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“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.”

– Deuteronomy 6:5,6

I want to continue sharing the fact that adapting to a new thinking pattern and mindset is challenging — but possible! Multiple Bible passages emphasize the importance of loving the Lord with all your mind. We are instructed in the above scripture to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.” The Hebrew word for strength is “me’od.” “Me’od” means very or very much and is often translated as strength. The word very is used to enhance the impact of any word it is associated with. For example, when God created the world He said it was good, but when He created man, He said it was very good. Think of a child who says, “I love you with all my very!” It’s grammatically incorrect, but it implies that they are filled with so much love. How do you love the Lord with your mind? The Bible teaches us that 1) Every thought should be taken captive and 2) A man is like the thoughts he has in his heart. Literally, what you think is who you are. 

Friend, guess what else changes if you change and upgrade your thoughts? All other aspects of your life! You will continue to live the same life if you keep thinking the same way. A change in life coincides with a change in thoughts, and you and I need new thoughts. Changing your thoughts doesn’t happen naturally, but with purpose and intentionality. It is through the Holy Spirit that you are able to walk in the “me’od” — the “very much” as your thoughts change. As you practice and apply this discipline, improvements will come!

Prayer


Father, help me practice and apply discipline to change my thoughts and see improvements in my life.

Reflection


What are the areas where you would like to cultivate new thoughts?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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6 Responses

  1. I see the point you are trying to make, but some people have trouble loving God, others or themselves because they have been abused/ either physically, emotionally , sexually or in all ways. They cannot jus think and pray their way out of the hurt , pain and trauma they suffered anymore then a cancer patient would say I do not need medical help I will just pray and change my thoughts! You Preachers NEED to get educated and talk to licensed counselors before you preach, you are giving misinformation!!!
    Your words have impact!!

  2. Beautiful sermon today. I feel better about something that happened on my job. It’s similar to what Joseph’s brother did. I can either have PTSD or PTS Growth, I choose GROWTH. Bountiful blessings

  3. I need to cultivate new thoughts in the areas of health.exercise.and nutrition.There is still time for me to start.For example.Watching what
    I eat.Stepping on the scale and weighing myself.looking at the digital readout, jotting down he number on s piece of paper.Washing my face, brushing my hair, cleaning my teeth.Getting dressed, riding that bike and pedaling off the pounds.I want to be healthy, to enjoy the rest of my life, oops forgot to say, taking a shower every other day. God grant me the wisdom to change my negative thoughts into positive ones.Amen.

  4. I have been enjoying my morning Positive Minutes for over a quarter century and have never failed to find a positive thought or two in each one. Possibly, it’s because of my positive expectations when reading them. Looking for positives, I find them. I’m also sure that if my predisposition was to find fault, I would find them, too.

    There’s a saying that “Each journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. Each step is the result of a thought you have. If you have a positive vision of your odyssey, the more positive thinking on your journey, the better your chance of an enjoyable and successful trip.

    For me, each Positive Minute is a cameo of life, suggesting the steps to take to live a positive, God-inspired life.

  5. One of the main tenets of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is that our thoughts influence our feelings and behaviors. When we have been physically or emotionally hurt by others our thoughts automatically go into a defensive posture. Pain generates anger and it is a natural response, but it can also be destructive if it is left to exist without generating positive actions on behalf of ourselves. Finding ways to acknowledge, work through and reframe hurt, pain or anger with our thoughts can provide healing and growth. How we choose to think about all things is going to directly affect how we feel about them. Yes it is difficult, especially if you have been abused in any way, but it is a choice that can make all the difference in your view of life, how you treat yourself and how you relate to others.
    When I read Pastor Bobby’s comments, I am encouraged to see that things I have learned in my career as a licensed clinical counselor are actually reflections of biblical principles.
    Thank you pastor Bobby for your daily messages of hope and encouragement.

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