How You Think Determines What You Do

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What is the most communicable disease in the world today?

Your thoughts….

Proverbs 23: 7 says:

“As a man thinketh in his heart so is he…”

For years, I’ve taught that a debt free mentality….is not determined by where you work, where you live, what you drive, what you wear or who your parents are.   Your mentality is not determined by how smart you are but by the dominant thoughts in your mind.

Whatever thoughts you allow to dominate your life will have a direct impact on who and what you draw into your life.

Like a magnet, your thoughts will draw to you the people and circumstances that harmonize with your dominant thoughts.

Life is not determined by outward acts or circumstances.  Each of us creates our own life by our own thoughts.  They can be stumbling blocks or building blocks. 

But the good news is we can tear down stumbling blocks and make building blocks from them just because we’ve been born again.

2 Corinthians 10: 3-5 says:


For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

Marcus Aurelius once said:

Our life is what our thoughts make it.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson said:

“Man is what he thinks.”

Matthew 12:34 says:

“. . .for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.”

Matthew 12:34 in the Amplified Bible says:

“For out of the fullness (the overflow, the [superabundance) of the heart the mouth speaks.”

Matthew 12:34 in the New Living Translation says:

“For whatever is in your heart determines what you say.”

Here’s a truth…nothing is coming out of your mouth that you haven’t first thought

The mind has great power over the body and there’s no doubt about it.  To consciously think that “I can” impels the subconscious faculties into action.  Life is formed from the inside out.  What I am inside determines the issues in the battle of life.

One of my favorite African proverbs says:

“If there is no enemy within, the enemy without can do you no harm.”

Thoughts are the transforming power released into our lives.  As the Bible says, as a man thinketh in his heart so is he.  We are bound to follow our thoughts.  That’s why it’s important business to know that the thoughts we select are going to dominate our life.

The Apostle Paul talks about being transformed by the renewing of your mind.

Romans 12:2 says:

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Conformed in the Strong’s Concordance is word “4964” and it means:

“1) to conform one's self (i.e. one's mind and character) to another's pattern,”

What is your mind but a collection of your thoughts that fill your conscious and subconscious computer.

Take a moment to understand this analogy. When you buy a computer, the software you put into your computer will be the only system your computer can give back to you.  If you want something else, you have to install new software.

That is the same way our brain works.  We are born into this world and absorb our actions and reactions based on what we experience.  If we want a result we are not getting, we will have to reprogram our minds according to what we want. 

Fortunately we can!

The Apostle Paul said in Romans 7:15, 18-21; 23-25

I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.”

 Romans 8:1-2 continues by saying: “So now there is no condemnation to those who belong to Christ Jesus. Because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.”

Romans 12:2 in the Amplified Bible tells us:

“Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].”

And my favorite translation is Romans 12:2 in the New Living Translation which says:

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”


Romans 12:2 in the Contemporary English Version says:

“Don't be like the people of this world, but let God change the way you think. Then you will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to him.”

Romans 12:2 in the Message Bible says:

“Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”

New thoughts from God’s Word become your motivation to change.

There is really no other way to be transformed.  When we are exhorted to reconsider -- to think differently -- he means we’re to change our thinking

Why?  Because thoughts are the transforming power released into our lives.  This is the only way that you can get your life changed.  You must change the way you think. Thoughts are power releases.  Thoughts either right or wrong release power.  They are like mental software put into our computers that will mold and dominate our thinking until we change out the thought process.

You cannot become great and think small.  But neither can you remain small when you are thinking great. 

Thought is the original source of all wealth, all success, and all great discoveries and achievement

Good thoughts must be coupled with right methods that open ways to achieve the desired result.  Our personal body chemistry is guided and triggered by our emotions but our thought is what leads us to actions.  You can make yourself sick, poor and unhappy by your habitual thinking.  You can even kill yourself by your thoughts. 

The greatest communicable disease in the world today is a person’s thought life.

People don’t commit suicide because they want to die.  The commit suicide because they can’t live with the pain of their own thoughts any longer.  Just think of the number of suicides among people described as “having everything.”  They may have every material blessing … except peace of mind and heart.    

I’ve taught before that worry is just trouble thoughts.

In Job 20:2 in the New International Version. . . Zophar said:

"My troubled thoughts prompt me to answer because I am greatly disturbed.”

Worry is an obsession, a mania, hallucinatory state usually super induced by -- dare I say it – unbelief or perhaps better said … not believing the life-giving thoughts of Christ Jesus. 

Worry never righted a wrong, dried a tear or lifted a burden.  On the contrary it has slain tens of thousands.  The cure for worry is a heart full of faith.

People are probably more careless with their thoughts than anything else.

Drawing upon the negative is not the way to live if you want to enjoy life.

How many of you have ever seen a really bad movie? You didn’t go see it again, did you?

Would you let somebody walk into your home and dump garbage all over the floor?

Then don’t allow negative people to control the flow of your conversations.

If you’re around negative people, change the subject, talk about constructive things, invest your time, don’t merely spend it

Often, people do not realize the full implications of what happens to them when they dwell upon negative thinking.

If you would like to change your condition and situation in life, you must change your thinking. 

Thoughts can be constructive or destructive.  Fear, grief, worry, anger, jealousy and other negative thoughts are destructive. 

Listen…the only person that can really hurt you, is you

A popular Eleanor Roosevelt quote is:

“Nobody has the ability to make you feel bad about yourself without your permission.”

We need to think thoughts of joy and happiness, and all that is good and constructive.  Spiritual laws just like natural laws have consequences

The law of electricity must be obeyed before it becomes man’s servant.  When handled ignorantly it becomes man’s deadly foe.  Just like your state of mind.

Never allow yourself to become so anxious about your future that you lose sleep and fall into the grip of fear.

I have always heard it said that you should never go to sleep angry with anyone and that most especially includes your spouse or children.

Cleanse your mind before you sleep.  Put good thoughts in your mind.  The conscious is going to go out and the subconscious is taking over.

Victor Hugo, the noted author, put it this way “When you go to bed at night, have for your pillow these three things -- love, confidence, and joy.  And you will waken in the morning with a song in your heart.” 

By filling the subconscious mind with edifying wholesome thoughts, they are acting while you sleep and becoming part of your thought process and response.  Result:  a positive person.

What is the subconscious mind?

It’s like the world’s greatest computer. . . filled with remembrances, in which every impulse of thought through any of the five senses is classified and recorded, and from which thoughts may be recalled or withdrawn as letters may be taken from a filing cabinet.

The subconscious mind works day and night functioning without any voluntary direction from you.  In other words, you do not have to tell it what to do. . .it just does it.  You cannot entirely control your subconscious mind, but the Word of God can.

Psalm 16:7-8 in the New Living Translation says:

I will bless the Lordwho guides me; even at night my heart instructs me.  I know theLord is always with me.  I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.”

Philippians 4:6-9 in the Amplified Bible translation says:

Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, (DOES THAT MEAN NOT TO WORRY) but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.

    7And God's peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

    8For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].

    9Practice what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and model your way of living on it, and the God of peace (of untroubled, undisturbed well-being) will be with you.”

The New Living Translation of Philippians 4:6-9 says:

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

 8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts (which means they won’t always be fixed unless you fixed them) on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.”

State of mind is also a very important factor in your success.  You can condition your mind to a point where it enables or prevents you from going forward and doing things.  You can poison your mind and limit your own capacity. 

The mind is the supreme, originating, constructive force in all human endeavor.  Your mental powers are comprehension, feeling, reflection, conscious, method, observation, comparison, will, intuition, memory, judgment, concentration, imagination, reason, perception and analysis.

I want you to get a hold of this next statement.

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.  Thinking is only a process of talking to oneself intelligently and scripturally.  You talk to yourself all the time, be careful what you say.

You also need to know that if you’re not talking to yourself…somebody else, is.

What can you do to think right thoughts?  Think constructive, wholesome thoughts.  Be a positive person –make it a habit. 

We become what we think.  We become what we dwell upon.

The principle:  you move forward toward that upon which you dwell and think.  You tend to become like that which you think about most vividly, most repeatedly, most intensely, and most imaginatively.

Ralph Waldo Emerson declared that the ancestor of every action is thought. 

When we understand that, we begin to comprehend that our world is governed by thought and everything had its counterpart originally within the mind.

Someone once said all that we are is a result of what we have thought.

All rewards in life are for right thinking and acting.  If we think right, we will act right.  No one can enjoy living unless he has a positive state of mind.

Maintaining a positive attitude puts you in a position where you can overcome practically all of the negative things that come your way in life.

Jesus was the greatest positive thinker that ever lived.

Hebrews 12:2 in the King James Version says:

“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Ephesians 4:23  in the New Living Translation says:

“Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.”

Never at any time get yourself into a negative state of mind, or allow a friend to lead you to a point of agreeing to anything that is negative.  Have ever picked up something really hot that would burn you and cause an injury?  What did you do with it?

You didn’t just put it down, you dropped it.

That’s what you do when a negative thought enters your mind, drop it before it can injure you.  When a negative thought enters your mind, you have to take control before it takes root in your life. It’s easier to throw away an acorn seed than an oak tree.

As believers our greatest power originates with a thought. . .the thought of salvation and eternal life. . .the thought of being filled with the Holy Spirit. . .the thought of having life and having it more abundantly. . .the thought of being above and not beneath. . .the thought of being more than a conqueror.

Your greatest power lies in the power of your thoughts. . .they can be for good or they can be for evil.  We choose!

Success is not an accident.  Flooding your mind with positive thoughts is an established mental procedure within successful men and women in every walk of life. 

Acquire the habit of substituting positive ideas for negative ones and gradually your life will become more and more successful.

1 Chronicles 28:9 in the New International Version says:

"And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.”

What you think about, you bring about and what you bring about you will be judged by.

Revelation 2:23 in the New Living Translation says:

“. . . Then all the churches will know that I am the one who searches out the thoughts and intentions of every person. And I will give to each of you whatever you deserve.”

Take some time to ask God where He wants you to go in life… Then, begin to write out the thoughts and possibilities that will take you there.