The most significant battles in the human life take place in the mind. Long before any man or woman finds themselves in the wake of physical violence and causing harm to another, the greatest battles take place in the mind (or the heart).
That small space in between your two auditory receptors (ears) is where you must first attain victory. If you never believe that you can win, you never will.
Your thought life is so important because that is where your words are formed. Words are nothing more than thoughts expressed.
The words that you speak are first heard by you and enter right back into your heart. It’s a cycle that you must interrupt when necessary and exercise control over. How do I disrupt the process?
I talk to myself. Okay, stop the judgmental thoughts toward me. You know you talk to yourself too. Sometimes you even do it out loud.
Jesus teaches, “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34). Wisdom tells us “Keep your heart will all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23). If you don’t like the words that have been recently coming out of your mouth, then it’s time for a heart check-up.
Marcus Aurelius once said, “You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” That statement is dripping with rich truth. As one who is in Christ; seated, clothed, and in my right mind, the greatest power that God has given me is over my thought life.
I find it necessary to remind myself of this truth regularly, and often daily. Accepting this knowledge and staying in the process of renewing my mind through the transforming power of God’s Word has been key to my maintaining “the victory.” See Romans 12:1-2 and 1st John 5:1-5.
Such transformation takes place by staying in the Bible. Listening to God is the only way for me to know how to talk to myself.
My bottom line counsel for you today is to become very conscious of the conversations in your mind. Keep your heart pure by only saying and believing those things to yourself that God and His words have already declared over you.
Properly talking to yourself is the key to good heart (mental) health.
Don’t just listen to yourself. Talk to yourself. Make sure you are saying the right stuff to yourself.
You do talk to yourself, don’t you?