God-Like Thinking Not Positive Thinking
We hear it all the time. “Think positive”! There is a multi million dollar industry in the book world all about positive thinking. I get it. People are depressed. People get lonely. People get sad. Here’s the thing though. Without God we cannot change our thinking. Our thinking is all flawed because of sin. Sin has distorted everything about us. Especially our thinking. We cannot rely on positive thinking to change things. The Bible talks a lot about this. It is the doctrine of regeneration. The Bible is clear that there is a lot wrong with our brains, our spirit, and our soul. We are broken because of sin. Completely lost without Jesus. Yes I said Jesus that time instead of God. We cannot get to God without Jesus. It is impossible. Regeneration and Sanctification happen in the believers life when we replace our flawed thinking with God-thinking. Jesus had a lot to say about sanctification in John 17. In verse 16 the Lord says, “They are not of the world, even as I am not of it,” and this is before His request: “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth” (verse 17). WE are becoming something. Not by our own strength but by God’s power inside us. If you are born again, (which is the only way to enter the kingdom of God according to Jesus) you began a wonderful journey of sanctification. Part of that is your work and part of that is God’s work. The Holy Spirit changes the way we think. He replaces the old way of thinking with His kind of thinking. It does not happen overnight however. It is a process. How do we help the process? By staying close to Him. By reading His word. By praying regularly. By having quiet time with Him. That is our part. God does the rest. He literally replaces bad, flawed, garbage, and sinful thinking with His.
The Apostle Paul tells us “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14)
We want to put all that negative sinful thinking behind us and move forward with God like thinking. Try it today. Read the word of God. Pray to the creator of the Universe through Jesus. You will see what I’m talking about.
Pastor Robert Bullock
Trinity Baptist Church and Paradise Beach Weddings