“….to be made new in the attitude of your minds;” (Ephesians 4:23)
Psychologist William James said this many years ago: “The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.” With these changes our thinking and emotions are influenced and the spiritual “heart” is effected and with this our reactions to our life experiences change.
Scripture talks about that in this way: “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45). “As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects a man” (Proverbs 27:19). “For as he thinks within himself, so he is” (Proverbs 23:7 — NASB).
Whoever you are, wherever you are, whatever may be your circumstances, these previous statements are true in your life. It matters not, if you are Chairman of the Board, or low man on the totem pole, it makes no difference if you are a brilliant success or a colossal failure, it matters not if you dwell in the midst of abundance or in the depth of abject poverty. These three facts are equally true to every single one of us:
- As you think, so you are.
- Change your thinking and change your life.
- With God’s help, you can do both!
Your thinking can change! Your life can change! One of the most damaging, most devastating traps we can ever fall into, is to conclude, “Well, it’s been this way for so long, I guess this is the way it has to be.” “It’s too late to change now.”
These are lies of the devil! It does not have to be the way it is and it’s never too late to change! But if anything is going to change your life, the very first change will have to be in your thinking. The fact is, that your thinking can change. The Word of God says, “…put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires, to be made new in the attitude of your minds” (Ephesians 4:22b, 23).
That’s what happens in the new birth. By the power and persuasion of God’s Holy Spirit through His Word, our thinking is changed. Where there was doubt, there is faith. Where there was rejection, there is acceptance. Where there was unbelief, there is belief. Where there was enmity toward God, there is peace, commitment and love. The result is — “But we have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16). This is our choice!
Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.” Change your thinking and change your life. Try it. You’ll see and be blessed