Summary: This sermon deals with your thoughts becoming your actions.
WHAT ARE YOU THINKING? 12/26/02
There are many sayings about thinking. “Who do you think you are?” One of Hopes favorites to the boys and myself is, “What in the world were you thinking?” (Example, Seth and the egg and the shower)
In the dream world, have you ever had something or someone one on your mind and then had a dream about it? Your mind is acting out on your thoughts.
What you think affects your attitude. When Zach was playing football this past year, I encouraged him to think no matter what the record of the other team, no matter what happened last week, to go in thinking that they could win the game. And with their record and their player’s talents, this didn’t always add up in Zach’s mind. But if they go out on the field thinking that they don’t stand a chance then they are defeated already.
When you think about it, what you think has a lot to do with your actions. Our text indicates that as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. So in essence, what you think is what you are.
James 2:14-15, “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire is conceived, it give birth to sin; and sin, when full-grown, brings forth death.”
Where do those desires come from? Satan puts on the bait; then we start thinking how good it could be and then our thoughts without proper direction become our actions.
So the question I ask you today is what are you thinking? What is on you mind that is reflecting your actions?
Good things can come from what you are thinks as well as bad things can happen from what you are thinking. So do you want the good first or the bad? Let’s start with the bad and end on the good note.
Bad thoughts. We all have them form time to time. Sin is a result of our bad thoughts.
If I were to ask for a raise of hands of people who have committed adultery; I don’t think there would be very many hands go up. But in Matthew 5:28, “ But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart”.
The misinterpretation here is the looking is the sin. It is the lusting that is the sin. When you look at that person and you start thinking impure thoughts that is what the sin is. Now it starts with the eyes and the verse after refers to plucking out the eye to keep from sinning.
Who do you think you are? Pride is a sin. Thinking that you are really something when we are nothing. Satan will use pride as a weapon to make us think that we are something else. You do something and receive a few complements and bam, he goes to work.
Galatians 6:3, For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
John 15:5, I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
Our Mouths or rather what comes out of them
We think a lot of times and say things we shouldn’t because we fail to gather the facts. Have you ever falsely accused someone only to have to stick your foot in your mouth afterwards?
We think that someone has wronged us and we hold a grudge and think badly about that person instead of going to that person in a loving way and making things right. You will go around and talking to everybody else about that person instead of talking to the person yourselves.
I wish that I could have a screen and could preview every thing before it comes out of my mouth. Hope also wishes I had one too.
All sin is a result of our bad thoughts. The saying, “I don’t know why I did it, I wasn’t thinking”. The truth of the matter is that you were thinking, just not thinking properly. The brain is triggered by what we think thus causing our actions.
We might think that we have more time. If you are here today and have not accepted Christ, then you may be thinking someday. If you are here today and are a Christian but you are not committed to Christ, you might be saying when I get older or after I get my career going. Thinking you have more time is wrong, today is the day of salvation, today someone you know could be their day of salvation. We don’t have any assurance of tomorrow. We need to make things right with our creator today.