Week Challenge

Someone once said, “Sow a thought, reap a deed. Sow a deed, reap a habit. Sow a habit, reap a character. Sow a character, reap a destiny.” It is true that before you can do a thing you have to think it. Your thoughts lead to attitudes; attitudes lead to actions; actions lead to those achievements. It all begins with the thought life. Your achievements will be the sum total of your thoughts. 

Pastor Adrian Rogers once wrote, “In the Old Testament the word “heart” is used more than 800 times, but more than 200 times it deals with one's thought life, emotions, the wellsprings of life, those things that motivate and mold us. The Bible calls that the heart. I’m calling it the thought life.”   Oh so true!! The thought life of individuals becomes the actions of a community.  Those combined “thoughts” can lead to great and positive things, or to destruction.  We see many examples of this playing out in the Bible.  It is a fundamental truth; so much so that God destroyed an entire civilization because they had “heart trouble.” Genesis 6:5 tells us, “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was evil continually before God” 

Why is the thought life so important? Why did Solomon tell his son, “above all else, guard your heart; for out of it are the issues of life?” Because the thought life controls the rest of your life. If you tell me what you think, I’ll tell you who you are and the life you live. What you think is what you are. The thought life controls you. Proverbs 23:7 tells us “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”  Your thoughts—positive, negative, good, or bad—control your attitudes. Your attitudes are the sum total of your thoughts. Your attitudes lead to your actions

So how do we balance our thoughts and attitude? Romans 12:2 commands us to “not conformed to this world; but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” 

When God gets ready to change someone, how does He do it? By changing how they think. God changes the thought process. When your mind is clear and right with God, when you think the thoughts of Christ after Him, when you have the mind of Christ, when you’re being transformed by the word of God and the power of God and the Spirit of God in your thought life, then you’re going to be doing the will of God.   

God has a plan for you, a wonderful plan. Getting the most out of the plan that God has for you begins in your thought life.

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. Philippians 4:8

Serving the Savior,

Bro. Jonathan

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