The Tabernacle Scroll

Issue 87

"For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honourable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things (fix your minds on them) [Philippians 4:8 Amp.]

The way we think affects our attitudes and our behaviour. “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he”(Prov.23:7). We can be locked into trying to change who we are by modifying our behaviour rather than our thinking. According to God’s Word, we change because we adopt new ways of thinking. That is why the Bible admonishes us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. In fact, the meaning of the word ‘repentance’, which has as its emphasis the sorrow for sin, is really rooted in a mental approach towards sin. The word comes from the Greek ‘metanoia’ which means ‘to turn around’, or in other words, to change one’s mental disposition towards sin.

Now, we don’t have to be great scholars to acknowledge that when we dwell on wrong thoughts we feel miserable. Our experience tells us that! But a natural extension of our wrong thinking is that we make other people feel miserable too!

God knows what is good for us. That is why He gives us instructions as to what we should be thinking about! He is concerned that we think about things that will build us up, not tear us down. Obviously, this is important not only for the welfare of each individual, but for His Church, which is a collection of individuals.

Why is it important to take stock of the thoughts that most occupy our minds? Because we have an adversary, Satan, who constantly works at deceiving us into believing that the source of our unhappiness (or misery/depression), is something other than what it really is! Satan’s objective is to get us to blame our circumstances (that is, external sources) rather than our thoughts (that is, internal sources).

The scripture quoted above is typical, but by no means exhaustive of the sorts of good things that we should think about constantly. Keep in mind that the many sinful acts that are associated with our carnal (or fleshly) desires also find their ultimate approval in the mind! So it pays to think about what we are thinking about!

If we really wish to enjoy the victorious life, that is to live as ‘overcomers’, we must be more than wishful thinkers. We must take the appropriate action. Right action begins with right thinking. Start choosing right thoughts today.

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