Pastoral Resource Ministries, Inc.
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A Ministry for the Millennium
"The Influence of Thought
Words of Inspiration for the Week of January 4, 2004
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Text:  Phillipians 4:8 "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest,
whatsoever things 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, think on these things."

It is a fact that as we travel through our daily lives we are constantly thinking about one thing
or another.  We automatically do this because thinking is an important activity that every
human being goes through whether he/she is aware of it or not. Our minds are always at work
thinking about something.  The reason for this is because most of the time we are focusing on
the countless minor concerns that are daily pressing upon our minds.  It is generally out of the
"influence of thought," that we often discover that what we think about is what normally
dictates what kind of person we are going to be, or the type of decision we will make in life.  I
believe this assessment is true because Solomon tell us in the book of Proverbs "For as he
thinketh in his heart, so is he" (Proverbs 23:7).   The same author also tells us, "There is a way
which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death" (Proverbs. 14:12).  
Yet, following this statement in Proverbs 23:12, we are influenced by these words, "Apply thine
heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge."

Since every one of us is affected by the "influence of thought," we often find ourselves
encountering thoughts, feelings, and interests that we allow to invade and occupy our minds.  
When we allow this to happen to us, our thoughts, feelings and interests will eat away at us.  
They will shape us into just what it is that we are thinking about.  If we think we are good for
nothing, then we are good for nothing.  If we think we are failures, then we will fail.  If we
think we are not teachable, then we will not learn.  If we think Jesus Christ has the power to
save us, then He will save us.  If we think we can be powerful witnesses for Jesus Christ, than
we will be effective witnesses for Him by the power and might of the Holy Spirit.

It is vital that we learn how to master our thoughts.  This I must say is not an easy task to
accomplish.  Sometimes it is hard to line up our thoughts with God's thoughts simply because
our thoughts often think about how our common happiness depends on the things of this world.  
There are times we forget that the power of temptations and worldly influences are
unconsciously held in our thoughts.   At times, it is difficult to regulate our minds and our
actions because everyday we are facing different kinds of adversities in life.  Earlier I said,
sometimes it is hard to line up our thoughts with God's thoughts, but I did not say this task was
impossible.  Why? Because Jesus said, "…with God all things are possible" (Matthew 19:26)
when we began to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.  The Apostle Paul tells us,
"Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 2:5).   He is constantly
reminding us that "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where
Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.  Set you affection on things above, not on things on the
earth" (Colossians 3:1-2).

When we read the words of Paul found in Phillipians 4:8, Paul gives us a pattern to follow that
will help us stay heavenly minded.  He says, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things 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, think on these things."  If we   practice thinking and acting on these
things during this New Year by the power of the Holy Spirit, then our thought will be
"influenced" by God's thoughts.

Be blessed!
Pastor Gilbert

"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God..." (1 John 4:7)
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