Some experts estimate that you will have between 12,000 & 60,000 thoughts per day. If that’s true it means we think about a lot of stuff. I wonder how many of those thoughts are negative?
It might surprise you to know that the Bible has a lot to say about what we think. Within it are key verses about our thoughts that are vitally important. In fact, it encourages us to have positive, godly and victorious thinking.
Here are five key verses about your thoughts and what they teach us:
1. Philippians 4:8
Philippians 4:8 New International Version (NIV)
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.
Some guru in a hut didn’t invent positive thinking, nor did it come from the latest self-help book. The whole idea of positive thinking came from God himself. He IS good and all good thoughts stem from his goodness.
2. Romans 12:2
Romans 12:2 New International Version (NIV)
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Negative thinking is a daily battle. Not for some of us but for all of us. Renewing our minds daily through prayer, worship and Bible reading are absolutely essential.
3. 2 Timothy 1:7
2 Timothy 1:7 New International Version (NIV)
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
Powerful thinking doesn’t come from trying harder. It comes from the Holy Spirit. It gives us the power to have victorious thinking.
4. 2 Corinthians 10:5
2 Corinthians 10:5 New International Version (NIV)
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Rogue thoughts can be some of the worst things that pass through our minds. We have to, through the power of the Holy Spirit, hold them captive and make them obedient to Christ, making them godly.
5. Colossians 3:1-3
Colossians 3:1-3 New International Version (NIV)
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
What would happen if you started thinking about heavenly and eternal things? Well, you’d probably stop worrying so much about the temporary things. Set your mind on Christ. You have the most heavenly thoughts when you think about him.