Have you thought about where your words come from? Have you ever said things that you wish had not come out of your mouth? We eat the fruit of our lips. Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” The question that I asked myself: do I love the words that come out of my mouth?
Our heart is our belief center. Every experience we have ever been through affects our heart. It is like an imprint. Therefore what we believe about ourselves comes from our experiences. It shapes our perceptions. When we have negative experiences from our past, we may have beliefs that are negative.
That is the power of renewing our mind. No mind is set in concrete. Ephesians 4:23 Amplified says, “And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind (having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude).” Only God’s implanted word can change toxic thought patterns in our brain. Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…”
What are your thoughts about yourself? David wrote Psalm 139. If you haven’t read it lately I encourage you to do so. Verse 14 says, “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.” This is a truth that I stand in. I have learned a lot about how God has designed our brains through my multiple brain injuries. Luke 1:37 says, “For with God nothing will be impossible.”
It doesn’t matter what we have been through in the past. What matters is do we believe what God says about us? If we don’t, that is an indication that we have derived our identity through our experiences. That brings us to salvation. Before we accepted the Lord as our Savior, we were alienated from Him. Cut off. No connection. No interchange. Ephesians 4:18 says, “Having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.”
Everything points back to your heart. God’s way is perfect. Psalm 119:11 says, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” Your heart is designed to be a reservoir of God’s word. Don’t fill it with toxic beliefs against yourself.
John 7:38 says, “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” We are surrounded by thirsty unbelievers. Let us be water carriers that dispense life giving words. It all starts with a renewed mind about God’s purpose: He has no desire for anyone to perish.