Is it possible that you are very strong in belief, but those things you are believing are from a source that doesn’t know how to give you peace of mind?
This erroneous source thinks it understands where your peace can be found and how to find it. However, for some reason, the locations it leads you to are like ‘clouds without rain.’ Fluffy images of peace appear, but then disappear without giving you any promised refreshment.
You believe and believe, but where’s the substance? Where’s the promise of peace fulfilled?
Perhaps it’s because the source of belief you’ve been counting on is your own firm declarations about life, love, and everything in between.
THE SOLUTION: Don’t believe everything you think. Exit the highway of ‘Self Opinion and Speculation.’
It’s not that everything we think is wrong. The problem is in the attitudes with which we hold our opinions and speculations.
The Scriptures reveal the weakness of understanding reality:
1 Corinthians 13:12, “We see as through a glass unclearly.”
Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with your heart and not your own understanding (what you think you know)”
It is true that we need to have personal convictions. We need to have a strong foundation of beliefs that we can stand upon. But, when all is said and done, what does the Lord require of us? Isn’t that the bottom line?
Micah 6:8 – He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
So, why am I saying, “Don’t believe everything you think”?
Because our thoughts are strongly influenced by a great many factors that are ultimately as firm as sinking sand. Those elements have been established by the questionable wisdom of the world we live in (and have lived in). They are padded with biases, prejudices, and deep emotional investments.
Our emotions play a very strong role in what we think on. The more we are emotionally attached to the issues we rehearse in our minds the further from the truth we potentially slide. In psychological terms, it’s called ‘confirmation bias.’
Truthfully, confirmation bias can be our ally if our emotions are deeply rooted in truth on the issue.
THE KEY: Developing an ever-increasing intimacy with the Living Word (Jesus) within your heart. Let that relationship convert the written word of Scripture beyond academic principle to active spiritual reality. That transformation will contain a deep emotional attachment that is God-driven rather than the fleshly demands of personal opinion.
HERE’S HOW YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EMOTION THAT IS GOD DRIVEN AND FLESH DRIVEN:
God-driven: Feels like joy, peace, patience, love, etc.
Flesh-driven: Anger, frustration, stress, jealousy, etc.
Believe what you think if it has the character and nature of Jesus on it.
Don’t believe everything you think if it contains the character and nature of the flesh: Anger, pride, stress, pride, etc.
Thinking like Jesus brings peace of mind. If your life is littered with fear, anxiety, stress, confusion, etc., you’re on the wrong road. Take the next exit to a more connected relationship with the Prince of Peace.