The one phrase that keeps popping up in my life recently is the quote from Mac Bledsoe, "The ideas in your head rule your world." What a powerful statement! It is profound. Each time I read it I see a deeper truth. It could be applied to just about anything pertaining to our lives. Each and every opinion that we formulate has either a positive or a negative impact on us and it most certainly governs our behavior. It does NOT have to be an accurate assessment. It merely has to be perceived to be true.
When I was 50 pounds lighter than I am right now I was tormented by the notion that I was fat. My hip bones stuck out of my clothes but nobody could convince me that I did not need to lose weight. Now, 50 pounds heavier I wonder if I even ‘have’ hip bones but nevertheless keep trying to convince myself that I don’t look ‘too’ bad. All this obviously has nothing to do with reality, yet my opinion, even though erroneous, will determine what I eat or don’t eat and how I feel about myself.
Proverbs says it this way, ‘As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.’ Therefore the necessary ingredient for changing our circumstance is to first change what we think. But, most importantly, our thoughts need to be based on fact and truth.
Truth is not determined by what we believe or by how many people believe it. God alone determines truth because God alone is omniscient. Jesus, who is ‘the Way, the Truth and the Life’ promised us abundant life but to live in that abundance we first need to ascertain His opinion and His thoughts on this and any other given matter. When we line up with His view of things our world will change accordingly. Only then can we trust the outcome to be beneficial to our immediate and eternal well-being.
I intend to show you with the following exercise that even our eyes cannot be trusted. They will not see what our brain insists is not there. First read the following sentence is the box ---
FINISHED FILES ARE THE RESULT OF YEARS OF SCIENTIFIC STUDY COMBINED WITH THE EXPERIENCE OF MANY YEARS
Now count the F’s in the sentence. Count them only once. The majority of people count only three. I assure you that there are six, proving that just because the majority perceives something to be true does NOT make it so.
We cannot completely trust our judgment or the views of the people around us because those ideas are formulated by our experiences and governed by our environment and the slant that society in general has taken. Some things we were just programmed to believe. How many of us were convinced that margarine was good for us and that butter and eggs were bad? Lucy, the hypothetical missing link found her way into museums, schools and text books before being proven an evolutionist´s hoax.
Science often speculates and history is tampered with and changed. There is only one absolute and that is God Himself. He NEVER changes. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Investigate His Ways. Believe His Word. He wrote them in a Book. Rest assured they are Truth. With heaven ruling your world, it will definitely be right side up.
Copyright Donna Martonfi www.psalm40ministries.com