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Your thought is Your identity
"For as he thinketh in his heart so is he."
Who are you? For most people the answer to this question will cause them to seek answer from different point of view. They may tell you their name, where they came from and may be their father's name. But these answers are really not the answer to this question. A man is defined by the way he thinks in his heart(spirit), and that's his identity. As human being we do three things in our conscious state - we think, feel, and act. These three attributes over a long time determines the way we do things - our norms.
How do you think in your heart? This is a strategic question, because "how" defines the process about the execution of our thought. Most of the times our pattern of though in the way we do things have become a habit and therefore predictable that people very close to us can confidently say how we would react or behave under a particular condition. Our thought process is the culmination of who we become. We have control over three things - our thought, feelings, and our behaviour. But the great thing about the human mind is that we have the ability to change any of these faculties in our being so as to progress better in life. The human mind can be changes, renewed and transformed empowering us to become better in the way we do things in terms of the options and opportunities available to us.
Look at the possibilities that we have as a result of changed thinking. When we change our thought we change our belief. Remember, all changes takes place at the subconscious level (the habitual mind) and the mind processes information by presupposing what it believes to be true until a different interpretation challenges the previous belief. By changing your beliefs, you change who you are.
Changes belief leads to changes expectation and this in turn result in changed attitude. Changed attitude results in changed performance and therefore a changed life.
From these preambles. it's clear that changed thinking is the gateway to good tidings in our life. The Apostle Paul gave us the following prescriptions on the things to think about:
"Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever thigs are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report ; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise thing on these things." (Philippians 4:8).
Thought is about things. These things we thinks about can mould and shape our destiny. Therefore we need to mind what you think about. Our thoughts have the ability to transform us and hence shape our destiny. In Proverbs 4:23; we're enjoined to:
"Keep thy heart with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life."
You need to be in control of your thought, feeling and behaviour by choosing to nurture thoughts that will empower you to realise your God's given potential. As creatures of God and intelligent beings we need to be determined to fulfil our destiny by learning God's thoughts and depending on Him to transform us daily.