Direct Your Thinking

Direct Your Thinking

(Faith Builders)

Definition: “Think”  To think is to direct one's mind toward someone or something or use one's mind actively to form connected ideas.

The other night my wife and I watched a movie together. For about an hour and a half we were entertained with this movie. Our attention was focused  on the movie. For the duration of this time all other thoughts were caught up in what we were watching. Our minds and emotions were engaged in the movie. 

Let's look at two other words. First is the word amusement which comes from the word amuse which means to divert or hold the attention of someone usually in a pleasant way. To entertain them, causing their focus of thought and mind to be directed.  To muse is to become absorbed in thought, especially to think about something carefully and thoroughly. The Hebrew is “myooz” which means to reflect, ponder, think, contemplate, or meditate. 

Ps 143:5

I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your works; I muse on the work of Your hands. NKJV

One is to have your thoughts and mind directed for you and one is to direct your thoughts and mind purposefully yourself. So there are two ways of thinking 1) You direct your thoughts or 2) Your thoughts are directed by situations, circumstances, by the general atmosphere that surrounds you. So what draws your attention or where is your focus? What are you dwelling on, or thinking about?

The scriptures direct us to think, dwell upon, attend to, meditate and or muse on His Words, His nature and character. Look at His Words as Jesus personally talking to you. Meditate, think, ponder and reflect on Him and His Words. So here are some scriptures worth your attention. Dwell on these, place your focus on what He says and how He views what's happening on a daily basis.  

Isaiah 26:3‭-‬4

You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You. So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages]. AMPC

“the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You--in both inclination and character], amp

“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfastNIV

“all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” NLT

 Colossians 3:1‭-‬2

So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective. MSG

“keep seeking the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind and keep focused habitually on the things above [the heavenly things], not on things that are on the earth [which have only temporal value].” AMP

“aim at and seek the [rich, eternal treasures] that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth.” AMPC

focus on the things that are above—where Christ holds the highest position. Keep your mind on things above, not on worldly things." GW

“Christ’s resurrection is your resurrection too. This is why we are to yearn for all that is above, for that’s where Christ sits enthroned at the place of all power, honor, and authority! Yes, feast on all the treasures of the heavenly realm and fill your thoughts with heavenly realities, and not with the distractions of the natural realm.” TPT

So what do we do if any other thoughts try to get us thinking and dwelling wrong? Just tell those thoughts to get out of your mind and go back where they belong and then replace them with the right thoughts, His thoughts. 

 2 Corinthians 10:5

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God,

and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. NIV