- Watch your thoughts for they become words.
- Watch your words for they become actions.
- Watch your actions for they become habits.
- Watch your habits for they become character.
- Watch your character for it becomes your destiny.
I have also seen how people who are going down the wrong path can change things around by considering this in reverse:
- If you are not happy with your destination, change your character.
- If you are not happy with your character, change your habits.
- If you are not happy with your habits, change your actions.
- If you are not happy with your actions, change your decisions.
- If you are not happy with your decisions, change your emotions.
- If you are not happy with your emotions, change your thinking.
- If you are not happy with your thinking, change your words.
So where can we make sure the right words and thoughts are in our mind? Spend time with God’s Word and meditate on what He says about you and His plan, consider the promises He has made around you. God’s thoughts are higher and our thoughts and His ways are better than our ways. So let’s try to align to them. What God says happens…in the beginning…and ever since. Needing to hear how much God loves you or to put it another way how much you are loved? I found the Father’s Love Letter which takes God’s Word and gives it to us as a letter, take a read of it or listen to it or watch it as a video.
Now that we have filled our minds with the right words (which we need to do daily) let’s take those words for the words we speak come from the overflow of our hearts and with God’s Word in our hearts it should produce a great overflow. By being listener we are able to fill our minds with thoughts. If we take time to allow God’s Word to be spoken into our lives by spending time reading or listening to God’s Word daily, by going to a Bible believing and Bible preaching church, or by listening to Worship music while you drive, you are able get the right stuff in there.
How do you think you will start to feel with all of these thoughts in your mind? Positive, uplifting, encouraging, loving words spoken from the very heart of God… Proverbs tells us:
7For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. As one who reckons, he says to you, eat and drink, yet his heart is not with you [but is grudging the cost].
Emotions will come from your thoughts and words and emotions aren’t bad. How we respond to the emotions are where we can fall into the snare or trap of sin. Consider how you will respond, what decision you will make based on the truth rather than out of the emotions you are feeling. The devil is going to try and fill your mind and emotions with the lies that will get you to act out. Every decision we make has some emotion tied to it, but are they real truth or lies? The emotion and the decision are coming out of us. Ask God for wisdom and discernment to help us make the right choices. Let God’s love be what influences us.
We will be faced with many decisions we will need to make and from those decisions we will need to take actions. Sometimes the action may be to not do anything and other times it may mean we need to do something or give something or … Do the actions you are taking glorify God? Everything that we think, say, and do should be things that will glorify God. So consider this before you take action.
The more we take an action, the more a habit forms. Is it a good habit? Is it a habit that will keep you going down a good path of life? God’s grace is enough for us. God’s grace is undeserved and shouldn’t be thought of as acceptance. God’s plans and purpose for us so great that He loves us unconditionally right where we are at, but He loves us too much to leave us there. So don’t let the habits being formed be something that goes against the ways of God, but rather in alignment with God. In doing that way the character that is formed will be a good one. So following the process, let’s first get the words right and then get our thoughts right and from that get our emotions right which produces the right actions and then form the right habits so that we develop a right character so that we end up with the right destination or destiny.
Today’s Devotional: Think Right So You Can Speak Right
6And the tongue is a fire. [The tongue is a] world of wickedness set among our members, contaminating and depraving the whole body and setting on fire the wheel of birth (the cycle of man’s nature), being itself ignited by hell (Gehenna).
God, I want to speak positive, life-giving words. I invite You into my thought life and want to have a renewed mind, the mind of Christ, so I can please You with the words of my mouth.
By Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life – a Daily Devotional
365 Fear Nots: Verse Of The Day
Naomi replied, “Just be patient and don’t worry about what will happen. He won’t rest until everything is settled today!”
When we turn our concerns over to God we are assured that He will work it for His good.
Today’s Reading: Discipleship Journal’s Book-at-a-Time Reading Plan
I thank You Lord for this new day and for all that is within it. I praise You Lord for the truth and hope and love that You speak to me daily so that my mind is filled with positive thoughts. Help me today Lord in every situation to speak life, love, and hope through my faith in You to those around me. May this day be one that through my thoughts, my words, and my actions bring You praise, honor, and glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.