Our Thoughts Create All of Our Moods

This quote from Dr. David Burns, really resonated in my heart when I heard him say it.  To think that our thoughts are containers with creative power, is so startling in some ways.  We forget that our thoughts lead us up and down paths. Some are wonderful and full of joy and love, while others are dark and destructive.  The irony is we choose what we will keep in our thoughts.

We can pick and choose at will what is stored there.  When someone speaks harshly to us, curses us, wounds us in any manner, we can choose to hold resentful thoughts.  We can even choose to go further and choose vengeful angry thoughts against that person or people group.  We could decide to forgive that person or persons and be set free of the power of their words against us.  Jesus who had all reason in the world to hate those  who crucified him, chose to forgive them.  If He can do that, we can too.  It is a place of surrender to Holy Spirit in us, that allows us to forgive and release others.  We choose….we choose…not anyone else.  We are in control of that area of our lives.

The Bible has a lot to say about our thoughts.  God gave us the ability to think.  We are not robots, but rather created in His image with the creative power over thoughts, words and deeds in our lives.  He also gave us a lot of Scriptures to help us control and use those abilities in the correct manner.

Here are some Scriptures to help us:

Job 20:2 (NKJV)

 “Therefore my anxious thoughts make me answer,
Because of the turmoil within me.”

Psalm 10:4 (NKJV)

The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God;
God is in none of his thoughts.”

Proverbs 12:5   (NKJV)

The thoughts of the righteous are right,
But the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.”

Proverbs 16:3  (NKJV)

Commit your works to the Lord,
And your thoughts will be established.”

Isaiah 55:7 (NKJV)

Let the wicked forsake his way,
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
Let him return to the Lord, And He will have mercy on him;
And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.”

Jeremiah 6:19  (NKJV)

Hear, O earth!
Behold, I will certainly bring calamity on this people—
The fruit of their thoughts,
Because they have not heeded My words
Nor My law, but rejected it.

O earth!
Behold, I will certainly bring calamity on this people—
The fruit of their thoughts,
Because they have not heeded My words
Nor My law, but rejected it.”

Philippians 4:8  (NKJV)

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”

Romans 12:3   (NKJV)

For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.”

Psalm 7:9 (NKJV)

Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end,
But establish the just; For the righteous God tests the hearts and minds.”

Good Water or Bad. What Is Flowing From Our Well?

Good or Bad…what is flowing from our well?

What kind of words are coming out of our mouths? Are we being kind or filled with sour bitterness?  These verses from the Bible in James, are so clear.  We choose what we say.  We can pour out all of our inner anguish or choose to bless others.  We can scream bitter angry words or forgive and ask the Lord to heal our hearts.  We can put others down to make ourselves feel better or we can lift up others without needing praise from others.

Choices all given to us from the Lord God, our creator, who gives us the ability to choose our thoughts, words and deeds.  There are consequences from each choice we make, both good and bad.  One sign of a mature person is the ability to accept others without judgment.  Not an easy task, but each time we choose to bless rather than curse, heal rather than harm, we are growing in the Lord’s grace.  The rewards are a peaceful heart that has no condemnation and a growing group of people we love and are loved by.

James 3:2-12

We all make many mistakes. A person who never said anything wrong would be perfect. Someone like that would be able to control their whole body too. We put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us. With these bits we can control their whole body. It is the same with ships. A ship is very big, and it is pushed by strong winds. But a very small rudder controls that big ship. And the one who controls the rudder decides where the ship will go. It goes where he wants it to go. It is the same with our tongue. It is a small part of the body, but it can boast about doing great things.

A big forest fire can be started with only a little flame. The tongue is like a fire. It is a world of evil among the parts of our body. It spreads its evil through our whole body and starts a fire that influences all of life. It gets this fire from hell.

Humans have control over every kind of wild animal, bird, reptile, and fish, and they have controlled all these things. But no one can control the tongue. It is wild and evil, full of deadly poison. We use our tongues to praise our Lord and Father, but then we curse people who were created in God’s likeness. 10 These praises and curses come from the same mouth. My brothers and sisters, this should not happen. 11 Do good water and bad water flow from the same spring? Of course not.12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree make olives? Or can a grapevine make figs? No, and a well full of salty water cannot give good water.

Our words and thoughts are revealed to the Lord

Psalm 19:14  (ERV)

14 May my words and thoughts please you.
    Lord, you are my Rock—the one who rescues me.

Psalm 139:1-7 (ERV)

1 Lord, you have tested me,
    so you know all about me.
You know when I sit down and when I get up.
    You know my thoughts from far away.
You know where I go and where I lie down.
    You know everything I do.
Lord, you know what I want to say,
    even before the words leave my mouth.
You are all around me—in front of me and behind me.
    I feel your hand on my shoulder.
I am amazed at what you know;
    it is too much for me to understand.
Your Spirit is everywhere I go.
    I cannot escape your presence.