The Attitude of the Mind

ATTITUDE: A point of view. A mental state that is revealed in actions or feelings.

I have discovered that dark thoughts can form when my mind strays from the truth of God’s word; the more my focus moves away from His truth and turns toward problems and circumstances, the more negative my attitude can become. There is no life or blessing in these kind of thoughts—it is like a tree that is robbed of light:

But when I meditate in the light of God’s truth, my mind is like the Tree of Life in Eden—full of fruitful thoughts and a healthy attitude:

Here are several practices every follower of Christ—with the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit—can count on to help change thoughts, and therefore attitudes, whenever unwholesome musings cloud their minds:

Hebrews 4:12- Recognize that God’s word discerns and exposes the thoughts and intentions of the heart; therefore, it is a powerful weapon to help adjust our attitudes.

Romans 12:2- …therefore, renew the mind by prayerfully reading and meditating on the Scriptures

2 Corinthians 10:5- …and purposely bring every thought under the authority of Christ by countering lies with the truth of the Word, thereby “casting out” unwholesome thoughts.

Philippians 4:8- Then, fill our minds with praiseworthy-worthy things…things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and honorable.

It is important to remember to let go of all the negative thoughts, not merely add positive overtones to them. James 1:8 calls such a person, double-minded; that is, one who holds on to unbelief along with belief…who doubts even while hoping—a person who waivers between the two. Such a person is unstable in all their ways and will not be able to receive of the Lord. The “tree” may appear this way:

Just as this tree will not thrive when half its branches are dead, the mind will not be supernaturally healed and transformed when a person continues to waver between doubtful unbelief and hopeful belief.

My prayer is as King David’s, “Let the words of my mouth,” and the meditations of my heart, be acceptable in Thy sight, Oh Lord” (Psalm 19: 14). I pray that the mind of every believer will focus and rely completely on the Lord, so that all will continue to experience the inner peace that only God can bring (Isaiah 26: 3).