We’ve all heard the famous quotes or phrases like:
“Mind over matter”
“If you think you can, you can. If you think you can’t, you’re right” – Henry Ford
“As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” Prov 23:7
I will even go as far to say that most people can agree with the power your mind has and the results you get from your deep seeded beliefs. But, what I see very little of, is HOW to change your mindset.
Statements like “Just change the way you think about it” make it sound so easy. The concept is simple- but the application is an entirely different story.
If changing the way you think about things were easy, then everyone would know how to get unstuck. Professionals such as counselors, psychologists and life coaches would become obsolete.
Our mind and the way we have been programmed to think through our experiences, hurts, culture, and the environment we were raised in is not as easy to transform as one may hope.
BUT it absolutely can be done. People radically transform their lives as a result of first radically transforming their mind and ultimately their heart.
The bible tells us to “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Prov 4:23 NLT
This is a commonly misinterpreted scripture. People use this scripture to justify putting walls up, and distancing themselves from painful situations and even people. While there is wisdom with setting boundaries and taking necessary action when a boundary is crossed, it does not mean to harden your heart with bitterness, fear, anger, resentment and unforgiveness.
You actually guard your heart by what you allow into your mind. What you perpetually think about will become deeply rooted into your thought processes that it becomes a subconcious (heart) belief. From the subconcious (heart) belief is where we speak, act, and get results.
“…out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” – Luke 6:45 NKJV
Further biblical scripture backs this up when Jesus shares about receiving what we ask for and desire in prayer.
22Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. 23I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. 24I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. 25But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.f” Mark 11: 22-25 NLT
What you say, and believe in your heart, is what you get.
Unforgiveness begets unforgiveness.
Having a confident belief that your Heavenly Father loves you and delights in giving you what you ask for results in receiving what you asked for.
(Side Note: When do you receive it? You receive it the moment you ask for it. Notice the past tense? “If you believe you have RECEIVED it, it will be yours.” (but it may take a while for it to manifest- just remember to thank God that He already gave it to you, and praise Him for it. THEN you will SEE it manifest).
Now I will caution you here – this is not a name it and claim it teaching that supports treating God like a vending machine where you put your prayer order in and he just spits it out to you exactly as ordered. But He will answer you and give you what you need.
And from my experience, the bigger, bolder and more audacious your prayer is- the more that delights and pleases Him, and He certainly will give you what you ask for… But be prepared for a major season of intense training to receive that big, bold answer to your prayer(s).
To sum things up, your mindset is another way to describe your subconscious heart belief. Positive imaging, visualizing your success, and positive affirmations are all great ways to transform your mind, heart, and attitude for success and abundance- however, all that effort will be null in void if you harbor unforgiveness.
Or you may experience the appearance of success and internally be tormented by the root of unforgiveness. Forgiveness is the true starting point of transforming your mind, heart, and attitude to walk in TRUE riches and success.
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