Did you know that the way you think directly affects the way you live? If you are a child of God who has chosen to live by the truth of His Word, you probably know all about this. It is, after all, a basic foundational truth of faith. But knowing about a truth and actually experiencing its reality in our lives are two completely different things. I want to talk to you today about how this truth really does affect our every day lives and paves a sure way for our future!
I have realised that when my mind is kept full of the Word of God, I begin to see things and think about things from His perspective. Over the past couple of months I found myself continuously in the Word, out of necessity. It was over our scheduled trip to South Africa, where ministry appointments and live television broadcasts were booked and scheduled day in and day out for six continuous weeks. What a blast! It kept me in a place where I had to have my mind prepared and saturated with the Word of God. The magnificent result was the flow of life and peace that Word produced inside of me! Romans 8:6 says: “Now the mind of the flesh [which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit] is death [death that comprises all the miseries arising from sin, both here and hereafter]. But the mind of the [Holy] Spirit is life and [soul] peace [both now and forever].”
Did you know that a healthy mind that is filled with God’s supernatural life and peace, supernaturally influences every other part of our lives and produces an atmosphere of favour and blessing in and around us? This is a miracle I absolutely love and delight in! To think that having my soul, which is my intellect, my emotions and my will, filled with the truth of God’s Word, is what will start a ripple effect of God’s blessing and favour to flow into all that concerns me, is absolutely wonderful! Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”
And that is exactly what I began to experience. I actually felt worry and fear break off of me and peace and joy make a victorious path for me. Everything I did had God’s touch of blessing and favour all over it. I slept better than I had in months and my level of physical and mental strength amazed me. I was able to fit in and do all that I needed to do by a supernatural grace and strength that didn’t just astound me, but it astounded those who know me too.
When we deliberately choose to think and meditate on the thoughts God thinks about us, from His Word, we pave a way for that truth to become our reality. What we think influences the words we speak and the way we operate in life. Whether we realise it or not, each action we take in life, causes some kind of reaction. So if God’s life and peace are actively at work inside us, and that same life and peace begins to radiate out of us and influences the way we live. We can expect a supernatural reaction to follow. Proverbs 12:14 says, “From the fruit of his words a man shall be satisfied with good, and the work of a man’s hands shall come back to him [as a harvest].”
I want to encourage you to deliberately step up your level of commitment to spending time in God’s Word. I have no doubt that your experience will be as life giving as mine! Mark 4:24 promises that the attention we give to the Word, will pour a quality of excellence straight back into our lives! “And He said to them, Be careful what you are hearing. The measure[of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure[of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you—and more [besides] will be given to you who hear.”
What are you waiting for? Let’s feast our minds and hearts on His truth and watch the supernatural life and peace that comes from it flood every area of our lives!