Food for Thought

” What we think, we become.”

I have heard this quote all my life. Not sure who first said it. Do we believe it? Do we have scriptures to confirm or deny it? Are we capable of controlling what we think? Will we become anything we want if we can think it? What do you think?

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13 thoughts on “Food for Thought

  1. It might possibly be true that we could become what we THINK. Paul warns us in the 2Corinthians 10:5, to ‘cast down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God….against the truth, against high mindedness, and to bring into captivity, every thought to the obedience of Christ.’ So I understand that to mean that as in the Proverb Gary quoted, that if we think of improper things, set inappropriate goals, Paul says that we must cast those down because we could be in danger of those things taking us captive and giving dangerous direction to our lives. Another confirmation can be found in Philippians 4:8 where Paul says,(paraphrased) ‘whatsoever things are true, just, lovely, of good report, if there is virtue, if there is praise, THINK on these things” PAUL intimates in verse 9 that, as how they have observed Paul behave after these things that they (we)should also imitate and practice.
    There must be good cause to believe that we can control what we think and we can become virtuous if we will follow the Direction of the Holy Spirit, The Word of God and believe and take direction from our spiritual coaches.

  2. I would think that if we think on ourselves all the time we would become very selfish people.

    Philippians 2:3,4 says, “Let each regard the others as better than and superior to himself (thinking more highly of one another than you do yourself).

    It seems to me when we take our minds off our own problems and begin to focus outward to others and let God use us in their life than He works in our lives.

    Think what you can do good today for another to bless them as you know God would want them blessed. Then our lives will be filled with blessings from others that are also honoring God.

    My answer would be the way we think about others is what we will become.

  3. From my understanding of scriptures, if we have set our heart and mind to seek and follow God’s will and goals for us and be like Him (I John 3:2-3) and stick to that goal and focus, than I think we will become like Him. And since He has a plan and purpose for each one of us, we can learn to know, understand, think on and act on it by a decision of our will. (“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jer. 29:11)
    Now if we don’t want this and think on other things and goals, we may achieve some of them, but I don’t think we can become something entirely different from what God created us and planned for us to be just because we think about it.

  4. ….are we capable of controlling what we think?…yes..if it were not so Jesus would not have said…whatsoever things are pure..good ..think on these…And bring every thought captive…so yes we can control what we think…but it seems there may be a battle in doing so….(bring every thought CAPTIVE)….you have to fight sometimes to do it …so if there is a battle in controlling ones thoughts..then there must be power in those thoughts to bring about a change in the person for good or bad….(got me thinking)…dj

  5. Gee, DJ, what kind of power in our thoughts. I have never had much power in just thinking a thing or two? HUM, have I?

    That would be one awful thought to wake up one morning and realize I could of had lots of things if I had just thought about them. I would like to hear more about this?

  6. again on DJ’s comment on ‘power in our thoughts.”

    If we think thoughts about another that we don’t like about them, does that mean we are becoming more and more like them?

  7. I Corinthians 2:14-16 tells us that the natural man does not understand the spiritual man.

    vs. 14 says the natural man does not understand spiritual things because spiritual things are spiritually discerned.

    Therefore, if my spirit knows things that my head doesn’t know and I began to reason with my head if I like what it said or not. Try and convince my friends of my thinking mess. Then I guess I will become what I think.

    A thinking mess!!!!!

  8. We need to have the mind of Christ… because only the mind of Christ is able to receive the things of God, the natural man can’t receive the things of God…

    “But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Corinthians 2:14

    The Holy Spirit only reveals one Jesus Christ…and Him crucified; the doctrines of man that seek to change man by any other way than being born from above, are lying spirits.

    “… believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1

    I am spending a lot of time meditating on this quote as it really scares me. I have listened to others and myself way too long making excuses for any and everything that we want to do because of our feelings, emotions, and our thoughts of rejection. We use any and every excuse to skirt around the truth of God because we just plainly don’t want to follow Jesus Christ, crucified.

    We start thinking and reasoning with our minds and we run quickly back to the mess the devil has made and will continue to make for us and that is what we want. We do have a choice and we just made it. Those in relationship and fellowship with us have a choice also to make. Stay in the natural with us or continue in the spirit and watch the natural man run.

    Romans 13:11 “…it is high time to awake out of sleep (spiritual) for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.” vs. 12 “…let us cast off the works of darkness and let us put on the armor of light.” vs. 14…” make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”

  9. Sara, you asked what kind of power…well…according to what Gary wrote from proverbs 23’7..for as a man thinks in his heart, so is he…the Power had better be of the Holy Ghost or you will be in a whole world of trouble if the power is not of God but self sitting on the throne….as for If we think thoughts about another that we dont like about them…are we becoming more like them?….to me it seems that thinking of what we dont like about another shouldnt make you more like them thats the choice of controlling ones thoughts with the help/power of the Holy Spirit, it should only make us more aware not to be or do as they ….and I agree with you about the thinking mess….and with what you wrote from 1Corinthians 2;14and 1st John 4;1….I..chose to stay in the Spirit and watch the natural man run…..dj

  10. “Will we become anything we want if we can think it?”
    This made me think of a song I sang, in a children’s musical. Here are some of the lyrics to the song:

    “I am a promise, I am
    a possibility, I am
    a promise, with a capital
    “P”, I am a great big
    bundle of p-o-t-e-n-t-i-a-l-i-t-y!
    And I am learning, to hear
    God’s voice, and I am trying
    to make the right choice, I am
    a promise to be……anything God
    wants me to be!!

    I think the key here is…. “anything GOD wants me to be.” We can “think it” all we want to, but are we really seeking God for all things? We have already written that He wants us to prosper, but we must remember that we can CHOOSE to think about pure, wholesome things, like He has instructed us to or we can CHOOSE to think or DO other things. In 1 Samuel 12: 23 – 25 we are reminded of what we should think. Read with me: “As for me, I will certainly not sin against the Lord by ending my prayers for you. And I will continue to teach you what is good and right. But be sure to fear the Lord and faithfully serve Him. Think of all the wonderful things He has done for you. But if you continue to sin, you and your king will be swept away.”

    Yes, we do have the potential to be anything, but I agree with DJ here. The power better be from the Holy Ghost, or we might be like the Isrealites here and find ourselves in a thunderstorm or in a world of trouble?

    Read with me the quotes from the footnotes in my Bible for the above scripture verse 24… “This is the second time in his farewell speech that Samuel reminded the people to take time to consider what great things God had done for them. Taking time for reflection allows us to focus our attention upon God’s goodness and strengthens our faith. Sometimes we are so progress- and furture-oriented that we fail to take time to recall all that God has already done. Remember what God has done for you so that you may move ahead with gratitude.”

  11. Amen,
    Needles “take time for reflection allows us to focus our attention upon God’s goodness and strengthens our faith.” OK, try and do that and watch the distractions from every angle.

    It looks to be like and feels like it is a battle to keep your mind focused on God and His goodness. We sing God is good all the time. But, am I good with staying focused on Him all the time.

    Thanks to all that have worked here to help keep us focused on God and His goodness.

  12. Thank you Needles for I am a promise, I am a possibility. And Sara I love the song God is Good All the Time. Here are the words as a reminder to stay focused on him.
    God is Good All the Time by Don Moen

    Chorus:
    God is good all the time
    He put a song of praise in this heart of mine
    God is good all the time
    Through the darkest night, His light will shine
    God is good, God is good all the time

    If you’re walking through the valley
    And there are shadows all around
    Do not fear, He will guide you
    He will keep you safe and sound
    ‘Cause He’s promised to never leave you
    Nor forsake you and His Word is true

    Chorus

    We were sinners – so unworthy
    Still for us He chose to die
    Filled us with His Holy Spirit
    Now we can stand and testify
    That His love is everlasting
    And His mercies – they will never end

    Chorus

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