Growing up, whenever someone would throw something at you without your knowledge they would yell out the phrase “Think fast.” In order to not get hit by whatever it was and to catch it, you had to think quickly and react. The same adage is true today. Your thoughts are very powerful and impact the way you live, how you approach different situations, and how you react to various circumstances that come about.
Proverbs 23:7 says it this way “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” In other words, however you see yourself that is what you are going to be. If you don’t like what you see then change how you think. What you see can be changed but you have to fix you thought process.
Paul tells us about eight different things that we should think about and meditate on (See Philippians 4:8). Whenever you start your thought process go through this checklist. Make sure your thinking is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and praiseworthy. I love how The Message translates this verse in Philippians “Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious-the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.”
In Romans 8:5-8, we see that our thoughts can either lead us to death or lead us to life and peace. Paul says that people who think carnally or on things of the flesh kill everything in their lives but those that think on things of the Spirit bring life and peace into every situation or circumstance. Proverbs says that there is a way that seems right to man but in the end it leads to death (See Proverbs 14:12).
Paul goes on to tells us that in order to transform ourselves or change who we are, we need to renew our mind (See Romans 12:2). When a caterpillar goes into its cocoon and begins the process of metamorphosis in order to change into a butterfly, nobody knows or can see what is going on inside of the cocoon. After the whole process is complete, the caterpillar emerges out as a butterfly. The same is true for us when we think. No one can see what we know or are thinking about, but when the thought process is complete, we become transformed into how we view ourselves. In other words, in order to transform, change, make your life different you have to go through the process of renewing your mind. It’s like the saying “If you keep doing what you’ve always done, then you’ll keeping getting what you always got.” So if you keep thinking like you always thought, then you’re going to keep seeing what you’ve always saw.
Lastly, Ephesians 3:20 tells us that God can do exceedingly abundantly above all we can think. Bishop T.D. Jakes said it this way “Your penthouse thought is God’s basement performance.” God can do so much more than we could ever think of, but He will only do what we are thinking of. So if you can think it, no matter how big or how small, God can and will do it.
So what are you thinking? Do you like what you see? Have you limited God’s potential to do things in your life because of your thinking? Think fast!