Eph. 3:20 - "Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,"
We know that God Himself is our source, but we must remember that His power works according to our ability to release Him through our lives.
One of the ways we limit His power working through us is our thought life.
Phil. 4:8 - "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."
This scripture is not just trying to keep us from thinking bad or evil thoughts, but it is a key for power. Take note of how energized and upbeat you become when you are thinking, talking about, or listening to the testimonies of God, or expectantly meditating on the good that is coming. (It affects you emotionally and physically.) Then take note of the drain in your energy and emotions when you think or meditate on negative thoughts. When you are judging or criticizing yourself or others, you will feel energy (both spiritual and physical) drain from you. God is not asking us to live in denial about bad things. He just wants you to change your perspective of those bad things. To put it simply, "The way you see your problem is your problem."I have heard worry described as fellowshipping with the devil. Unfortunately many of us spend more time fellowshipping with the devil (and discussing the hopelessness of circumstances or people), than we do fellowshipping with God and meditating on His power to change things. Even in prayer I am amazed at how often people will repeat to God the negative, hopeless thoughts that were inspired by listening to the enemy. We tend to listen to the devil and then make a case to God about how hopeless the situation looks. It is no wonder that many intercessors leave the prayer room burdened down and depressed.
What I am suggesting, is that we shift our awareness to factor God into the situation. Begin to meditate on past victories. It will give you strength for future victories. Begin to rehearse the promises of God and it will energize you emotionally.
I no longer judge my thoughts just on their apparent truthfulness, but also on the emotional and physical response they generate. Are my thoughts draining me and causing hopelessness? If so, then I must change my perspective by seeing what God is saying about the situation. His voice never carries hopelessness, condemnation, or lack of energy. He is never hopeless. He never condemns or drains us of energy. He is the opposite of those things. He is the God of all hope, who promises that there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ. He cannot drain us because He is the One who "fills" us with joy and peace (Romans 15:13). Numerous times in the book of Acts it mentions Peter and others being "filled" with the Holy Spirit.
So, are your thoughts bringing you hope and filling you with the divine energy of life, or are they generating emotional fruit incongruent with God's character? The answer is vital to our becoming all that we can be in Christ.
- Wendy Backlund