Our lives move in the direction of our strongest thoughts. What we think shapes who we are. Both the Bible and modern science provide evidence that this is true.
Psycologists use cognitive behavioral therapy in treating their patients. They have concluded that many problems are rooted in faulty and negative patterns of thinking. Treating those problems begins with changing that thinking.
We need to learn to apply the Replacement Principle, i.e. Remove the lies and replace them with the truth.
Jesus, when tempted by satan, responded by saying "it is written." Three times, in three separate instances, Jesus exposed Satan’s lie and engaged the truth of God’s Word that He had been memorizing since He was a young Jewish boy.
Paul says: "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." (Philippians 4:8-9)
In this passagePaul moves from
• thought (“think about such things”) to
• action (“put it into practice”) to
• experience (“the God of peace will be with you”).
Paul tells us that our thoughts shape our lives.
With God’s help, we can transform our minds. We can stop believing the lies that hold us back. We can renew our minds by being saturated with His unchanging truth.
Mike and Daphne