“The Lord has given me a strong warning not to think like everyone else does….” Isaiah 8:11 (NLT)
God had set Isaiah apart as His servant, a prophet, to speak on His behalf. For him to be successful, he had to think differently than everyone else. Our thoughts govern a great deal of our behavior. The Bible says,
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he… (Prov. 23:7 NKJV)
Someone else said: “Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.” It all begins with how we think! That’s the power of a thought! How do you think? Do you think like everyone else? The Christ follower is motivated by deeper thoughts – the mind of Christ. The Bible tells us,
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus…. Philippians 2:5 (NKJV)
How do we get the mind of Christ? First, by receiving His life! When we open our hearts to Christ and turn from our sin to Him, He comes by His Spirit to take up residence in us. As we release control of our lives to Him, He teaches our minds to think differently. We begin to think His thoughts as we learn His will from His Word. In Philippians 4:8, the Bible says,
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
If you want to fix your thoughts so that you don’t think like everyone else, begin today to think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Think about what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely and admirable. When you do, you won’t have time to think about anything else!