“Do You Hear What You Are Thinking?” was the title of a book given to me in 1983. Up to that point, I never thought about my thoughts. They were just part of who I was. Were they really inconsequential? Our thoughts are made up from our experiences. In my first book, “Freedom! From Past Hurts” there is a chapter entitled Belief Systems. The first sentence describes a belief: it is a decision made within ourselves whether something is right or wrong
Our thoughts are a composite of what we believe. Every experience we have ever had is recorded in our brain. If you wonder why you are behaving as you are, think of this key: experience, belief system, motive, thought, attitude, action, habit. What we put into our minds controls our actions.
Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” God’s word is the scalpel that can set us free from wrong beliefs. Its precision is an inner heart surgery that only our Great Physician can perform.
Think about when your mind wanders. 1 Chronicles 28:9 were David’s words to his son Solomon. He was encouraging him to know the Lord and serve Him with a blameless heart. The Amplified says, “…For the Lord searches all hearts and minds and understands all the wanderings of the thoughts…”
Behind every thought is a motive. Behind every action is what we believe, which drives us through our motives, that impacts our thought processes. Think of a braid. Now name each of the three strands: mind, will, emotions. Always the mind leads off first, then our will and emotions follow. Therefore any negative behavior can be changed by changing the belief behind it.
Psalm 139:1-12 helps us understand clearly how involved the Lord is in our lives. Verse 4 says, “For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.” Verse 12 says, “Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to You.” Our darkest thoughts are known to the Lord.
Hebrews 4:13 Amplified says, “And not a creature exists that is concealed from His sight, but all things are open and exposed, naked and defenseless to the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do.” This is a very comforting verse to me. I used to stuff things. After ignoring them for years they didn’t exist in my mind. At least that was the lie I believed. Ignoring them does not make them go away.
The emotional pain that we bury, continues to seep into every aspect of our lives through our thoughts. We are not consciously aware. Emotional pain lies buried in the dark corners of our hearts. Think of it as a dungeon. Your emotional pain cries out to be released. I want to encourage you to take your negative behaviors before the Holy Spirit. Allow Him to lead you into the light of truth that will set you free.