Sunday, August 11, 2013

Thoughts

Greetings, My Friends;
Today, the message is about something that can be complicated or even confusing. That subject is thoughts. Where do they come from, and how do they affect us.
First, we have random thoughts. Usually these occur while we are relaxing. We get all kinds of thoughts going on in our heads. Some make sense because of certain things going on in our lives, and others seem to make no sense at all. It is as if our brain is looking for something to latch onto. I guess this would explain why when you ask someone what they are thinking, they say, "nothing in particular."
The next group of thoughts takes place when you consciously make an effort to decide about something. I consider thoughts to be suggestions the brain makes. As these suggestions race through our heads, the brain changes gears and tries to pick out the best options. The thoughts keep coming until a satisfactory solution is arrived at.
Another group of thoughts occurs when we look at what is going on around us. Our thoughts tell us if we like something or not. Is it pleasant to look at? Does it feel good, such as a cool breeze on a warm day? Would we change what we see in any way? Does what we see matter at all to us?
Another kind of thought can lead to good or bad results. Thoughts have a way of multiplying in your brain. Let's say you decide to do a particular thing. Your brain starts giving you suggestions. For this scenario, let us assume you don't like someone. Your thoughts latch onto this. As you pick out certain suggestions from your brain, it now starts to focus on your choices and gives more extreme suggestions. The process keeps building unless you stop it with a conscious effort. All kinds of bad things can occur if you don't.
The same is true of positive thoughts. They build the same way as negative thoughts. As you pick these suggestions, you feel more and more positive about whatever you first thought of. Again, you must recognize what is happening and control it, or your thoughts will run amok and lead to disaster. Even the best thoughts and end up in disaster. You can arrive in a situation that is totally overwhelming.
You can also direct your thoughts as I call it your brain suggestions. Whatever your initial idea is, if you dwell on it, even for a very short time the process starts.  Pornography, gambling, starting a business, or shopping, as examples. If you don't control the original lot, the brain considers everything the same. It will keep building on these suggestions you accept until you stop it, or act on it. Sin and disaster follows in most cases.
One more thing.  Let's say you are reading the Bible. The thought comes to you that it is too hard to understand. Do I really believe this stuff? Or another example a little more extreme. Say you are a few stories up and looking down. If you ask 10 people, 5 would probably say that for a split second, they thought that they should jump.
Thoughts like these bother, many Christians. They come out of nowhere, or do they? By their very nature they are against the word of God.  As such, you can be sure they come from Satan.  At this point, I tell Satan that these thoughts are his and not mine, and I reject them in Jesus name. Just praise the Lord and rest in him. They are not your thoughts, so you are not guilty.
As you can see, thoughts help solve problems, but they can also lead to destruction. Thoughts will come to you many times, but you do not have to accept any of them. Stay in the word and you will be just fine.
God bless you and remember,
Jesus loves you.
Prayer of Salvation;

"Oh God in heaven.  I believe with all my heart that Jesus has been raised from the dead. I receive your word, and I repent of sin. I renounce the past. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. I receive my forgiveness. I receive the new birth, cleansed and washed in the word and in the precious blood of Jesus. Fill me with your spirit, in Jesus name. Amen."