What we think matters when it comes to following Christ. Proverbs 23:7 NKJV says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he...” A classic example of the importance of our thoughts is found in Numbers 13:33 NKJV which says, “There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight!”
By way of background, the grasshopper speech came from 10 out of the 12 spies whom Moses had sent out to investigate the promised land. The word which is translated as “sight” is the Hebrew word “ayin” which means the physical eye or showing mental qualities or showing mental and spiritual faculties. So when the spies said they were as grasshoppers in their own “sight” it was indeed in their thoughts. They thought they were small. They thought they would get defeated. They thought they were not strong enough. And not once did they turn their thoughts to God. It was all about them and the giants.
This one line of thinking caused a whole generation of Israelites to see themselves as small, less than, incapable – forgetting all about the great and mighty God who had split the Red Sea before them and freed them from slavery in Egypt. A whole generation died in the wilderness, never experiencing the promised land because they thought wrong. Physically they had been freed from slavery but mentally they were still cowering in the corner, feeling weak and defeated.
Likewise, we can be saved; we put our hand up in church, we said the prayer, we are attending church every week. But, if we do not allow God to begin the process of dealing with our thought life, we can end up like the 10 spies. We are saved and we will make it into heaven but we are struggling and bound by the chains of wrong thinking. Wrong thinking gets in the way of spiritual maturity. It keeps us under the thumb of sin and we are dominated by the mindset of the flesh. We need to come up from that and break free of wrong mindsets.
The problems you are facing may be very real. These spies were not exaggerating the people of the land were giants. They were big and scary. But what we have to do is to remember whose we are and who we are in God. Take note I said, “remember”. It’s a thought process. We have to learn to think right in the midst of chaos, that’s the power of a transformed mind. Our thoughts can drive us to fear and we bow to our obstacles or they can drive us to faith, and we rise up.
Of the 12 spies, 2 of them had a transformed mind. Joshua and Caleb were not like the others. Their report in Numbers 13:30 NKJV was, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” That is a bold, full of faith, full of grit response. The result of a transformed mind is that you begin to see yourself the way God sees you and you begin to see God for who He is. When you have a transformed mind, you then begin to believe that with God all things are possible. You become bold, full of faith and full of grit.
How we think and what we think matters. It matters to God and it should matter to us. Our future is always based on the decisions we make today. If our decisions today are coming from a place of fear and weakness, our future will also be full of fear and weakness.
2 Corinthians 3:18 says, “And we all, with unveiled face, continually seeing as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are progressively being transformed into His image from [one degree of] glory to [even more] glory, which comes from the Lord, [who is] the Spirit.” When we allow the Holy Spirit to do a work in us, this verse says we are “progressively being transformed” into God’s image. This means we get stronger, we walk in more authority, we are victorious, we live the lives God intended for us.
Transformation of your mind is not a one day thing. It is dependent on the thoughts we allow to take up real estate in our minds and the thoughts we evict. Let us commit to the renovation process that the Holy Spirit wants to do in our minds so we can mature and grow in Christ likeness.
Love and blessings,