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9/11 Behaviour comes out of what’s in your Heart

So far we have discovered that much of who we are and how we react in our life comes out of a part of us that the Bible calls ‘The Heart’.  It is the centre of everything we are but it is hidden and only God can see this ‘unconscious’ part of us.  So how can be open up this deep part of us and really get to the place where we have an understanding of ‘why we do what we do’.

Often people complain that they can’t change their bad habits, or they keep making the same mistakes or they can’t get to sleep at night.  All three of these complaints involve faulty thinking.  It is often said that the ‘battle’ is in the mind.  Consider this basic model:

Heart —– > Thinking patterns —- > Emotions = Behaviour

Our essential motivation starts in our hearts.  The final result is a behaviour,  Luke 6:45).  Our thinking is influenced by our heart first!  Then, our behaviour by our emotions.  One of the things we will look at today is how our thinking influences our emotions.

A.  Where do our Thoughts come From?

Put simply we have three sources of thoughts or impressions:

1.  Our own rational human thoughts

This can be the self-talk we have mentioned before.  It can also be the daily routines we have in our mind – ‘It’s going to rain, get basket, clothes off line….’  These thoughts are often in sequence and orderly.  Sometimes, it can be what others have said about us that our mind hangs onto as well.

The Bible explains these: 1 Chronicles 29:18, Psalms 139:23.

2.  Thoughts from God

This can be the inner voice of the Holy Spirit, an ‘ahaaaa’ moment or just the Word coming alive in our lives.  Sometimes, it is the gentle conviction we feel about something.  The Bible explains it this way: Numbers 24:4, Acts 11:5, Psalms 139:17.  This includes the witness of the Holy Spirit, Collisions 3:15.  Remember, thoughts from Him will be encouraging, positive, ‘light’, warm, peaceful, etc.  If correcting, they will be to change behaviour, never accusing, always with the possibility of repentance.

3.  Satanic thoughts and temptations

Many people are ‘stuck’ thinking negative thoughts.  If they have agreed with the enemy’s ‘suggestions’ the belief then gets into their heart.  Examples: “My husband doesn’t love me anymore.‘  Or ‘I’ll never be a better dad!”  Then the biggest one: “God can’t be trusted as He really doesn’t love me.” 

The temptations to believe these lies come from Satan, especially if there is no proof of these beliefs.

The Bible talks about it this way:

 “… but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.  Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” James 1:14-15, NIV.  Also check out: Act. 8:22, Ezekiel 38:10, Proverbs 21:27, Luke 8:35.

B.  We can have control over our thoughts

We can change our thinking in different ways and thus break the wrong thinking cycle:

1.  It is our responsibility to renew our minds. 

They must be made ‘new’, by conforming to God’s Word (Romans 12:2, Ephesians 4:23).  God doesn’t do this for us; it’s our responsibility to learn what the Word says about us and our situations.

2.  We make the decision about what goes into the mind. 

We must set our minds on things above, Colossians 3:2.  What are you feeding your mind with….?  What are you watching on TV?  Where do you get your ‘life’s sparkle’ from?

3.  Wash Deception and Untruth away. 

Learn to spot the lies and half-truths you believe.  Choose to believe the Word of God, instead of your own fallible understandings, Ephesians 5:26, John 15:3.

4.  Consciously allow the Holy Spirit control over your Mind. 

We can distinguish between our worldly (soulish) and Godly (spiritual) thoughts by dwelling upon the Word of God (Heb. 4:12).  We must love God with our minds, Matthew 22:37, Mark 12:30, Luke 10:27.

5.  Throw away False or Wicked Thoughts. 

We can take control of our thinking processes and throw away thoughts that are not from God, 2 Corinthians 10:5.

As we learn to control our thinking process by aliening our mind with what the Word say about us, we will begin to ‘feel’ differently too. This is the subject of our next post.  Remember we are seeing that: Heart —– > Thinking patterns —- > Emotions = Behaviour!

Susanne Fengler, Blog Author


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