Posted on March 30, 2011 at 2:54 PM //
The Bible teaches us what we should spend our time thinking about. Most of the time this is not what is usually on our mind. We all have lives which we perceive to be busy and sometimes the important things seem to get pushed to the side or forgotten about altogether.
Mark 4:24 says “Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more.” The more time that we spend thinking about the Word that we read and hear, the more ability we have to do it.
We get from the Word of God what we put into it. The truth is that it is too easy to not put as much time into reading the Word as we should. We may go out and hear others teach and preach or we may listen to a sermon online but we are not really dedicated to making the Word a major part of our lives. This includes spending time thinking about it.
So if we must blame it on something, lets blame it on our flesh. Our flesh is lazy, and it changes the way that we think about things. Our flesh says that we should get something for nothing and if we do not then it was probably too much work anyway. However, this is not the reality of how anything works. Remember, we get from the Word what we put into it.
Psalm 1:1-2 says “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.” The word “meditate” means to plan or intend in the mind. We intend on God’s word by meditating on it, by contemplating what it means, by rehearsing or practicing it in our thinking. If we want to do what the Word of God says, we have to spend time thinking about it!
Joshua 1:8 says “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” We all want to be successful in anything that we do and I am not just writing about having monetary success. We want to be successful in relationships, and circumstances, and anything else that we might face in this life. In everything, we want to be successful. But we cannot be successful in anything else, if we are not thinking about what we are thinking about.
We all go where our thoughts go. Simply living life and thinking about whatever falls into your head is not the right way. Our mind plays an important role in our success. Satan deceives people into thinking that the source of their misery is something other than what it really is. Satan wants everyone to think that they are unhappy due to their circumstances when the real misery is due to what is going on inside them (their thoughts). Do not let what you are thinking about make you miserable. Instead, get in the Word. Read about your promises. Understand how to renew your mind. No one else is going to do it for you.
Written by Joshua Lamkins