This one Scripture alone lets us know how very important it is that we think properly. Thoughts are powerful, and according to the writer of the book of 2 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…. PROVERBS 23:7 Proverbs, they have creative ability. If our thoughts are going to affect what we become, then it should certainly be a priority that we think right thoughts. I want to impress on you the absolute necessity of getting your thinking in line with God’s Word. You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind. T HE M IND OF THE F LESH S V ERSUS THE PIRIT M IND OF THE For those who are according to the flesh and are controlled by its unholy desires set their minds on and pursue those things which gratify the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit and are controlled by the desires of the Spirit set their minds on and seek those things which gratify the [Holy] Spirit. Romans 8:5 In the King James Version the eighth chapter of Romans teaches us that if we “mind” the things of the flesh, we will walk in the flesh; but if we “mind” the things of the Spirit, we will walk in the Spirit. Let me put it another way: If we think fleshly thoughts, wrong thoughts, negative thoughts, we cannot walk in the Spirit. It seems as if renewed, God-like thinking is a vital necessity to a successful Christian life. There are times when we humans will be lazy about something if we don’t realize how important it is to pay attention to it. But, when we realize it is a matter that will cause great problems if we let it go, then we get in gear and take care of it because we realize it is so important. Let us say, for example, that the bank calls and tells you that your account is overdrawn by $850. You immediately look for the problem. Perhaps in your search you discover that you failed to make a deposit that you thought you had made. You rush to the bank right away with the deposit, so you won’t have any further problems. I would like for you to consider this matter of getting the mind renewed in the same manner. Your life may be in a state of chaos because of years of wrong thinking. If so, it is important for you to come to grips with the fact that your life will not get straightened out until your mind does. You should consider this area one of vital necessity. Be serious about tearing down the strongholds Satan has built in your mind. Use your weapons of the Word, praise and prayer. B YTHE S PIRIT …Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit…says the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 4:6 One of the best aids to freedom is asking God for a lot of help—and asking often. One of your weapons is prayer (asking). You can’t overcome your situation by determination alone. You do need to be determined, but determined in the Holy Spirit, not in the effort of your own flesh. The Holy Spirit is your Helper—seek His help. Lean on Him. You can’t make it alone. A V ITAL N ECESSITY For the believer, right thinking is a vital necessity. A vital necessity is something that is so important that one simply cannot live without it— like a heart beat is vital, or blood pressure is vital. These are things without which there is no life. The Lord impressed this truth on me years ago concerning personal fellowship with Him in prayer and the Word. I was having a terrible time disciplining myself to do these things until He showed me that they are a vital necessity. Just as my physical life is dependent upon my vital signs, so my spiritual life is dependent upon spending regular, quality time with God, Once I learned that fellowship with Him is vital, I gave it priority in my life. In the same way, once I realized that right thinking is vital to victorious living, I got more serious about thinking about what I was thinking about, and choosing my thoughts carefully. AS YOU T HINK. S O A RE Y OU Either make the tree sound (healthy and good), and its fruit sound (healthy and good), or make the tree rotten (diseased and bad), and its fruit rotten (diseased and bad); for the tree is known and recognized and judged by its fruit. Matthew 12:33 The Bible says that a tree is known by its fruit. The same is true in our lives. Thoughts bear fruit. Think good thoughts, and the fruit in your life will be good. Think bad thoughts, and the fruit in your life will be bad. Actually, you can look at a person’s attitude and know what kind of thinking is prevalent in his life. A sweet, kind person does not have mean, vindictive thoughts. By the same token, a truly evil person does not have good, loving thoughts. Remember Proverbs 23:7 and allow it to have an impact on your life: for as you think in your heart, so you.