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The actions that we produce are driven by our thoughts. Before we make any steps in a particular direction, it is best that we hold ourselves accountable by processing our very own thoughts.
The Word of God teaches us how powerful and influential our thought patterns are; it directs the course of our life. Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
Example - Illustration - Someone - Heart - Thought
Let’s take for example the illustration of lusting after someone in our heart, continually. As the thought of lust comes in our mind, it is our responsibility to process why we thought of lust, how we plan to respond to this thought and whether this thought will become a recurring thought. If we have thoughts of low self-esteem, we do not have to be defined as a person with low self-esteem or allow these thoughts to control us. We claim and utilize the power within us, by countering our thoughts with faithfulness and confidence. As powerful, thinking human beings, we have to master the art of directing our thought patterns into a fruitful, positive and productive direction. Yes! We can accomplish this task, but it will require some work.
We all are faced with maladaptive thoughts at times, and we all have the ability to channel our thoughts and direct our actions. The initial stage of mindfulness is awareness. Before we are able to challenge a thought process, we have to be aware of that thought and judge its content. Let’s go back to thoughts of lust. A great place to start is to first identify that the thoughts we are having are lustful. After our thought is identified, we then weigh whether it is productive or destructive, which is guided firstly by our belief system and moral standard. Any thought we have should be judged...
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