We are already wired this way. God saw to it when He made us. We see in pictures, we think in pictures. Some scientists that have explored the brain, explain that as we think, it's like a picture dictionary. We may see and read words, but really as we do, we are seeing them as pictures. It depends on what we put into this fascinating computer of ours what comes out. To think that the scenes that will be played out in this journey called our lifetime all depends on our continuing input of thoughts, is an amazing concept.
Just as the dollar bill is not bad, it's just currency exchange. But it all depends on how you use it. You can even worship it, and use it for evil or use it for good, in God's kingdom. Thoughts are the same. They are the framework for us, for our lives. They can be evil or good. And so as we accept them and input them into our minds, our very own computers, good or bad, we will create that blueprint and that blueprint will bring the end result.
It's also interesting how we can learn from the mistakes and the stories of the wicked in the Bible. We can learn from these. We can look at their lives and how they did things and know that if it was done in the negative, it can be done in the positive. Studying and finding the scriptures about some of these negative thoughts, has been an eye opener, and can tell us a lot of what we need to know in order to do the opposite. If it worked in the negative, then it can and will work in the positive.
Isaiah 59:7 Their feet run to evil and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.
As we begin to dissect this telling verse in order to meditate on it, we can see several important clues.
Remember that it all starts with thoughts and pictures in the imagination. The actions whether they be evil or good, are really the last thing to happen, not the first. You don't rob a store in a split second for no reason. You first have had to take the time to consider and devise a plan. Looking to the verse above, the reason that their feet run to evil and make haste to shed innocent blood is due to their thoughts. It's says that their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity. They are not sitting under a tree singing 'Kum bah Yah.' They are busy hating and conniving mischief. What you dwell on becomes a comfort zone. If you dwell on worry daily, continually, it will become a twisted comfort zone. But the good thing is that you can change this. It will take some effort on your part, and I can say from experience, at times there will be a fight in your head. But you just keep coming back to thinking on the good thoughts of God's Word.
Like this one:
Isaiah 26:3-4 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength...
The word 'mind' here is the Hebrew word 'Yetser' which speaks of the imagination, and means also conception, framework. When you are meditating, you are building something. You are building a framework. For what? For the future of your life. Isaiah says to keep your mind stayed on God. Jesus also is God, so you can picture Jesus. Stay there, and dwell on seeing His face. He will keep you in His perfect peace. You do this because you trust Him. This is how I meditate. And you can learn to do this as well.
Did you ever hear a song and the words whether they were bad or good stayed in your head? You just couldn’t get them out of your head. This has happened to me too. The only way I finally found was to replace it with another song. Or sometimes I would even change the words to something that made me happy instead of pulling me down. Words have such an effect on us, whether we are aware of it or not. You just can't say, ‘Oh that won’t happen to me. I won’t let it. I won’t let the words affect me, I can handle it.”
Words are seeds which are planted into our minds as thoughts. It can be by a bill board that you quickly drive pass and with a swift glance the thought can be planted. You can dismiss it. But let’s say it makes quite an impression on you to the point that you think on it later. The billboard pic could have been on anything. From liquor to a tropical vacation or a local dinner buffet. And when you lay your head down on the pillow, the picture comes back to you, and you begin to think and dwell on it. Let’s just pick a vacation for the example. The next morning you tell your mate, ‘You know, I think we need a vacation. We should start talking about it.’ The next week the thought comes back again and the next thing you know you are searching for places to go. Words and pictures are seeds.
Mark 4:14 The sower soweth the word.
This is speaking of God’s Word. And the fertile ground is speaking of our hearts. But the planting comes via through the imagination of our thoughts and minds. We water as we continually dwell on those particular thoughts. The thoughts can be evil or good. It doesn’t matter. And once the seeds break open and take root, they begin to grow. The plant grows steadily, so the fruit that is created will come as words out of your mouth. You will have a harvest. When the fruit of your lips is created and comes out of your mouth as words, it won’t be long until the action of those words will follow. It’s inevitable. This subject just fascinates me to no end. Most of us have no idea how powerful our thoughts and words are. But God knows, because He made us this way. An evil person that is speaking and having actions of evil will be having those type of thoughts as well. The Bible speaks of this. And a person who is the opposite, living and walking in the love of God is one who has trained their mind to think of God's thoughts. We can change our actions by our thoughts.
The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. Ps. 10:4
And yet the opposite case is also true.
The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit. Prov 12:5
Even though a person accepts Jesus in their heart, their mind and their thoughts need to change. And that is one thing that God cannot and will not do for you. You must renew your mind and change your thoughts. (Rom 12:1-3) If that were so, we would see such a dramatic change in believers. God gave us our own mind, will and emotions to choose Him freely, to love Him freely or not. To think on Him freely and on His Word, or not. It's up to us. He cannot and will not do that for us, because it's our mind, and we only have been given one. He sets the table before us, the feast of His incredible Word, full of mysteries and wisdom. But it's up to us, to get our shiny silverware out and scoot up to the table, wrap that napkin around our neck and start eating. We eat by thinking and chewing and speaking His lovely Word. 'Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life...' We must discipline our self to think and dwell on His Word. Before long it creates a habit and a comfort zone to which we cannot do without it. And we find ourselves changing from the inside out. It is really quite ingenious of God the Father to think of such a thing for us humans. And I am committed to teaching about this to inmates who really need some thought changing. I am excited to teach others what God has shown and taught me on the subject as well. We are a spirit that is one with God, if we are a believer, and we have a mind that is to be full of God's Word, and as a result it constantly comes out of our mouths, and then our body will soon follow into action that matches our thoughts and words. God is so brilliant!