FEBRUARY 2012 NUGGETS OF TRUTH
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I was asked to write an article for the “Dallas Christian Family Magazine” under title: Special Feature, December 2011 issue. I am sharing it with you for the February 2012 Nuggets of Truth.  Please enjoy.

THOUGHTS!

“What were you thinking?” the mother said to her little toddler who was standing, most bewildered, with scissors in her hand. The child thought she did a rather nice job of cutting a chunk of hair out of her little friend’s head!

We are not always sure what is going to come from the mind of a little child. However, as grown-ups, do we stop to think what we are thinking? We should. Every word, action, habit and attitude starts with a thought. The Scripture tells us “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7).

Our thoughts are powerful and fall into two categories (according to research science, study of the brain): Fear Thoughts or Faith Thoughts. Therefore, our thoughts are either positive and healthy to us or they are negative as well as most destructive and toxic to our bodies and well-being. Healthy, God-honoring thoughts produce healthy chemicals that go through our bodies, giving life. However, negative thoughts bring an abundance of toxic chemicals that pour out from our brain into every part of our body, bringing destruction and health problems. According to research, 87% to 95% of all illnesses are from the thought life. This is an astounding statement!

Damaging emotions: fear, anger, resentment, unforgiving, worry, inferiority, hopelessness, rejection, trauma, anxiety, humiliation, abandonment, betrayal, negative self-talk, and so much more. Doubting God and His Word can bring on defeat, discouragement, depression and distractions.

Wikipedia’s definition of thoughts sounds like it comes right from the Bible:

  • A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.

  • Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves, they therefore remain bound.

  • Every action and feeling is preceded by a thought.

  • Right thinking begins with the words we say to ourselves.

  • Circumstance does not make the man, it reveals him to himself.

The marvelous Word of God tells us: “He will keep us in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Him“ (Isaiah 26:3). The “How” to receive freedom from toxic thinking comes through a vital relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 10:9&10), the power of His Holy Spirit, with meditating and trusting in His Word. “For God hath not given spirit

of fear but power, love, and a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). He gives us all the answers to all problems and challenges in Scripture. What a hope and blessing!

I can tell you, with full assurance, that God loves you and you are in His thoughts. This, my precious friend, is an awesome thought.

It is OUR Choice. We choose what we think. We choose to be what we are.

Be blessed,

Jan


My friend, Jesus Christ, the perfect Son of God, died on a cruel cross to redeem all mankind of their sins, for all have sinned. He is the only way to be saved. We were given this gift of salvation because we can never be good enough to go to Heaven on our own merits. I desire all who read my Nuggets of Truth to have a wonderful relationship with Him.

PLEASE PRAY THIS SIMPLE PRAYER IN FAITH BELIEVING: Dear Lord Jesus, I believe that you are the son of God who died on the cross for my sins and were buried and rose again. I confess my sins. Forgive me, cleanse me, and create a new heart and new life in me. I receive you as Savior and Lord of my life. Thank you for this gift of salvation and eternal life. I pray this in the precious name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Romans 3:23
Romans 5:8
Romans 6:23
Ephesians 2:8-9
Luke 13:3
Romans 10:9-10