Thinking healthy thoughts in Christ, has always been my goal, as I write even here, “Elena’s Just My Thoughts.”
FOR AS HE THINKETH IN HIS HEART, SO IS HE……Proverbs 23:7 KJV.
And sometimes, well you have to define your goals. You have to see, first of all what are your goals based on. Where do you get your information, to think upon?
See, its great to have a goal, but if the goal, is not Christ centered, you could go wrong.
And my husband and I were just chatting about some of the Christians we knew in our lifetime. Who claimed they were Christians, but they had the ways of the world. We saw it in their goals, or the lack thereof.
We have seen some things that shocked us, to be truthful. By some. And we saw these things now and then throughout our lifetime. In churches, and some personal relationships. Not all. But, in just growing, or trying to understand life. Or human behavior.
We concluded, that many we did see did not have the fear of God, to do some of the things they did, or the desire to have the mind of Christ.
They did not see, that the goal should always be to have the “mind” of Christ.
FOR WHO HATH KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT HE MAY INSTRUCT HIM? BUT WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST. I CORINTHIANS 2:16 KJV.
Sure, there was a hallelujah, praise the Lord, time, we saw sometimes. But when it came right down to it, their fruit did not always reveal Christ. And I want to be gentle here, because yes there were times we saw it, but there were times we did not.
And in those times. We did not. It really did not reveal an obedience to God, to want to obey God, in what He teaches us.
In keeping His commandments, and laws. By walking in love, by forgiving. And so much more. For, we are told, in KJV scripture, you will know them by their fruit.
WHEREFORE BY THEIR FRUITS YE SHALL KNOW THEM. MATTHEW 7:20 KJV.
And not to judge, again being gentle, because I realize I also sin, and can sin, even daily by my own thoughts, and come short of the glory of God. Yet scripture also says, we are to have righteous judgment. So I need to find the balance.
A FALSE BALANCE IS ABOMINATION TO THE LORD: BUT A JUST WEIGHT IS HIS DELIGHT. PROVERBS 11:1. KJV.
Thinking constantly, toxic or negative, pessimistic thoughts, will get you off balance. You have to have a good balance. I pray to balance my thoughts, so it does please God. Repenting, daily, in obedience, helps me keep the slate clean. But, it made me realize, we can think unhealthy thoughts, by what we do, and may even think. We can justify it, because we are Christians. And I think many Christians think it’s o.k. to be who they are, but they don’t try to get the mind of Christ. This is really important.
SEARCH ME, O GOD, AND KNOW MY HEART: TRY ME, AND KNOW MY THOUGHTS…..Psalms 139:23 KJV.
But there should always be a goal, to please God. There should always be a goal, to fear God, in even what we think. Because God sees everything. We can forget that now and then.
Now concerning these folks we were thinking about, we loved them. But the love was not returned always. And it just made us think, about how much, one has to continue to seek God, no matter what.
We cannot be people pleasers, but we must always have a spirit, to want to please God.
And you cannot do that, if your thoughts are unhealthy. Life is hard sometimes, and sometimes, you have to look at a situation, and say how did I handle that? Was it Christ like, or was it like the ways of the world?
Now nobody is perfect, and I myself, I know my flaws. I really want to be humble as I write this, in the sight of God, I pray, I don’t have a big old plank of wood in my eye.
AND WHY BEHOLDEST THOU THE MOTE THAT IS IN THEY BROTHERS EYE, BUT CONSIDEREST NOT THE BEAM THAT IS IN THINE OWN EYE. Matthew 7:3 KJV
But, I know where I can be weak. I know where I can be harsh, or angry, and some folks may look at that as well, and judge me, and say, that is not Christ like. And there may be some truth to it. I have to admit that, and not have pride in that matter. But I realize, I need to bring it always to the obedience of Christ. Love always has to be front and centered, because that is what Christ said, we would be known by and that is love. Read John 13:35 KJV.
To rectify that, and change. But it begins with the thoughts. With a mind to want to repent, to please God. So, extending grace to yourself and others, just seems to help situations out.
Thoughts, touch our souls. And if our souls, are not right with Christ, we won’t have fruit that reveals Christ. See its a spiritual matter, that needs God to change.
And what are we putting in our heads, and our hearts, that affect our spiritual being?
This is very important. This is one reason, why I am careful what I watch on television. What books I read, by what authors, because I want the food I put in my mind and soul, to be good for my spiritual being. To be healthy.
Spiritually and physically.
I just realize, with some of the things I have gone through lately, I need to keep my mind on God. I need to have hope, I cannot give up, I cannot stop believing, and I feel like I am being tested. Because it has been hard in some ways. I was thinking of some of the hurts, I have felt, and I admit, it did cause me to think some unhealthy thoughts. Poor pitiful me thoughts. But now I have a little bit of a chuckle, and count it as a life lesson. That I have learned. So, I think I am at a good place in the process, where I need to just let go, and go on, in Christ.
See, I refuse to let something control me, like a bad habit, etc. I have to always think and feel I am free in Christ. I have to be aware of spiritual obstacles, and deceptions, the enemy will purposely place before us, and just remember, Christ is the way, the truth and life. John 14:6. kjv.
So, I realize, I have to continue to think healthy thoughts. And this is where I can either be a prisoner, or be set free in my mind, according to what God says in His word.
I have to embrace His promises. I have to remind myself to think of what He says, as truth.
I cannot question God, or argue with God, I cannot think of anything else, but what He says, in matters. Or yes I know my thoughts, would be unhealthy.
See, you always have to be aware, of what you put in your mind because it does affect the soul.
Bitterness, unforgiveness, not only affects your soul, but your health as well. And the enemy, the devil will throw these things at you. He will even use people you love, to get you off track. But don’t.
So no matter, where you are in life, and I am not a psychologist. But, I am a child of God, and I don’t need psycho babble, or political correctness, all I realize is I need God. And the love from my family.
His truth, His love, His understanding. I get that understanding, by prayer, by truly being repentant, because I miss it sometimes, but I get it from my King James bible.
And that book is holy. I have proven it by what God says, His commandments to not change it, and so that is my source of truth, to search for answers. To search for guidance. To get understanding.
This is why, I try to add King James scriptures always, as a foundation, when I write, these writings, so my thoughts can be right before Him, but also that you can be fed spiritually. Truth. And have understanding that establishes you, to be the best you can be in Christ. As you read my writings….
COMMIT THY WORKS UNTO THE LORD, AND THY THOUGHTS SHALL BE ESTABLISHED. PROVERBS 16:3 KJV.
Now as I conclude this, always understand, that what we think, even though we may try hard to always have the mind of Christ, we need to understand, Gods ways, are not our ways. Nor is His thoughts ours.
FOR MY THOUGHTS ARE NOT YOUR THOUGHTS, NEITHER ARE YOUR WAYS MY WAYS, SAITH THE LORD. ISAIAH 55:8 KJV.
Don’t frustrate yourself to the point, where you think you are doing everything you can, but you are not seeing results. Just keep trusting God. Don’t incline unto your own understanding. In other words, be aware, you might not be thinking too clearly, and you are not trusting God. We can do that.
TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL THINE HEART; AND LEAN NOT UNTO THINE OWN UNDERSTANDING. PROVERBS 3:5 KJV.
Also remember, and this again is why I so hope you take my thoughts to heart in this matter. Be careful what bible version you use. Use a King James. So many folks take Jeremiah 29:11, and they think that scripture says, FOR I KNOW THE PLANS THAT I HAVE TOWARD YOU…
That scripture does not say that. It states:
FOR I KNOW THE THOUGHTS THAT I THINK TOWARD YOU, SAITH THE LORD, THOUGHTS OF PEACE, AND NOT OF EVIL, TO GIVE YOU AN EXPECTED END.
Jeremiah 29:11. KJV.
It is important that we are concerned about what “thoughts” God has toward us. Words matter folks, words that we put in our spirits, words we think, and speak, because they do have power of life and death when they reach our tongues. We have to be aware, that God has thoughts toward us, but what does he think when he sees we are disobedient, or we are not claiming His true promises?
Food for thought today,
I love you all in Christ,
Just My Thoughts…..