You are not what you think you are, but what you think, you are!
You become what you think about. The Bible tells us, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7, NLV).
Your mind is the seed plot of your life, the ground in which the seed is sown. God wants to prepare your “soil” for something better, something higher.
In school, you undoubtedly learned this poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson:
Sow a thought and you reap an action.
Sow an act and you reap a habit.
Sow a habit and you reap a character.
Sow a character and you reap a destiny.
It is imperative that you control your thoughts. You begin with a thought and it eventually becomes your destiny. It controls you. You don’t control it.
No wonder when the devil attacked Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, he aimed at their minds. He began to sow distrust in the Lord. He told them that God had lied to them. He said God knows that if you eat of this fruit you will become just like Him (Genesis 3:4-5).
The devil sowed a lie, craftily aimed at Eve’s mind.
Just as with untended weeds that spring up and flourish in your garden, then, as now, we must be careful of the lies and wrong thinking that happens naturally.
We are told:
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord. (Isaiah 55:7, ESV)
Throughout the Bible, God often appeals to reasoning and the mind. He said:
“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool” (Isaiah 1:18, ESV).
Where is a person’s reasoning ability? The mind. God is saying, “I want to talk to your mind.”
What an amazing truth. God knows the door to the soul and human spirit is the mind!
Salvation does not call for blind faith. Salvation calls for reasoned faith. God wants you to think about it and understand it mentally.
Faith means that you think about it and you reason with God. Faith does not deny the fact. Faith changes fact. We have to change our minds. We have to make decisions.
This is why we are promised:
“Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:7, ESV).
Before we can live God’s way, we have to start thinking of God’s way. This is why God says, “Renew your mind.” You make the decision. You say, “I will no longer think that way like a parched, arid, infertile land. I will be refreshed by the breezes, the rain, and God’s favor!”
And the minute we decide for our “soil” to be properly prepared, just as He did with the children of Israel, God begins to move us into covenant blessing:
“I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people” (Jeremiah 31:33, ESV).