There are two kinds of thinking: conscience thinking and sub-conscience thinking. The Bible refers to your sub-conscience thinking as your "heart". King Solomon said in Proverbs 23:7, "as a man thinks in his heart, so is he." It's another way of saying that your heart (sub-conscience thinking) will determine who you are and who you become.
In last week's blog entitled, "What Are Your Set Points?" I made the statement that your heart thinking will determine the path your life will take and that it will create the boundaries for your future. Solomon gave plain instructions to "guard our hearts above all else" in Proverbs 4:23 or in other words, it is of most importance to be aware of your sub-conscience thinking. That is easier said than done. After all, sub-conscience thinking is beneath our conscience thinking, that why it's called sub-conscience. Most of us were not even aware of another level of thinking or that our 'heart' thinks, never mind now being told that one of the most important things we should do is to be aware of what it is thinking. So, how can we know what our heart is thinking? And how can we ensure that it is creating a good and prosperous future for us?
It's really not as complicated as one might think. Plato said, “Thinking is the talk of the soul with itself." That is a profound statement. And, as most profound thoughts are, it is remarkably simple. Thinking = self-talk. "As a man talks to himself in his heart, so is he." So, how is your self-talk? What is your self-talk focused on?
Healthy people are very aware of their self-talk. Until you are aware of your self-talk, it will control your life. What you focus on, you give power to. If you focus on the problems, you empower the problems. If you choose to focus on the solutions, you will empower the solutions. King Saul and the rest of his Israelite army focused on the enormity of Goliath. David, on the other hand, chose to focus on the power of his God. The one with positive self-talk was able to seize an opportunity that set him up for life.
Charles T. Brown said, “Feelings are simply what we say to ourselves about our experiences.” We all have feelings but we all don't need to be led by them. Your focus determines your feelings. To lead our feelings, we simply need change our focus.
The Apostle Paul said in Romans 12:2, "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."
Plainly put, if you really want to discover what God's full will is for your life and want to see a real change, then you must renew your self-talk. That starts by being aware of what it is. Jesus was. He made numerous "I am" statements. He said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life." He said, "I am the resurrection and the life." He also said, "I am the bread of life." What are your "I am" statements?
If I were to be honest, a majority of my "I am" statements are negative. I am tired. I am too busy. I am not able. I am too young, etc. Our self-talk is rarely accurate, but everybody believes their self-talk. The good new is that it is a learned language and therefore it can be unlearned.
I believe the most important thing you can do beyond giving your life to Jesus is to change your self-talk. Begin by becoming aware of your current self-talk and then change you declarations.
I would highly recommend using Joel Osteen's latest book, I Declare, as a resource to help you change your self-talk.