Thoughts Drive Behavior
Discernment is essential in making righteous decisions. Are you impulsive? That might be an area you want to correct through thoughts anchored in God’s truths that will set you free. We are able to make righteous decisions by discerning between good and evil. I want to take it a step further than where we ended yesterday. Hiding God’s word in our heart will help us discern between good and best.
Paul and his team are a great example. Acts 16:6-10 is a very interesting narrative. Verse 6 says that they were going to preach the word in Asia. Yet the Holy Spirit forbid them. Then they tried to go to Bithynia, but the Holy Spirit did not permit them. These were good decisions. As we read further we see that they were not God’s best. Verse 9 says that a vision came to Paul. He saw a man from Macadonia pleading with them to help them.
Verse 10 says, “Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonina, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.” I encourage you to read the rest of the chapter. God is our orchestrator. Sometimes He leads us through resistance. I love Revelation 3:7. I use it as prayer frequently. It says, “…He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens.”
Yesterday I listened to a neuroscientist explaining neuroplasticity. Our brains are plastic, in the sense that they are flexible. Everything is reversible. Our genes are not our destiny. Science has discovered what God has written in His word. Our thoughts drive our behavior. Proverbs 23:7 says that we are as we think.
Romans 12:2 says, “…renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Psalm 18:32 says, “It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect. Psalm 138:8 says, “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever…” Mercy is not getting what we deserve.
There is hope! It is never too late to change. Your life may have started out rough with childhood traumas. You may have made unrighteous decisions that you are still reaping. You may have walked away from the Lord, and been on a diet of swine husks. There are many factors of defeat. Ephesians 2:1-3 was written to set the stage of our hopelessness. Verse 4 says, “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us.”
Let me remind you of a few truths that you can lean back on. 2 Timothy 2:13 says, “If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.” This is one of my anchor verses that fortifies my faith. No matter what, He is faithful. The children of Israel’s bones dried up. Listen to their words. Ezekiel 37:11 says, “…Our bones are dry, our hope is lost…” Hopelessness, because of your negative thought process regarding your circumstances, affects your health. Hopelessness is the fruit. Note the contrast in Proverbs 17:22. It says, “A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.”
Isaiah 59:1-2 says, “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you.” We are the obstructors. The Lord is ready to save. Nothing in your life has been in vain because the Lord redeems it all. He uses our adversity for our good. He makes a way when there is no way. We can trust Him to bring all the changes needed in our lives so that we will bear fruit for His glory.